A new accountability report indicates that Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) officials have fired over 500 employees since President Trump took office on Jan. 20.
The VA released data on Friday in a document titled, “Adverse Actions Report,” that shows all the positions that were removed (omitting individual’s names), disciplinary actions taken, and effective date.
According to the report, 526 employees have been terminated, while another 27 were demoted and 194 employees were suspended for at least two weeks, the Washington Examiner reports.
The newly-published report is part of VA Secretary David Shulkin’s plan to reform the troubled agency by keeping employees accountable and publishing its efforts in making positive improvements within the department’s culture.
Shulkin issued the following statement on Friday regarding the department’s transparency and accountability efforts:
“Veterans and taxpayers have a right to know what we’re doing to hold our employees accountable and make our personnel actions transparent,” Shulkin said. “Posting this information online for all to see, and updating it weekly, will do just that.”
The department has come under fire in recent years after it was exposed that VA employees were grossly misrepresenting veterans’ wait times to see doctors or receive testing.
The VA also noted on Friday: “In addition to posting the adverse action information, Secretary Shulkin announced that he is requiring approval by a senior official of any monetary settlement with an employee over the amount of $5,000.”
The agency added, “Any settlement above this amount will require the personal approval of the undersecretary, assistant secretary or equivalent senior-level official within the organization in which the dispute occurs.”
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