SENATE PASSES BILL TO MAKE IT EASIER TO FIRE EMPLOYEES OF THE VA - June 7, 2017
Senate Approves Bill To Speed Up VA Firing
By Eric Katz, Government Executive
The Senate on Tuesday approved by voice vote a bipartisan bill to expedite the firing of Veterans Affairs Department employees despite outcry from employee groups that the new system is unfair and would upend the civil service.
The Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act won overwhelming support and faces a high likelihood of reaching President Trump’s desk. 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. It was introduced by the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee -- Sens. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and Jon Tester, D-Mont. -- as well as Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla.