President Donald Trump is not holding any punches — he’s had no problems firing all the incompetent individuals who have plagued the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for far too long.
Since the president’s implementation of the VA Accountability Act, which gave the Secretary of Veterans Affairs greater authority to fire and discipline workers, the White House reports that 1,470 employees have been fired, 443 have been suspended, and 83 have been demoted since just last year.
While the VA still has a long way to go, the bureaucracy that once was there is now no longer — and federal employees can’t get away with failing their jobs anymore.
Trump is making sure veterans get their fair shake, especially after all they’ve done for this great country and keeping it safe.
These new statistics come as President Trump seeks to expand what happened in the VA Accountability Act to all governmental departments, wanting to “hire the best and fire the worst” federal government employees under the most ambitious proposal to overhaul the civil service in 40 years.
The measures will be outlined in the budget plan that Trump will send to Congress Monday, said four Office of Management and Budget officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because the budget hasn’t been released.
Trump foreshadowed the proposal in a line in his State of the Union address last week: “Tonight, I call on Congress to empower every Cabinet Secretary with the authority to reward good workers and to remove federal employees who undermine the public trust or fail the American people,” he said.
Trump used the VA Accountability Act, which caused many justified firings and demotions, as a model.
Another pillar of his proposal would reduce automatic pay increases and instead use that money for a performance bonus pool.
Under the current system, federal employees get a review every one to three years. Employees whose performance is “fully successful” — as 99.7% are — get a within-grade “step” increase in addition to annual cost-of-living increases.
Trump’s plan would stretch out the amount of time it takes to go from step 1 to step 10 from 18 years to 27 years, saving $10 billion over the next decade, officials said.
That money would then go to high-performing employees either as merit raises or one-time bonuses.