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VA reform bill would make it easier to fire employees

April 29, 2016

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The long-awaited omnibus VA reform bill made its debut on April 28, proposing stark changes in how the agency disciplines senior executives charged with wrongdoing.

Most controversially, the bill proposes to remove the Merit Systems Protections Board from the appeals process, requiring executives to appeal directly to VA Secretary Bob McDonald.

As expected, the proposal would shift VA SES members from Title 5 status to Title 38 status, which gives the VA more flexibility in compensation, but also moves the employee discipline and appeals process in-house.

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