Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Trump to VA incompetents: You're fired.

Scores of veterans have died waiting for care while VA bureaucrats falsified data to procure monetary bonuses, but fixes have been slow to come by largely because the union that represents VA employees has used its political muscle with Democrats to emphasize job security for government employees.

There were no fewer than 17 scandals at the VA between 2014 and 2017. Here's a list.

Now the man who made "You're fired!" famous is acting, as he promised in his campaign.
Five hundred and forty-eight Department of Veterans Affairs employees have been terminated since President Donald Trump took office, indicating that his campaign pledge to clean up “probably the most incompetently run agency in the United States” by relentlessly putting his TV catchphrase “you’re fired” into action was more than just empty rhetoric. 
Another 200 VA workers were suspended and 33 demoted, according to newly published data by the department as part of VA Secretary David Shulkin’s commitment to greater transparency. Those disciplined include 22 senior leaders, more than 70 nurses, 14 police officers, and 25 physicians.
Let's hope this is only the beginning.
Shulkin asked for new legislation that reduces the role of board, especially when firing senior leaders. Congress passed the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act in answer, and Trump signed the bill in June.
I'm told by a Washington insider that the real problem is senators and congressmen. They're friendly with VA administrators in their districts, and what they know about the VA system they get from their buddies. Are you at all surprised?

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