Since President Trump has taken over, 548 have been fired and another 200 have been suspended for misconduct. Another 33 were demoted, according to newly published data by the department as part of VA Secretary David Shulkin’s commitment to greater transparency. No one has been fired for years, no matter what they did.
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.
Veterans have died waiting for help from these scoundrels. A blogger and friend Grumpy Elder died trying to get oxygen! He was traveling 50 miles three times a week to get the VA closest to his home to give him a much-needed oxygen machine. He died trying.
The firings will be posted and employees will no longer be rewarded for bogus compensation claims.
Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) David Shulkin will post online a list of all disciplinary actions against employees, an unprecedented level of transparency.
Secretary Schulkin deserves his own show, the VA Apprentice or You’re Fired.Gov
He’s ending the practice of paying off people who are going to expose criminal or incompetent employees.
The VA actually allowed managers to pay off employees who crossed them. Under Obama, the department’s general counsel Leigh Bradley–who still serves in that role– even defended a hospital director, DeWayne Hamlin, who offered $300,000 to a low-level employee to quit after she helped expose that Hamlin had been arrested and found in possession of prescription drugs.
In another case, days before VA senior executive Diana Rubens was going to a disciplinary trial, a lucrative settlement was offered to a subordinate, Lucy Filipov, that stopped a hearing in which she might have incriminated Rubens.
Schulkin will also crack down on whistleblower retaliations!