President Trump Signs Historic VA Reform Bill into Law
WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Donald Trump today signed into law the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017, historic VA reform legislation.
The new law expands the 2014 VA reform law by granting VA Secretary Dr. David Shulkin increased flexibility to fire, suspend, or demote any VA employee – regardless of rank – for poor performance or misconduct. The law also contains increased protections for whistleblowers who expose wrongdoing within the VA.
U.S. Representative Martha Roby (R-Ala.) was present at the White House for the bill signing and said the law brings unprecedented, long overdue accountability to the VA.
“I was honored to be at the White House as President Trump signed this historic VA reform legislation into law,” Roby said. “For far too long there has been a culture of complacency at the VA, and our own Central Alabama VA became a prime example of poor performance, negligence, and even abuse. These new accountability standards and whistleblower protections will lead to better care for veterans. I appreciate the commitment President Trump and Secretary Shulkin have shown to work with Congress to enact long overdue changes at the VA.”