Shea-Porter Votes for Bipartisan Bill to Improve VA Accountability
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) today released the following statement after voting for the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017:
“I am pleased Congress has developed a bipartisan VA accountability bill to address the systemic management challenges that contributed to unacceptable situations such as the 2014 waitlist scandal,” said Shea-Porter. “Veterans deserve dedication, care, and support from each and every VA employee, and today’s bill will help make sure our veterans are always treated with the professionalism and respect that the majority of VA employees already demonstrate.”
The Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017, which the Senate passed one week prior to today’s House vote, creates an expedited process to remove VA employees who perform poorly or fail to uphold the standards demanded from public servants. It also establishes an Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection to ensure that employees do not face retaliation for reporting misdeeds, fraud, or inappropriate behavior.