House Bill 5721
117th Congress(2021-2022)
VIPER Act of 2021
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Passed House on Nov 17, 2022
Overview
Text
Introduced
Oct 25, 2021
Latest Action
Nov 17, 2022
Origin Chamber
House
Type
Bill
Bill
The primary form of legislative measure used to propose law. Depending on the chamber of origin, bills begin with a designation of either H.R. or S. Joint resolution is another form of legislative measure used to propose law.
Bill Number
5721
Congress
117
Policy Area
Armed Forces and National Security
Armed Forces and National Security
Primary focus of measure is military operations and spending, facilities, procurement and weapons, personnel, intelligence; strategic materials; war and emergency powers; veterans’ issues. Measures concerning alliances and collective security, arms sales and military assistance, or arms control may fall under International Affairs policy area.
Sponsorship by Party
California
California
California
Illinois
Minnesota
Tennessee
House Votes (1)
Senate Votes (0)
Passed
November 17, 2022
Type
Voice Vote
Voice Vote
A vote in which the presiding officer states the question, then asks those in favor and against to say "Yea" or "Nay," respectively, and announces the result according to his or her judgment. The names or numbers of senators voting on each side are not recorded.
Passed/agreed to in House: Pursuant to section 2 of H. Res. 1464, and the motion offered by Mr. Carter (LA), the following bills passed under suspension of the rules: H.R. 4275, as amended; H.R. 5502, as amended; H.R. 5721, as amended; H.R. 6290, as amended; H.R. 7277, as amended; H.R. 7299, as amended; and H.R. 8416, as amended.
Summary

VA Infrastructure Powers Exceptional Research Act of 2021 or the VIPER Act of 2021

This bill addresses research activities of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), particularly those within the Veterans Health Administration (VHA).

First, the bill provides statutory authority for the VHA's Office of Research and Development to serve veterans through a full spectrum of research, technology transfer, and application.

Next, the bill exempts VA research activities from the Paperwork Reduction Act, including research conducted via the Office of Research and Development

The VA is authorized to appoint statisticians, economists, data scientists, and other professionals within the VHA.

The bill provides a three-year authorization for the VA to enter into transactions, other than contracts, cooperative agreements, and grants, with nontraditional contractors to carry out extramural basic or applied research. Such transactions must meet specified criteria (e.g., the research must not be duplicative of other VA research under another program). Additionally, the VA must notify Congress within 30 days of entering into a transaction and must provide specified information and records to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and Congress upon request.

The Office of Research and Development is authorized to establish a grant program for certain individuals employed by specified research institutions to conduct research related to health care furnished by the VA.

The GAO must study the amount of time dedicated for research for clinician-scientists appointed by the VA.

Finally, the bill updates the process by which the VA uses commercial institutional review boards in sponsored clinical trials.

Text (4)
November 17, 2022
November 17, 2022
November 14, 2022
October 25, 2021
Actions (16)
11/17/2022
Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.
11/17/2022
Pursuant to section 2 of H. Res. 1464, and the motion offered by Mr. Carter (LA), the following bills passed under suspension of the rules: H.R. 4275, as amended; H.R. 5502, as amended; H.R. 5721, as amended; H.R. 6290, as amended; H.R. 7277, as amended; H.R. 7299, as amended; and H.R. 8416, as amended. (consideration: CR H8566-8574; text: CR H8568-8569)
11/17/2022
Passed/agreed to in House: Pursuant to section 2 of H. Res. 1464, and the motion offered by Mr. Carter (LA), the following bills passed under suspension of the rules: H.R. 4275, as amended; H.R. 5502, as amended; H.R. 5721, as amended; H.R. 6290, as amended; H.R. 7277, as amended; H.R. 7299, as amended; and H.R. 8416, as amended.
11/17/2022
Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 1464, proceedings on H.R. 5721 are considered vacated.
11/14/2022
At the conclusion of debate, the Yeas and Nays were demanded and ordered. Pursuant to the provisions of clause 8, rule XX, the Chair announced that further proceedings on the motion would be postponed.
11/14/2022
DEBATE - The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 5721.
11/14/2022
Considered under suspension of the rules. (consideration: CR H8461-8464; text: CR H8461-8462)
11/14/2022
Mr. Takano moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended.
11/14/2022
Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 395.
11/14/2022
Reported by the Committee on Veterans' Affairs. H. Rept. 117-551.
11/04/2021
Subcommittee on Health Discharged.
11/04/2021
Ordered to be Reported by Voice Vote.
11/04/2021
Committee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
11/02/2021
Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.
10/25/2021
Referred to the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs.
10/25/2021
Introduced in House
Public Record
Record Created
Oct 26, 2021 7:08:58 AM
Record Updated
Nov 22, 2022 2:56:16 AM