A scathing review by VA’s inspector general found the Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection failed to meet the missions Congress gave it, and may have actually put whistleblowers in danger.
An arbitrator says VA has violated the terms of its contract with the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) in implementing certain provisions of the accountability act.
House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Phil Roe (R-Tenn.) said he’s less concerned by the VA’s measure of disciplinary actions and more concerned about whether whistleblowers feel they can approach leadership with their concerns.
In today’s Federal Newscast, three lawmakers want legislation to overturn a 2013 court decision which prevents some defense department employees from appealing to the Merit Systems Protection Board.
Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin gave a progress report on a wide range of initiatives. He told the Senate VA Committee that the department is still making “incremental change” on hiring, appeals modernization, accountability and a new electronic health record.
The Veterans Affairs Department fires its D.C. medical center director, Brian Hawkins. This is the second time the department has attempted to fire Hawkins for “ineffective leadership.”
The Department of Veterans Affairs will soon have a new fast-track system to spot, punish and fire employees for a variety of reasons. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey asks, is your agency or your job next?