CONGRESS PASSES BILL TO MAKE IT EASIER TO FIRE FEDS AT THE VA - June 14, 2017
Major Civil Service Reform Bill Heads to Trump’s Desk
By Eric Katz, Government Executive
The House on Tuesday passed 368-55 a bipartisan bill to expedite the firing of Veterans Affairs Department employees, sending reforms mostly Republican lawmakers have clamored for since scandal embroiled the agency three years ago to President Trump’s desk.
The Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act won overwhelming support and is expected to receive Trump’s signature quickly. The measure is friendlier to employees than previous efforts to reform the disciplinary process at VA, and proponents say it eliminates any concerns of constitutionality that arose in predecessor bills. The Senate approved the bill last week. Trump and VA Secretary David Shulkin, whose office helped craft the legislation, have already announced support for the measure.