NEW BILL WOULD GIVE VA GREAT FIRING AND DISCIPLINARY AUTHORITY - March 1, 2017
House Republicans' New VA Accountability Bill to Include More Appeal Rights
By Eric Katz, Government Executive
The House will take another crack at expediting the disciplinary process for employees at the Veterans Affairs Department, congressional aides told Government Executive Tuesday, with a new bill looking to preserve more due process rights than previous attempts at reform.
The new legislation will take a more tempered approach than the measure that passed the House late last year with a veto-proof majority, giving employees facing discipline more time and avenues to appeal the departmentís decision. It will apply to both Senior Executive Service and General Schedule employees, though not to certain doctors, nurses and other medical practitioners covered under Title 38 of the U.S. code.