Fulfilled another campaign promise. It is said to be the biggest reform of the VA in at least a generation.
I quote from the article of some of the highlights in the new law.
Mr. Shulkin has complained that the current disciplinary process has averaged 51 days to remove an employee, primarily due to a 30-day notice period.
The law cuts the 30-day notice to 10 days and speeds up the appeal process. It also lowers the evidentiary standards required to fire an employee, and
allows the VA secretary to rescind employee bonuses and relocation expenses in some cases.
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, California Republican, said the VA’s mission has been “put at risk by the continued corruption,
incompetence, and scandal of a few bad employees.”
“With President Trump’s signature today, the VA Accountability Act will give the Secretary of Veterans Affairs the authority to remove bad VA
employees and hire the best personnel to fulfill the promise we made as a nation to provide for the health and well-being of our veterans,” he
The law, which won bipartisan support in both the Senate and House, comes after years of stories about chaos inside the VA, including CNN
investigations in 2013 and 2014 that found dozens of veterans died or were seriously injured because of long wait times at hospitals across the
"In just a short time we've already achieved transformative change at the VA, and believe me, we're just getting started," Trump said.
The measure passed the House by a 368-55 vote earlier this month. It passed the Senate by a unanimous voice vote.
The new law gives Shulkin and future VA secretaries the power to get rid of employees who break department rules and increases whistleblower
edit on 23-6-2017 by allsee4eye because: (no reason