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02/11/2020          

Strengthening Oversight for Veterans Act of 2020

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02/11/2020 Introduced in House Open

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116TH CONGRESS 
2D SESSION H. R. 5843 

To provide the Inspector General of the Department of Veterans Affairs 
testimonial subpoena authority, and for other purposes. 

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES 

FEBRUARY 11, 2020 
Miss RICE of New York (for herself and Mrs. RADEWAGEN) introduced the 

following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs 

A BILL 
To provide the Inspector General of the Department of Vet-

erans Affairs testimonial subpoena authority, and for 
other purposes. 

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representa-1

tives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, 2

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. 3

This Act may be cited as the ‘‘Strengthening Over-4

sight for Veterans Act of 2020’’. 5

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•HR 5843 IH

SEC. 2. TESTIMONIAL SUBPOENA AUTHORITY OF THE IN-1

SPECTOR GENERAL OF THE DEPARTMENT OF 2

VETERANS AFFAIRS. 3

(a) IN GENERAL.—Section 312 of title 38, United 4

States Code, is amended by adding at the end the fol-5

lowing new subsection: 6

‘‘(c)(1)(A) In addition to the authority otherwise pro-7

vided by the Inspector General Act of 1978 (5 U.S.C. 8

App.) and in accordance with the requirements of this sub-9

section, the Inspector General, in carrying out the provi-10

sions of this section, may require by subpoena the attend-11

ance and testimony of witnesses as necessary in the per-12

formance of the functions assigned to the Inspector Gen-13

eral by the Inspector General Act of 1978 (5 U.S.C. App.) 14

and this section, which in the case of contumacy or refusal 15

to obey, such subpoena shall be enforceable by order of 16

any appropriate district court of the United States. 17

‘‘(B) An Inspector General may not require by sub-18

poena the attendance and testimony of any current Fed-19

eral employees, but may use other authorized procedures. 20

‘‘(2) The authority to issue a subpoena under para-21

graph (1) may not be delegated. 22

‘‘(3)(A) If the Inspector General intends to issue a 23

subpoena, the Inspector General shall notify the Attorney 24

General of such intent. 25

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‘‘(B) Not later than 10 days after the date on which 1

the Attorney General is notified pursuant to paragraph 2

(1), the Attorney General may object to the issuance of 3

the subpoena if the subpoena will interfere with an ongo-4

ing investigation and, if the Attorney General makes such 5

an objection, the Inspector General may not issue the sub-6

poena. 7

‘‘(C) If the Attorney General does not object to the 8

issuance of the subpoena during the 10-day period de-9

scribed in subparagraph (B), the Inspector General may 10

issue the subpoena. 11

‘‘(4) Before requiring by subpoena under paragraph 12

(1) the attendance and testimony of a witness, the Inspec-13

tor General shall, to the degree practicable— 14

‘‘(A) notify the witness of the intent of the In-15

spector General to issue the subpoena; and 16

‘‘(B) provide the witness an opportunity to at-17

tend and testify voluntarily. 18

‘‘(5) Whenever requiring by subpoena under para-19

graph (1) the attendance and testimony of a witness, the 20

Inspector General shall, to the greatest extent practicable, 21

travel to residence of the witness, the principal place of 22

business of the witness, or other similar location that is 23

in proximity to the residence of the witness. 24

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‘‘(6)(A) Along with each semiannual report submitted 1

by the Inspector General pursuant to section 5(b) of the 2

Inspector General Act of 1978 (5 U.S.C. App. 5(b)), the 3

Inspector General shall include a report on the exercise 4

of the authority provided by paragraph (1). 5

‘‘(B) Each report submitted under subparagraph (A) 6

shall include, for the most recently completed six-month 7

period, the following: 8

‘‘(i) The number of testimonial subpoenas 9

issued and the number of individuals interviewed 10

pursuant to such subpoenas. 11

‘‘(ii) The number of proposed testimonial sub-12

poenas with respect to which the Attorney General 13

objected under paragraph (3)(B). 14

‘‘(iii) A discussion of any challenges or concerns 15

that the Inspector General has encountered exer-16

cising the authority provided by paragraph (1). 17

‘‘(iv) Such other matters as the Inspector Gen-18

eral considers appropriate.’’. 19

(b) EFFECTIVE DATE.— 20

(1) IN GENERAL.—Except as provided in para-21

graph (2), subsection (c) of section 312 of title 38, 22

United States Code, as added by subsection (a), 23

shall take effect on the date of the enactment of this 24

Act. 25

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(2) SEMIANNUAL REPORT.—Paragraph (4) of 1

subsection (c) of such section, as so added, shall 2

take effect on the date that is seven months after 3

the first day of the first fiscal year beginning after 4

the date of the enactment of this Act. 5

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Picture Name From Date Type
Kathleen Rice D-NY 02/11/2020 Sponsor
Aumua Radewagen R-AS 02/11/2020 Cosponsor
Chris Pappas D-NH 03/09/2020 Cosponsor
Date Branch Action
03/10/2020 President Subcommittee Hearings Held.Action By: House Veterans' Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations
03/10/2020 President Subcommittee Hearings Held.Action By: House Veterans' Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations
03/02/2020 President Referred to the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.Action By: Committee on Veterans' Affairs
03/02/2020 President Referred to the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.Action By: Committee on Veterans' Affairs
02/11/2020 President Referred to the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs.Action By: House of Representatives
02/11/2020 President Introduced in HouseAction By: House of Representatives
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Radewagen) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Veterans' AffairsA BILLTo provide the Inspector General of the Department of Veterans Affairs testimonial subpoena authority, and for other purposes

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(B)An Inspector General may not require by subpoena the attendance and testimony of any current Federal employees, but may use other authorized procedures

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