Tipton Supports VA Hiring Reform to Ensure Quality Care for Colorado’s Veterans

Mar 17, 2017 Issues: Military and Veterans

Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03) voted for two bills that reform the hiring process within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The bills, the VA Accountability First Act (H.R. 1259), and H.R. 1367, a measure to improve the VA Secretary’s authority to retain physicians and other VA employees, will help ensure Colorado’s veterans receive quality care at VA facilities.

“In order to ensure our veterans receive the best care possible, the VA must have the ability to streamline the employment process and retain care providers. Hiring top notch medical professionals is critical, but it can be a challenge to retain physicians in rural communities. With the ability to better retain the doctors, nurses and technicians that make quality healthcare possible, the VA will be able to make further progress toward providing veterans in rural communities with quality care options,” said Tipton.

H.R. 1367 establishes programs within the VA to recruit and retain highly qualified professionals. It also requires the VA to collect effective hiring information that will improve retention methods.

H.R. 1259 grants the Secretary of the VA more flexibility in managing the process for the removal, demotion, or suspension of any VA employee for performance or misconduct. Additionally, the bill allows the Secretary to recoup bonuses and relocation expenses for employees who fail to meet employment standards. Currently it can take up to a year to remove a poorly performing employee at the VA.

“Giving the VA more tools to hire and retain quality health care professionals and allowing the VA Secretary to address personnel matters quickly are important steps in our journey towards a more effective and efficient VA,” Tipton added.