The U.S. House of Representatives voted today on legislation introduced by Rep. Jeff Miller (R-FL) which will simplify the process of removing Veterans Affairs employees who fail to adequately perform their duties. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs Management Accountability Act, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs will be able to by-pass the current cumbersome, multi-step process and would also be required to report to Congress the reason for the removal.
“I know there are dedicated workers at the Veterans Administration because I see them caring for our local veterans. But there are some bad apples, too, who have been negligent and derelict in their duty to protect veterans,” said Texas Republican Congressman Kevin Brady, who co-sponsored the measure. “To make sure these bad apples are held accountable and removed without delay, this law allows the VA Secretary to circumvent months of red tape and fix this unconscionable behavior of some workers who have jeopardized the lives of veterans who served our nation.”
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