The Department of Veterans Affairs Equitable Employee Accountability Act of 2015 (S. 1856) provides valuable new tools for increasing accountability at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
Introduced by Sen. Richard Blumenthal, the ranking member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, S. 1856 is the only legislation before the Senate VA committee that provides a multi-faceted, commonsense approach to ensuring real accountability.
The bill gives managers broader authority to address dangers in the workplace. Equally important, S. 1856 ensures that managers make full use of the many accountability tools they already have in current law to address misconduct and poor performance. The bill will:
AFGE strongly encourages the Senate to pass Senator Blumenthal’s bill and reject S. 1082, which would give VA management greater power to silence whistleblowers and create a culture of fear for front-line workers -- an environment similar to the one that led to the wait list scandal in 2014.