The Trump administration’s Veteran’s Affair’s office has announced that 548 employees were being fired, while another 200 are being suspended for misconduct.
This means that the Trump administration is making good on its promise to clean up the agency.
On the campaign trail, Trump promised to clean up what he called “probably the most incompetently run agency in the United States”.
The Daily Caller reports:
Another 200 VA workers were suspended and 33 demoted, according to data newly published 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.
Also disciplined were a program analyst dealing with the Government Accountability Office, which audits the department, a public affairs specialist, a chief of police and a chief of surgery.
Many housekeeping aides and food service workers — lower-level jobs in which the department has employed felons and convicted sex offenders — were also 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.
Former President Barack Obama originally appointed Shulkin as a VA undersecretary. By the end of the Obama administration, however, Shulkin had grown increasingly frustrated with the American Federation of Government Employees union and other groups defending bad employees’ supposed right to a government check even when they hurt veterans.
One of the biggest complaints was that it was difficult to fire people or discipline them in any way because of bureaucracy.
Agency leaders would have to offer hundreds of thousands to these employees to get them to quit their jobs.