Congressman Lamar Smith

Representing the 21st District of Texas
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Smith: “It’s too hard to both fire and hire employees at the VA”

Mar 17, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Lamar Smith (TX-21) voted in support of a bill that improves the Secretary of Veterans Affairs ability to hire and retain physicians and other employees of the VA (H.R. 1367). The bill passed unanimously in the House.

The night before, the House passed the VA Accountability First of 2017 (H.R. 1259) which reforms the VA by giving more authority to the VA Secretary to hold employees accountable for poor performance or misconduct. A recent study completed by the U.S. Government Accountability Office found that, on average, it takes six months to a year, to remove a permanent civil servant in the Federal Government.

Rep. Smith: “Today Republicans and Democrats worked together to hack away at more VA bureaucracy. It’s too hard to both fire and hire employees at the VA, which keeps Veterans from receiving the care and service they deserve. This bill corrects deficiencies within VA’s overly bureaucratic and lengthy hiring process so that they can efficiently recruit and retain highly qualified doctors and professionals at all levels.”