Bob McDonald

  • Repackaged House bill extends same controversial VA firing procedures to all SES

    The House passed a bill that would change the way agencies discipline and remove federal employees and members of the Senior Executive Service. One provision would put all SES members under the same, expedited disciplinary process that senior executives at the Veterans Affairs Department had until the Justice Department challenged its constitutionality.

  • VA’s McDonald: 2016 can be a turning point for department

    Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald says Congress needs to support the agency through reform legislation and full funding if lawmakers want to see the transformation so many of them are calling for.

  • Compare us to other businesses, not federal agencies, VA leader says

    VA Secretary Bob McDonald said his department is different enough from other federal agencies that a separate personnel system is appropriate for VA senior executives. McDonald also said the department is working on new performance standards to measure veterans’ satisfaction with VA medical facilities and the time it takes to receive an appointment.

  • New SES performance management options hiding in Senate VA omnibus

    At nearly 400 pages, the Veterans First Act, which the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee introduced last week, covers everything from veterans homelessness to more flexible work hours for VA doctors and nurses. But VA’s senior executives are still the main target of the legislation.

  • Administration should competitively hire next VA secretary, McDonald says

    With roughly nine months until Inauguration Day, VA leadership is trying to implement a major transformation to the way it delivers health care and interacts with veterans and its own employees. But the department needs a plan and a new governance structure in place to ensure that whatever progress is made now endures beyond Jan. 20, 2017.

  • VA board of senior health execs would review disciplinary appeals

    Negotiations between the House and Senate VA committees over a new veterans omnibus have stalled, as the Veterans Affairs Department releases more details in its plan to change accountability procedures for its senior executives.

  • VA unveils new SES accountability options as Senate fast-tracks vets omnibus

    Accountability in the Senior Executive Service will be at the center of congressional discussions on a new omnibus legislative package for the Veterans Affairs Department. Senate VA Committee Chairman Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) said he wants the VA and the committee to finish its work on the legislation by April 1.

  • Congress, VA mull multiple options to fix ‘broken’ veterans’ care program

    The Senate is considering a series of new bills that would alter the Veterans Affairs Department’s current Choice program, which lets veterans find a private care provider rather than a VA doctor. VA leaders and Congress both say the department’s current program is not working.

  • VA having second thoughts over SES personnel proposal as alternative emerges

    More than half of current and former senior executives at the Veterans Affairs Department oppose the VA’s proposal to reclassify some SES members under Title 38, according to the preliminary results of a recent survey from the Senior Executives Association.

  • VA convenes summit with veterans advocates to fix appeals process

    Top officials from the Department of Veterans Affairs will meet this week with leaders from several leading veterans’ service organizations, seeking common ground on a legislative proposal that would overhaul the appeals process for veterans’ compensation claims.