VA ACCOUNTABILITY FIRST ACT PASSES THROUGH VA COMMITTEE - March 9, 2017
House Committee Approves New Federal Firing Bill
By Eric Katz, Government Executive
A House committee approved legislation to hasten the disciplinary process at the Veterans Affairs Department, despite significant pushback from Democrats who said the measure unfairly targeted rank-and-file employees.
The markup represented the latest effort from Republicans to increase accountability at VA. They've tried to expedite firings and suspensions at the department since an initial reform effort in 2014 ran into legal trouble. Democrats insisted they believe in the need to rid VA of problem employees, but said the Republican plan would not properly address the root of the issue.