Congressman Thomas J. Rooney

Representing the 17th District of Florida

Rooney: “We’re Finally Holding the VA Accountable”

Jun 23, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Tom Rooney (FL-17) commended the signing of the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act, which was signed into law by President Trump today.

“The brave men and women who served our country deserve the fastest and most effective medical care in the world,” Rooney said. “This necessary reform of the VA is long overdue and is essential to ensuring that our veterans are receiving the very best care. This new law makes clear to VA managers: get the job done, or make way for someone who can. Our veterans deserve better, and it’s time for serious accountability and oversight. I’m hopeful that we are providing Secretary Shulkin with the tools he needs to run the agency properly.”

This law will expedite the process for firing, demoting, or suspending VA employees. Additionally, the law will protect whistleblowers by ensuring that the VA can’t inappropriately target an employee who is seeking relief from the U.S. office of Special Counsel for whistleblower retaliation. Rooney, an Army veteran, represents one of the largest veterans’ populations in the country, of more than 70,000.