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Westerman Votes for Improvement to VA Human Resources

July 26, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Bruce Westerman released the following statement Thursday (July 26), noting passage this week of H.R. 5864, the VA Hospitals Establishing Leadership Performance Act:

“As veterans in Arkansas are aware, problems with staffing at the Veterans Administration created a man-made crisis and lives could be on the line," Westerman said. "Tens of thousands of pathology results are being re-evaluated at this time after a pathologist was allegedly discovered impaired on the job. We have to strengthen the tools to remove bad doctors and other staff who do not perform to standard. That is why I voted to modernize the VA’s human resources department, which would make the VA’s HR department comparable to private sector employers and bring it into the 21st Century. Accountability is required when maleficence is discovered and this bill would provide the tools to hold bad actors accountable.”