The Department of Veterans affairs announced Sunday that it has fired more than 500 employees since President Trump took office.
Secretary of the VA, David J. Shulkin said the department would keep a list of “accountability actions” they are taking to sure up their conduct, and post regularly updated versions online.
“Veterans and taxpayers have a right to know what we’re doing to hold our employees accountable and make our personnel actions transparent,” Secretary Shulkin said in a statement.
The firings follow from a concerted bipartisan effort since before Trump took office to revamp the VA, which has been plagued by scandals borne of rampant employee misconduct. In fact, the only legislation officially passed by Congress during Trump’s tenure in office is the Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act which makes it easier to terminate bad VA employees in the manner Shulkin has been.
President Trump said that previous laws kept the government from holding those who failed our veterans accountable.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars organization has been waiting a long time for precisely these actions, and says they are very hopeful that the Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act will continue to heal the VA, which will definitely help restore the faith of veterans in their VA.
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