Yoho Votes to Keep the VA Accountable
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Ted S. Yoho (FL-03) voted for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act. This legislation streamlines the difficult process of removing, demoting or suspending VA employees for poor performance or misconduct. It will ensure that whistleblowers within the VA are protected from any retaliation. Congressman Yoho released the following statement:
“Providing the best quality care and service to our Veterans is the VA’s sole mission. Since I have been in office, I have read the reports of missteps by VA personnel, and it is unacceptable. The VA has made progress in addressing these failures but more needed to be done to hold the staff accountable for their negligence.
“Federal employees are notoriously hard to remove or discipline if they underperform their duties. Under current law, it takes a minimum of 51 days to remove, suspend, or demote an employee at the VA. The bill we passed strengthens the VA Secretary’s ability hold these individuals accountable and cuts the time to 15 days. This accelerated process will improve the department’s ability to serve our Veterans better.
“This bill also protects whistleblowers within the VA from any internal retaliation. Our Veterans are our reminder of what patriotism and selfless sacrifice looks like in defending our nation. It is our duty, as a country, to care for the brave men and women who bear the scars of battle. The Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act will help do this and will soon be signed into law by the President.”