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Senator Seeks More Data on SES Bonuses

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO), who has previously taken an interest in senior executive bonuses with the Stop Wasteful Federal Bonuses Act, is now asking the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) for data on the number of senior executives who received bonuses between FY 2011 and 2015, in addition to information on performance awards that exceeded the statutory caps.

This request comes on the heels of a revelation that Kelly Hoggan, a former Transportation Security Administration (TSA) official, received $90,000 paid in $10,000 increments in performance awards over a short 13 month period.

In a letter to OPM Director Beth Cobert, McCaskill wrote:

“Hoggan’s $90,000 in bonus payments in 13 months is a clear violation of the spirit, if not the letter, of the law. For these payments to be 20 percent of his base salary, he would have had to have earned more than $450,000.”

Hoggan’s bonuses were paid during a time when 67 out of 70 illegal weapons and fake explosives made it through security checkpoints during an undercover investigation by the agency’s inspector general.

McCaskill’s SES- focused bill, which was also co-sponsored by Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) and Sen. Deb Fischer (R-NE), would prohibit a federal agency from awarding bonuses to any employee found to have violated a policy of the agency for which the employee may be removed or suspended, or who has violated a law for which the employee may face time in prison. This bonus ban for the individual would be in effect for five years. The bill would also require an agency to issue an order directing an employee to repay a bonus awarded in any year in which such a finding is made. 

Posted in General News

Tags: Senior Executive Service, OPM, bonus, SES, Office of Personnel Management, federal employee bonuses

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