Supporters of the bill including the current Administration emphasized it would hold everyone accountable, especially the following:
- Top Officials
- Senior Executives
- Medical Directors
As you can imagine the positions above could have dramatic effects on the running of an organization, and firing those folks would in theory have the biggest impact on getting a mis-run organization back on track.
So they fired 4 senior leaders and wait for it, 1700 low level employees, so make your own decision on how this is going to help change the culture at VA.
We highlighted this last year here.
The law’s effect was nearly instantaneous: Firings rose 60 percent during the second half of 2017, after the law took effect, compared to the first half of 2017. Since June, the VA has removed 1,704 of its 370,000 employees.But if top officials were the target of the law, a ProPublica investigation suggests the legislation misfired. In practice, the new law is overwhelmingly being used against the rank and file. Since it took effect, the VA has fired four senior leaders. The other 1,700 terminated people were low-level staffers with titles such as housekeeper (133 lost their jobs), nursing assistant (101 ousted) and food service worker (59 terminated), according to data posted by the Veterans Affairs. Read the full article on ProPublica
Last June, President Donald Trump fulfilled a campaign promise by signing a bipartisan bill to make it easier to fire employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs. The law, a rare rollback of the federal government’s strict civil-service job protections, was intended as a much-needed fix for an organization widely perceived as broken.