VA pub­licly lists worker dis­ci­plin­ing

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NA­TIONAL -

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.

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