(a) The Secretary may furnish and launder such wearing apparel as may be prescribed for employees in the performance of their official duties.
(b) The Secretary may transport children of Department employees located at isolated stations to and from school in available Government-owned automotive equipment.
(c) The Secretary may provide recreational facilities, supplies, and equipment for the use of patients in hospitals and employees in isolated installations.
(d) The Secretary may provide for the preparation, shipment, installation, and display of exhibits, photographic displays, moving pictures, and other visual educational information and descriptive material. For the purposes of the preceding sentence, the Secretary may purchase or rent equipment.
(e) The Secretary may reimburse employees for the cost of repairing or replacing their personal property damaged or destroyed by patients or domiciliary members while such employees are engaged in the performance of their official duties.
(1) The Secretary, upon determining that an emergency situation exists and that such action is necessary for the effective conduct of the affairs of the Department, may use Government-owned, or leased, vehicles to transport employees to and from their place of employment and the nearest adequate public transportation or, if such public transportation is either unavailable or not feasible to use, to and from their place of employment and their home.
(2) The Secretary shall establish reasonable rates to cover the cost of the service rendered under this subsection, and all proceeds collected therefrom shall be applied to the applicable appropriation.
Prior sections 703 and 704 were renumbered sections 1903 and 1904 of this title, respectively.
Provisions similar to those in this section were contained in section 233 of this title prior to repeal by Pub. L. 102–83, §2(a).
Outreach on Availability of Mental Health Services Available to Employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs
Pub. L. 115–73, title II, §202, Oct. 26, 2017, 131 Stat. 1241, provided that: "The Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall conduct a program of outreach to employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs to inform those employees of any mental health services, including telemedicine options, that are available to them."
Protocols To Address Threats Against Employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs
Pub. L. 115–73, title II, §203, Oct. 26, 2017, 131 Stat. 1241, provided that: "The Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall ensure protocols are in effect to address threats from individuals receiving health care from the Department of Veterans Affairs directed towards employees of the Department who are providing such health care."
Clinic Management Training for Employees at Medical Facilities of the Department of Veterans Affairs
Pub. L. 113–146, title III, §303, Aug. 7, 2014, 128 Stat. 1788, provided that:
"(i) Training on how to manage the schedules of health care providers of the Department, including the following:
"(I) Maintaining such schedules in a manner that allows appointments to be booked at least eight weeks in advance.
"(II) Proper planning procedures for vacation, leave, and graduate medical education training schedules.
"(ii) Training on the appropriate number of appointments that a health care provider should conduct on a daily basis, based on specialty.
"(iii) Training on how to determine whether there are enough available appointment slots to manage demand for different appointment types and mechanisms for alerting management of insufficient slots.
"(iv) Training on how to properly use the appointment scheduling system of the Department, including any new scheduling system implemented by the Department.
"(v) Training on how to optimize the use of technology, including the following:
"(II) Electronic mail.
"(III) Text messaging.
"(IV) Such other technologies as specified by the Secretary.
"(vi) Training on how to properly use physical plant space at medical facilities of the Department to ensure efficient flow and privacy for patients and staff.
"(A) Any manager of a medical facility of the Department.
"(B) Any health care provider at a medical facility of the Department.
"(C) Such other employees of the Department as the Secretary considers appropriate.
[For definition of "facility of the Department" as used in section 303 of Pub. L. 113–146, set out above, see section 2 of Pub. L. 113–146, set out as a note under section 1701 of this title.]
Limitation on Awards and Bonuses Paid to Employees of Department of Veterans Affairs
Pub. L. 113–146, title VII, §705, Aug. 7, 2014, 128 Stat. 1798, as amended by Pub. L. 114–198, title IX, §951, July 22, 2016, 130 Stat. 778; Pub. L. 115–182, title III, §305, June 6, 2018, 132 Stat. 1469, provided that:
"(1) With respect to each of fiscal years 2017 through 2018, $250,000,000, of which not less than $20,000,000 shall be for recruitment, relocation, and retention bonuses.
"(2) With respect to each of fiscal years 2019 through 2021, $290,000,000, of which not less than $20,000,000 shall be for recruitment, relocation, and retention bonuses.
"(3) With respect to each of fiscal years 2022 through 2024, $360,000,000.