June 06, 2017
WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), applauded the Senate passage of S. 1094, the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017, which passed the Senate today by voice vote. Inhofe cosponsored this legislation.
The Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017 builds on S. 2554, which Inhofe introduced in the 114th Congress and allows the VA to remove or demote a VA employee based on performance or misconduct.
“In December 2015, USA Today published a disturbing article about the failure of VA facilities in Oklahoma to provide veterans the adequate care they deserve,” Inhofe said. “After listening to Oklahoma veterans and VA employees about the extent of the problems, I took action to ensure that the VA could fire bad actors by introducing the Veterans Affairs Accountability Act last Congress.
I am pleased that the Senate today is taking action to build upon these efforts by passing the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017. This legislation makes it easier for the VA to remove senior executives and increases accountability of all employees at the VA by allowing the VA secretary the authority to expedite the removal, demotion or suspension of VA employees based on performance or misconduct. It also improves protections for employees who are committed to serving our veterans. Passing this legislation is an excellent step in the right direction and I will continue to do everything in my power to ensure that our veterans have access to the vital care that they have earned.”