Finally the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is getting a thorough clean up!
Since President Donald Trump started working in the oval, five hundred and forty-eight VA employees have been fired.
Looks like his campaign promise to clean up “probably the most incompetently run agency in the United States” wasn’t just empty rhetoric.
To top it off an additional 200 VA workers were place on suspension and 33 have been demoted.
This revelation comes from a new data report released by the department as part of VA Secretary David Shulkin’s commitment to greater transparency.
According to the Daily Caller: Those disciplined include 22 senior leaders, more than 70 nurses, 14 police officers, and 25 physicians.
Also disciplined were a program analyst dealing with the Government Accountability Office, which audits the department, a public affairs specialist, a chief of police and a chief of surgery.
Many housekeeping aides and food service workers — lower-level jobs in which the department has employed felons and convicted sex offenders — were also fired.
How this department stooped to such low-levels is quite shocking.
It is all thanks to the Merit Systems Protection Board, whom have over turned firings from the VA of employees that have been caught harming veterans.
Yup, our veterans have been mistreated, lost their lives because of bureaucratic bullshit.
Scores of veterans have died waiting for care while VA bureaucrats falsified data to procure monetary bonuses, but fixes have been slow to come by largely because the union that represents VA employees has used its political muscle with Democrats to emphasize job security for government employees.
Former President Barack Obama originally appointed Shulkin as a VA undersecretary. By the end of the Obama administration, however, Shulkin had grown increasingly frustrated with the American Federation of Government Employees union and other groups defending bad employees’ supposed right to a government check even when they hurt veterans.
“Just last week we were forced to take back an employee after they were convicted no more than three times for DWI and had served a 60 day jail sentence … Our accountability processes are clearly broken,” Shulkin said at the White House.
In addition to reluctance by managers to vigorously pursue firings, the overturning of firings after the fact by the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) — often with little public acknowledgment — has been a longstanding problem.
Now thanks to new legislation passed by congress and signed into action by Trump these unions will have less power over such decisions.
Shulkin asked for new legislation that reduces the role of MSPB, especially when firing senior leaders. Congress passed the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act in answer, and Trump signed the bill in June.
Our veterans deserve to be treated and cared for with the utmost attention. Anyone who is unqualified to provide that care should be rightly fired from the VA.
It is as simple as that.