Fla. lawmaker introduces VA reform bill
- By FederalSoup Staff
- Jul 13, 2016
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) this week introduced legislation that would make it easier to fire employees at the Department of Veterans Affairs for poor performance or misconduct.
The VA Accountability First and Appeals Modernization Act of 2016 is the companion measure to H.R. 5620, which was introduced in the House by Veterans Affairs Committee chairman Jeff Miller (R-Fla.).
“For far too long, veterans have been victims of a broken and incompetent VA system,” said Rubio. “To make real progress in fixing the VA, we need to tackle the first problem plaguing the VA, which is the lack of accountability among employees. It is simply unacceptable that it can take years to fire one employee for poor management or misconduct. “
The bill also contains additional protections for whistleblowers, as well as disability benefits appeals process reforms.