Fla. lawmaker introduces VA reform bill

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. 

Reader comments

Thu, Jul 14, 2016 Gene

I don't know the number of former military members are now working for the V.A. in all their departments? I know that 'due process' with 'due dilligence' must be included into any Law dealing with employees! Turn over seems to be a big cause of client discontent or concerns. Personally, I would be more concerned with Fraud, Waste and Abuse (FWA)of all resources: People, Materials, Facilities! The best proper use of funds is one the best policies!

Thu, Jul 14, 2016

What about their poor performance? These guys have been in office for eight years and have done nothing it seems they can blame everyone but themselves. If I came to work everyday and did nothing I would not have a job. This is bs.

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