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Employee firings at the VA jumped in the second half of 2017 after new
accountability legislation was signed into law last summer, results that
administration officials insist show a renewed commitment to cleaning up the
agency. But critics say more firings don’t mean better results for veterans, and the
rising rate of dismissals may not be significantly different than past years for the
massive government bureaucracy. Not unexpected that there would be more
firings, that was after all an incidental goal of the law itself. There is a question
about whether it will get to the root of the problem of course.
From February to the end of July, before the new rules were put in place, 566 VA
workers were fired (an average of about 94 a month). From August to mid-
December, that figure rose to 756, or about 168 a month.
In 2015, then VA Secretary Bob McDonald said about 1,500 employees were fired
from the department, an average of about 125 individuals a month. In fiscal 2013
(which ran from October 2013 to September 2014, including the VA wait time
scandal of spring 2014) department records indicated that more than 2,200
employees were fired, an average around 183 a month.
Eight senior VA leaders were dismissed in 2017, four before the new law was put
into effect and four after. On the year, 38 physicians were fired, with 23 of those
coming after the new law.
Nurses and nursing assistants (226 fired) and housekeeping aides (159 fired) had
the top dismissals by position in yearly figures posted just before the Christmas
break. Culture spans the entire organization, as with any government agency or
business, VA has more rank-and-file workers than senior leaders, and we hold
them accountable when warranted, regardless of rank or position.
The Department of Veterans Affairs has allowed its hospitals across the country to
hire health care providers with revoked medical licenses for at least 15 years in
violation of federal law. VA Secretary David Shulkin said in an interview that he
has ordered the rewriting of the guidelines and launched a nationwide review to
identify and remove any other health care workers with revoked licenses.