VA secretary defends pace of disciplinary actions

Military Times, by Leo Shane III: Critics of the Veterans Affairs Department want to know why the director of the agency’s Phoenix medical center — and dozens of other problem executives — still haven’t been fired.

But VA Secretary Bob McDonald said he has already explained why, and he’s growing frustrated with continued attacks on the topic.

“The issue is very simple,” McDonald said Friday. “We can’t take disciplinary action when the Department of Justice is still conducting an investigation. Once they do, we’re poised to take the most aggressive and expedient action we can.”

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