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Miller: VA Leaders Don’t Know How To Discipline Employees, Unclear If They Even Want To

Dec 3, 2015
Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, Chairman Miller released the following statement regarding VA’s admission that it botched the disciplinary process for Diana Rubens and Kimberly Graves:

“It seems VA’s incompetence knows no bounds. After VA Dep. Sec. Sloan Gibson repeatedly expressed concerns that our committee’s legitimate oversight efforts could jeopardize these disciplinary proceedings, VA seems to have sabotaged this case all on its own. This is yet another example that proves VA is nowhere near as focused on accountability as it should be. By now, it’s clear to nearly every objective observer that VA’s top officials don’t know how to properly discipline employees. What remains unclear, however, is whether they are even interested in doing so. Yet until VA leaders make a commitment to supporting real accountability – something they have refused to do thus far – efforts to reform the department are doomed to fail. This is an absolutely egregious mistake, and right now it’s incumbent upon VA leaders to do two things: explain to taxpayers, veterans and Congress who will be held accountable for this failure and outline its plan for finally getting serious about accountability at the department.” – Rep. Jeff Miller, Chairman, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs



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