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President Trump’s new Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert Wilkie is planning a series of personnel moves at the department after he is sworn in on Monday, according to a Washington Post report.
Wilkie will seek to reassign and sideline a number of political appointees, who have been blamed for dwindling morale among VA’s career employees, the Post reported.
The article goes on to state the following:
That includes acting secretary Peter O’Rourke and much of his leadership team. O’Rourke drew scrutiny for allegedly politicizing the agency. The Post reported earlier this month that he had moved to purge or reassign employees deemed insufficiently loyal to Trump.
According to the Post, O’Rourke is expected to be reassigned to a role overseeing an office examining ways to improve VA operations.
Jacquelyn Hayes-Byrd, the department’s acting chief of staff, is also expected to be reassigned. She was charged with reassigning many civil servants at the agency.
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