Draining the VA: 526 Employees Fired Under President Trump

“A further step on transparency and accountability.”

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has become the first federal agency “to post information on adverse employee[s]” as it takes “a further step on transparency and accountability” as per President Trump signing the VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act.

The department has made public a list of adverse employee actions taken since Inauguration Day and will update the list every week, according to a news release.

“Under this administration, VA is committed to becoming the most transparent organization in government,” VA Secretary David Shulkin said. “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.”

"Veterans and taxpayers have a right to know what we’re doing to hold our employees accountable and make our personnel actions transparent,” Shulkin continued. “Posting this information online for all to see, and updating it weekly, will do just that.”

For privacy reasons, no names are included in the list, but the person’s position is listed, as well as the region in which the employment occurred. 

“The list includes terminations, demotions and suspensions over 14 days since the new administration came into office Jan. 20. Additional categories of accountability actions will be included in upcoming releases,” the release adds.

So far, 526 employees are marked as removed on the list and 194 employees have been temporarily suspended. Twenty-seven others have been demoted.

Shulkin is also requiring the approval of a senior official within the VA for any monetary settlement with an employee over $5,000.

“Taxpayers need to know that we will engage in good faith settlement negotiations, where required by third parties, but will look to settle with employees only when they clearly have been wronged or when settlement is otherwise in Veterans’ and taxpayers’ best interests, and not as a matter of ordinary business,” the secretary said. “We’re changing to a culture of accountability at VA, and this is an important step in that direction.” 

This is good news in the wake of our report on the 346 VA employees who do no work for taxpayers but only for their union even though they are drawing a federal salary.

You just can't drain enough of the corrupt swamp.