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VA publicizes adverse employee actions

The Department of Veterans Affairs is making history by becoming the first federal agency to make public a list of adverse employee actions.

The Department of Veterans Affairs is making history by becoming the first federal agency to make public a list of adverse employee actions.

On July 7, the agency posted online all of the adverse actions taken against employees since Jan. 20, when the new administration took over.

“Under this administration, VA is committed to becoming the most transparent organization in government,” VA Secretary David Shulkin said in a statement. “Together with the Accountability bill the president signed into law recently, this additional step will continue to shine a light on the actions we’re taking to reform the culture at VA," he added.

President Trump signed the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act just two weeks ago, which aims to reform the VA by giving the VA secretary more power to dismiss problem employees and ensure appropriate due process protections for whistleblowers.

The first post—which excludes employee names— shows the agency so far has fired 525 VA employees who ran the gamut from gardeners to general attorneys.

The list is expected to be updated weekly and will include terminations, demotions and suspensions of at least 14 days.

"Veterans and taxpayers have a right to know what we’re doing to hold our employees accountable and make our personnel actions transparent,” he Shulkin said, adding. “Posting this information online for all to see, and updating it weekly, will do just that.”

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