20 Mar '17, 6pm

House passes legislation to make it easier for VA secretary to fire agency employees - U.S. - Stripes

WASHINGTON – The House easily passed legislation Thursday that would allow the secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs to quickly fire, demote or suspend VA employees and recoup bonuses. The VA Accountability First Act of 2017, H.R. 1259, has widespread support among veterans organizations that see the measure as a tool to root out “bad apples” and a perceived culture of corruption within the department. It passed the House with a vote of 237-178. “The lack of accountability at the VA isn’t just a failure to our heroes, it’s dangerous,” said Rep. Phil Roe, R-Tenn., the bill’s sponsor. If the bill passes the Senate, President Donald Trump’s advisers would recommend he sign it into law, the administration wrote in a statement released Thursday. “[I]t is critical that federal employees be held to the highest performance standards, and be accountable when those standar...

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