PRESIDENT TRUMP CALLS CIVIL SERVICE OUTDATED AS HE SIGNS NEW VA BILL INTO LAW - June 26, 2017
Trump Calls Civil Service Laws ‘Outdated’ in Signing VA Firing Reform
By Eric Katz, Government Executive
President Trump on Friday signed a reform of civil service laws at the Veterans Affairs Department, saying he was “very proud” to be enacting the bill to ease the firing of employees.
Trump highlighted what he called the “transformative change” his administration has already implemented and said the VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act was just the beginning of forthcoming reforms at the department. The law will give VA Secretary David Shulkin the authority to fire any employee, lower the threshold to prove the action was justified and expedite the appeal process. Trump said it would help VA remove employees involved in recent scandals involving waitlists and patient data manipulation.