Saturday, 22 July, 2017

Trump signs law to make VA more accountable for vets' care

Trump to sign VA bill to protect whistleblowers, expedite firing of problem workers Trump signs bill aiming to hold VA employees accountable
Craig Ferguson | 24 June, 2017, 01:22

We thank President Trump for signing this bill and Senator Marco Rubio for boldly championing it.

President Donald Trump has signed a bill into law created to make it easier to fire Department of Veterans Affairs employees.

"As you all know all too well, for many years the government failed to keep its promises to our veterans. Today we are finally changing those laws".

The bill also would allow the VA to take back bonuses paid to employees found guilty of misconduct and would prohibit employees who are appealing discipline from being placed on paid administrative leave. "To achieve this goal, it is critical that employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) are held to the highest performance standards, and that they are accountable when those standards are not met". The bill also saw significant approval in the Senate.

The measure ensures that VA employees who are terminated will not remain on the VA payroll while appealing their terminations. The Senate passed the bill by voice vote a week earlier.

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Concerned Veterans for America launched a massive grassroots effort to garner support for this bill, holding events across the country, making hundreds of thousands of phone calls to Congressional offices and launching online ads targeting all lawmakers to support it.

"The ultimate goal is nothing less than a transformation of the culture within the VA so that our veterans receive the best care possible", McCarthy said. These bad employees are failing in their duty to serve our nation's veterans, many without disciplinary action, and something needs to be done.

In the past several years, VA's civil service rules have kept the department from firing an employee who engaged in an armed robbery; from recouping $400,000 in relocation benefits from two senior employees who abused their authority; and from holding employees accountable for their failures to manage major construction projects, including the new hospital in Aurora, Colorado, that is now several years and almost a billion dollars over-budget.

President Donald Trump (2nd L), first lady Melania Trump (L), and Vice President Mike Pence (R) applaud during a Congressional Picnic on the South Lawn of the White House Thursday in Washington, DC.

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