Is VA's new firing authority the next civil service reform? (Article)
Jenny Mattingley, director of government affairs, Shaw Bransford & Roth P.C., and legislative director, Senior Executives Association, was quoted in the The Federal Times article, "Is VA's new firing authority the next civil service reform?"Is VA's new firing authority the next civil service reform?" in October 2014. Jenny is a registered lobbyist and spends a lot of time on the Hill and in the federal community advocating federal employee rights.
On Oct. 6, the Veterans Affairs Department began the firing process for four senior executives for infractions including personal misconduct, steering contracts to preferred providers and for the continued fallout from the patient scheduling scandal.
The Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014 passed by Congress Aug. 7 gave the VA secretary the power to more easily fire and demote senior execs, which proponents say is crucial to reforming the agency.
But federal employee groups are worried it’s just the beginning.
News source: Federal Times