Congresswoman Martha Roby

Representing the 2nd District of Alabama

Roby on Talton: This is the Right Decision

June 8, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Martha Roby (R-Ala.) today responded to the announcement that former Central Alabama VA Director James Talton is no longer employed by the Alabama Department of Public Health.

Roby worked with whistleblowers and the press to bring to light egregious instances of neglect and misconduct at the Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System (CAVHCS), which led Talton to be the first VA senior manager in the nation fired as a result of the 2014 VA scandal. Talton was recently appointed Public Health Administrative Officer at the Alabama Department of Public Health but is no longer employed there, according to an agency spokeswoman.

“This is the right decision,” Roby said. “I worked with courageous whistleblowers to expose major wrongdoing at CAVHCS: Missing X-Rays, the crack house incident, the manipulated wait times – go down the list. There was a clear record of neglect at CAVHCS, and I wouldn’t want anyone implicated in that scandal to hold a position of public trust.”

Roby declined to comment publicly upon Talton’s hiring announcement because the issue involves a non-federal state agency.

“As a member of Congress, it isn’t my role to tell state officials how to do their job or who they should hire. However, the history at the Central Alabama VA speaks for itself, and I believe the state made the right decision. Our work to improve veterans’ services in Central Alabama continues. In fact, I’m optimistic we can get a new, stronger VA accountability bill to the President’s desk as soon as next week.”