Trump to establish new VA accountability office

Trump to establish new VA accountability office

President Donald Trump plans to sign an executive order creating an accountability and whistleblower protection office at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin told reporters Wednesday that the office will review all VA employees and protect those who find employees within the agency who "have deviated" from the mission of serving veterans.

The executive order being signed by Trump would create a VA office to "discipline or terminate VA managers or employees who fail to carry out their duties in helping our veterans".

President Trump signed an executive order creating the office during a visit to department headquarters Thursday.

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Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin toured the Durham Veterans Affairs Medical Center Friday, met with administrators and conducted interviews of hospital staff concerning the late February viral Facebook post showing a veteran, exhausted, lying on a floor after having waited hours for medical attention. "This medical center's providing such quality care that 900 veterans a month are choosing to come here", he said.

"President Trump put veterans at the top of his priority list in his first 100 days, and we're confident he will continue to do everything in his power to take care of them", said CVA Executive Director Mark Lucas. The head of the new office will report directly to VA Secretary, David Shulkin, who said the office will also help identify barriers that make it hard to fire or reassign employees who are no longer considered fit to work there.

The House has already passed a measure that would reduce the time and process that workers facing negative personnel actions have to appeal, while the Senate is working on a separate bill.

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Despite the lifting of a federal hiring freeze, the Department of Veterans Affairs is opting to leave thousands of positions unfilled.

Shulkin, who served in the Obama-era VA before being named department secretary by Trump, has been particularly bullish on increasing agency firing authority over VA employees, many of whom are unionized. He also quickly determined that senior VA officials had always been aware of some of the problems and so could not be trusted to fix them. "This is an example of why we need accountability legislation as soon as possible", Shulkin said in the release.

Shulkin said that will include recommending new legislation governing department employment rules, and better enforcement of existing ones.

The order also requires the VA to conduct an internal review to make sure current efforts are not duplicative.

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"We've rolled out a new predictive tool called "Reach Vet" where we're actually proactively reaching out to those veterans at highest risk of suicide", he said.

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