House votes faster firings at VA, speedier claim appeals
The House voted, 310-116, to arm the Department of Veterans Affairs, exclusively among federal departments, with tougher employee "accountability" tools to punish misconduct and better protect whistleblowers. It's the latest political fallout from the patient wait time scandal of 2014 and multiple smaller investigations into misbehaving VA supervisors and staff that have become the primary focus of the House Veterans Affairs Committee under chairman Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., who is to retire January.
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