Congressman Taylor Supports Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Scott Taylor voted in support of S. 1094, the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017. This legislation would institute long-needed reforms at the VA by granting the Secretary authority to expeditiously remove, demote, or suspend any VA employee, including Senior Executive Service (SES) employees, for performance or misconduct. Additionally, it provides protections for whistleblowers, and gives the Secretary the ability to reduce federal pensions or recoup bonuses for employees. Similar legislation, H.R. 1259, was passed in the House during March by a vote of 237-178, with Congressman Taylor’s support.
“Our veterans are sacred and deserve the same high standard they upheld when they served,” said Congressman Taylor. “The VA is instrumental in caring for them, and their employees share a deep passion for veteran’s issues. However, there should be consequences for not doing your job, especially when your job involves caring for our nation’s veterans. The good work done at the VA should not be overshadowed by the actions of a few. This bill gives the Secretary the authority needed to fine and remove toxic employees, and protects whistleblowers who bring these problems to light.”