Since January 2017, the Department of Veterans Affairs has fired and suspended more than 500 employees for misconduct. The firings are part of a larger report that has been released in an effort make the VA more transparent.
— Dr. David J. Shulkin (@SecShulkin) July 7, 2017
VA Secretary David Shulkin said he wants to make the VA the most transparent government agency:
“Under this administration, VA is committed to becoming the most transparent organization in government. Together with the Accountability bill the president signed into law recently, this additional step will continue to shine a light on the actions we’re taking to reform the culture at VA.”
He also stated the American people have a right to know how the heavily criticized organization is dealing with poor-performing employees. “Veterans and taxpayers have a right to know what we’re doing to hold our employees accountable and make our personnel actions transparent.”
Shulkin further stated the list will be updated weekly.
The accountability report is the product of the newly created Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection. It was created after the VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017 was passed and signed into law.
According to USA Today, when President Trump signed the bill, he called the VA waiting list scandal a “national disgrace” because it was known who was involved but were still employed by the VA.