Congressman Keith Rothfus

Representing the 12th District of Pennsylvania

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Rothfus Statement on Legislation to Improve VA Accountability

Mar 17, 2017
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Keith Rothfus [PA-12] released the following statement after the House passed two pieces of legislation to improve VA accountability and ensure better treatment of veterans:

“Our veterans deserve the highest quality care, efficient delivery of their benefits, and real respect for the sacrifices they have made.  This is possible only if we have high quality personnel at the VA and VA hospitals.  Too often, we have seen individual employees within the VA fail to fulfill their duties to our veterans, harming our veterans and tarnishing the VA’s reputation in the process.  Right now, the VA’s arcane civil service rules needlessly slow the process of removing these individuals. H.R. 1259 seeks to fix that problem by holding bad actors accountable and maintaining important whistleblower protections so every veteran can access the care they need,” said Congressman Rothfus.

“H.R. 1367 takes steps to ensure we are hiring the best individuals to work at the VA and to ensure they are retained there so that they can continue to deliver on the promises we made to our veterans,” Rothfus added.

The VA Accountability First Act of 2017 (H.R. 1259) would provide the VA Secretary increased flexibility to remove, demote, or suspend any VA employee, including Senior Executive Service employees, for performance or misconduct.

H.R. 1367 would establish a recruiting database to make high-quality potential employees aware of positions at the VA. It also creates opportunities for career training and advancement for current VA employees through fellowship positions and a promotional track for technical experts.