Monday, June 02, 2014

It Should Be Easier To Fire Bad VA Employees

For weeks now, a small but growing number of legislators have been talking about changing laws to make it easier to fire bad employees at the VA. Like many other government workers, many employees at the Veterans Administration are covered under a type of civil service protect, which makes it difficult to fire them – even if their conduct is outrageous. Right now, it seems like new legislation in the U.S. House of Representative would pass making it easier to fire bad VA employees – but this effort will probably never see the light of day in the Senate, because Harry Reid will block it. I totally understand why government workers need to be protected from political retribution when political party's change, but what has been going on at VA hospitals recently has nothing to do with political reprisals. Civil service protection was designed to prevent the wholesale firing of groups of people, because of political change. It was not passed into law to allow bad apples to misuse their authority just to line their own pockets with bonuses.

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