Work at the VA? House bill would make it easier to be fired
WASHINGTON – It would be easier to fire or demote employees at the Department of Veterans Affairs under legislation that passed the House Wednesday (July 29).
Under the bill, VA employees would have seven days to appeal a firing or demotion, and the Merit Systems Protection Board 45 days to rule on appeals. Sponsors said the bill, which passed 256-170, is needed because it is currently very hard to fire even the worst VA employees.
The legislation builds on legislation passed last year that made it easier to fire top executives, a measure adopted after a growing scandal over allegations that some VA facilities disguised long waited times for health care.
Rep., Ralph Abraham, R-Alto, said unfortunately some Department of Veterans Affairs employees have not done the job of caring for the nations veterans.
"The VA Accountability Act gives the department the power it says it needs to hold employees accountable," Abraham said. "Too many in that department have forgotten that they work for the veteran, not the other way around. This bill can bring the reform the VA desperately needs so that we can finally bring some positive changes and get our American heroes the care they deserve."
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