Congressman Taylor Supports VA Accountability First Act
WASHINGTON D.C.- March 16, 2017—Congressman Scott Taylor announced his support of the VA Accountability First Act (H.R. 1259). The VA Accountability First Act grants the Secretary of Veterans Affairs additional authority to remove employees due to poor performance or misconduct, recoup bonuses and awards, increase whistleblower protections and reform the appeals process for veteran benefits.
Congressman Taylor also offered an amendment to the VA Accountability First Act, which passed, that would require the VA Secretary to provide semi-annual reports to the Veterans Affairs Committee on senior executive employees transferred within the Department. The reports would include the reason for transfer and any costs associated with the transfer.
Congressman Taylor had this to say about the VA Accountability First Act: “We must continually and consistently hold the VA accountable for underperformance. Our veterans are sacred and deserve the same commitment to high standards they upheld as service members. We should never defend mediocrity at the VA, rather strive for better service, care, and excellence. “