Accountability: For decades, political leaders have lamented the scandal-plagued Veterans Health Administration, and did little more than throw more money at the problem. The Trump administration is firing workers who aren't doing their jobs.
According the Department of Veterans Affairs, 526 have been fired for misconduct since President Trump took office. Another 200 have been suspended and 33 demoted.
Most of them worked at the VHA and included physicians, nurses, pharmacy technicians, food service workers, medical technicians, office workers, even some police officers.
VA Secretary David Shulkin said this was part of a broader effort to reform the culture at the VA.
"Veterans and taxpayers have a right to know what we're doing to hold our employees accountable and make our personnel actions transparent," he continued. "Posting this information online for all to see, and updating it weekly, will do just that."
Expect more terminations now that Trump has signed the VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act, which strengthens Shulkin's ability to get rid of bad employees, including senior executives.
Contrast this with the Obama administration, which ceaselessly talked about accountability while providing little of it.
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