Congressman Robert Pittenger

Representing the 9th District of North Carolina
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Pittenger: Fire incompetent VA employees

Jun 14, 2017
Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

CONGRESSMAN PITTENGER VOTES TO MAKE IT EASIER TO FIRE, DEMOTE, OR SUSPEND INCOMPETENT VA EMPLOYEES

 

WASHINGTON – For the third time in nine months, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) has voted to restore accountability at the Department of Veterans Affairs by making it easier to fire or demote incompetent employees.

The Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act (S. 1094):
 

  • Streamlines the process for firing, demoting, or suspending VA employees for poor performance or misconduct.  The current process is so complex and lengthy that firing an incompetent employee can take a year or longer, if completed at all.
  • Provides expanded protections for whistleblowers.
  • Allows the VA Secretary to directly hire Medical Center Directors, making it easier to find qualified candidates for these key management positions.


“Every single day, my phone rings with veterans who are not receiving appropriate care at VA facilities.  On average, my staff is actively involved in over 500 veterans’ cases.  We know many VA employees are dedicated public servants, but the current system is so focused on protecting incompetent employees that everyone suffers,” said Congressman Pittenger.  “This legislation will restore accountability at the VA, and I am excited it is now on the way to President Trump.”

Congressman Pittenger co-sponsored two earlier versions of this legislation, which both passed the U.S. House of Representatives with bipartisan majorities.  This final version of the legislation, written in conjunction with Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), passed the Senate on June 6, 2017.

The Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act today passed the U.S. House of Representatives with a strong bipartisan majority of 368-55 and now awaits President Trump’s signature.

 

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