TWO HOUSE BILLS PASS THROUGH THE HOUSE MAKING IT EASIER TO FIRE WORKERS IN THE VA - March 20, 2017
House Approves Measures Reforming VA Hiring and Firing
By Eric Katz, Government Executive
Veterans Affairs may soon find it easier to hire and fire employees, with the House passing two bills this week attempting to streamline the department's archaic personnel rules.
Along largely partisan lines, the House approved the contentious VA Accountability First Act on Thursday evening. The bill would give the VA secretary expedited removal authority, meaning any employee fired by the secretary would be out of a job and off the departmentís rolls that day. Any employee facing removal, suspension of at least 14 days or a demotion would receive advance notice of 10 days, and the secretary would have five days in which to rebut any response from the employee. Those employees would maintain appeal rights to the Merit Systems Protection Board and U.S. Court of Federal Claims.