U.S. Rep. Ryan Costello's bill is first to get a vote in new session of Congress
U.S. Rep. Ryan Costello didn't waste much time getting back to work when the new session of Congress began Tuesday.
The Chester County Republican, who represents part of Berks, authored the first bill to receive a vote in the new session. And the measure cleared the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously.
The proposal aims to rectify the performance issues that have plagued the U.S. Department of Veterans' Affairs by making it harder for poorly performing employees to skate by under the radar. The bill would keep disciplinary write-ups on employees' records permanently.
Now, minor disciplinary issues are erased from records after three years.
Costello said that practice has led to supervisors downplaying disciplinary issues to avoid adding permanent blights to employees' records.
"The reason I introduced this legislation is simple - it allows the Department of Veterans Affairs to maintain accurate records of disciplinary actions against employees," he said in a press release. "The file can then be taken into consideration when an employee is up for a bonus or promotion. My bill is intended to bring more transparency and accountability to the way we serve our veterans."
The bill now heads to the Senate for consideration.