Tag: VA

House Votes to Give VA Secretary More Power to Punish Bad Employees

Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives have voted to give the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs more authority to hold employees accountable for poor performance or misconduct. The bill would also strengthen whistleblower protections and includes restricting and recouping bonus awards, including from those who retaliate against them. An employee who is convicted of a felony in connection with their job duties could have their pension reduced.

Sacramento Valley National Cemetery (U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs)

VA Accidentally Labels 115 Beneficiaries Dead

At least 115 living veterans were declared dead in error over a nine-month period ending April 2015, each losing health benefits until the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs could be convinced that he or she was in fact, not dead.

Senate Panel Chair Blasts VA IG For Retaliating Against Whistleblowers

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The chairman of a Senate governmental affairs panel blasted the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Inspector General (OIG), charged with protecting and encouraging federal employees to come forward with allegations of personnel wrongdoing, for retaliating against whistleblowers.