WASHINGTON–U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) voted to improve accountability at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) by supporting the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act.
This legislation, cosponsored by Boozman, would allow the secretary of the VA to dismiss bad employees while protecting those who expose wrongdoing and includes a number of provisions to hold employees accountable.
“Passage of this bill is an important step to restoring accountability at VA and meeting the needs of our nation’s veterans. Providing VA with the tools to hold responsible those employees who abuse their power and put our veterans in danger is critical to ensuring these men and women receive the best care and services available,” Boozman, a member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, said.
The Senate passed the legislation on Tuesday. It heads to the House of Representatives for consideration.
The bill is widely supported by key veterans stakeholders including the VA and U.S. House Veterans’ Affairs Committee leadership. This legislation has also won the support of several veterans advocacy groups that represent millions of veterans in the United States and key government accountability groups.