VA publicly lists worker disciplining
WASHINGTON — The Department of Veterans Affairs is posting a weekly list of disciplinary actions taken against its employees, part of an overhaul effort pushed by President Donald Trump.
VA Secretary David Shulkin said Friday that the effort is aimed at improving accountability at the struggling department after Trump signed a bill last month to make it easier to fire, suspend or demote department employees. The VA is the first government agency to make employee disciplinary data public.
“Veterans and taxpayers have a right to know what we’re doing to hold our employees accountable and make our personnel actions transparent,” Shulkin said. “This additional step will continue to shine a light on the actions we’re taking to reform the culture at VA.”
The VA said the list will include disciplinary actions lasting over 14 days and occurring since the Trump administration came into office on Jan. 20.
The first list posted Friday publicizes actions against more than 700 employees, but names are redacted for privacy reasons and descriptions of their alleged offenses are not included. The department, the government’s second largest, has more than 360,000 employees.