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Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Senate passes VA reform bill

The Senate approved bipartisan legislation by voice vote Tuesday to reform civil service protections at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The legislation, dubbed the "Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act" would make it easier to fire federal employees, including executives.

The legislation follows numerous scandals at the VA in recent years, most notably the manipulation of waiting lists for veterans, with patients dying while waiting for treatment. The bill's authors, Sens. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., Jon Tester, D-Mont., and Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., argue that a key problem has been the department's inability to sanction or terminate employees because of existing civil service protections.

"This is a change in the laws of our country that will bring accountability to one of the most important functions that our government provides to the men and women who serve us in uniform," Rubio said. "This spring marks three years since light was shed on the veterans who died — died — while they were stuck on secret waiting lists at the Department of Veterans Affairs."

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Jim said...

"..a change in the laws of our country that will bring accountability.."

We shall see.

Anonymous said...

Whoopie, make it easier (less paperwork) to fire feds and executives in the VA. I heard its hard to keep good workers in the VA so this new law will double their problem in the future and NO ONE will be running the VA.

Them are smart apples CONgress!!!