House Republicans’ New VA Accountability Bill to Include More Appeal Rights

By Eric Katz: The House will take another crack at expediting the disciplinary process for employees at the Veterans Affairs Department.  The bill — sponsored by House Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Phil Roe, R-Tenn. — would give the VA secretary expedited removal authority, meaning any employee fired by the secretary would be out of a job and off the department’s rolls that day. Any employee facing removal, suspension of at least 14 days or a demotion would receive advance notice of 10 days, and the secretary would have five days in which to rebut any response the employee comes up with in that time. That 15-day period cuts in half the advance notice time frame currently in law. Read more here: