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  • VA Secretary “re-fires” person he fired in April

    09/22/2017 4:19:35 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 12 replies
    hotair.com ^ | Jazz Shaw
    More than a month ago we talked about the problems that VA Secretary David Shulkin was having in attempting to fire delinquent D.C. medical center Director Brian Hawkins. The soon-to-be ex-employee was in charge of a center where unsanitary conditions were placing the lives of veterans under his care at risk. On top of that, sensitive VA documents had been sent to his private email server (wait… am I the only person on the planet without a private server?) along with various other irregularities. After being placed in an administrative position during an investigation, Shulkin moved to implement new policies...
  • Trump administration has fired more than 500 VA employees since January

    07/08/2017 12:34:00 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 24 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | July 7, 2017 | Sarah Westwood
    Department of Veterans Affairs officials have fired more than 500 misbehaving employees since January, according to data posted online Friday. VA Secretary David Shulkin touted his agency's decision to publish its efforts to hold VA employees accountable, unveiling new requirements for updating the public on personnel actions. "Veterans and taxpayers have a right to know what we're doing to hold our employees accountable and make our personnel actions transparent," Shulkin said in a statement. "Posting this information online for all to see, and updating it weekly, will do just that."
  • Turnaround at the VA:

    05/26/2017 6:51:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 26, 2017 | Dan Celia
    A few months back, I wrote an article for Townhall.com about the Veterans Administration. In light of Memorial Day, I thought it would be a great idea to revisit the VA and some of the developments that have transpired since then. At first, I was not a fan of Secretary David Shulkin. One of three Trump appointees that I questioned, I felt he had made it a point to be somewhat of a career politician. I believed what we needed in that position was not an Obama-holdover appointee, but a businessman who specialized in turning around organizations. I have to...
  • VA Accountability Bill Passes Major Hurdle In The Senate (firing bad VA employees)

    05/25/2017 5:06:01 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 8 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | Jonah Bennett
    The Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs cleared a bill Wednesday that would make it much easier for Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary David Shulkin to fire bad employees, moving the legislation one step closer to law. Now that the VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017 has passed the committee hurdle, it will move to the floor of the Senate for further consideration. It’s not clear exactly when the bill will reach the full chamber, but if the Senate passes the bill, it will be sent to the House for a vote. The purpose of the bill is...
  • Unanimous: Senate Confirms Dr. David Shulkin to Take over Veterans Affairs

    02/14/2017 4:48:13 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 19 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Neil W. McCabe
    Every Democrat joined every Republican in voting to confirm Dr. David Shulkin as the next man to run the Department of Veterans Affairs in a 100-0 vote. Speaking on the Senate floor shortly before the vote, Sen. Susan Collins (R.-Maine) said she was thrilled by Shulkin’s nomination, and it was one of the few things Republicans and Democrats have agreed on recently. Collins said that she was especially impressed when Shulkin kept a commitment he made to her in a private meeting and visited the only veterans hospital in Maine with her. “I was truly impressed and remain truly impressed...
  • The Latest: Senate confirms Shulkin as VA secretary

    02/13/2017 5:40:00 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    WBRC-TV ^ | February 13, 2017 | The Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Latest on President Donald Trump's Cabinet confirmations (all times EST): 7:53 p.m. The Senate has confirmed physician David Shulkin to serve as secretary of Veterans Affairs in the Trump administration. The vote Monday was 100-0. Shulkin is a former Obama administration official who had served as the VA's top health official since 2015. He is the first non-veteran to lead the government's second-largest department....
  • Trump's VA pick pledges to save beleaguered agency

    02/01/2017 7:55:48 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 1, 2017 10:21 PM EST | Hope Yen
    Physician David Shulkin headed toward likely confirmation as President Donald Trump’s veterans affairs secretary, after offering repeated assurances Wednesday to sometimes skeptical senators that he will work quickly to meet the medical care needs of millions of veterans without dismantling the beleaguered department. At his confirmation hearing, Shulkin, the top health official at the Department of Veterans Affairs since 2015, cited efforts during his tenure to improve wait times for veterans needing urgent care, such as same-day services in primary care and mental health at VA medical centers. He urged a more integrated VA network in which veterans could seek...
  • Donald Trump Announces David Shulkin As VA Secretary (Obama appointee)

    01/11/2017 8:54:12 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 89 replies
    Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday, President-elect Donald Trump announced his pick for VA Secretary, the final missing piece of his cabinet. Trump has picked David Shulkin, the current Under Secretary for Health for the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. If Shulkin is confirmed, he will be the first non-veteran to serve as VA Secretary. Shulkin has served as undersecretary since June 2015. He was previously was the chief executive of many hospital systems.
  • David Shulkin picked to head Department of Veterans Affairs, Trump says

    01/11/2017 10:16:35 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    CNN ^ | 01/11/2017 | By Eric Bradner and Jeremy Diamond
    President-elect Donald Trump has tapped David Shulkin to head the Department of Veterans Affairs, he announced Wednesday. "I appointed today the head secretary of the Veterans Administration, David Shulkin," Trump said during his news conference at Trump Tower in New York. "We'll do a news release in a little while, I'll tell you about David, he's fantastic. He's fantastic. He will do a truly great job. One of the commitments I've made is that we're going to straighten out the whole situation for our veterans." Shulkin is the VA's current undersecretary for health, a position in which he oversaw more...