July 9, 2017

Sunday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (070917)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:00 am

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  1. Good News On the Home Front
    at The Veterans Administration

    “When he ran for President, Trump promised he’d clean up the Veterans Administration, a bureaucracy which was ill-serving America’s veterans. He’s keeping his word:

    The VA has removed 526 employees since Jan. 20, according to the accountability report released on Friday. Agency officials have demoted another 27 employees and temporarily suspended an additional 194 employees for longer than two weeks. The list does not include the employees’ names but shows their positions.

    “In addition to posting the adverse action information, Secretary Shulkin announced that he is requiring approval by a senior official of any monetary settlement with an employee over the amount of $5,000,” the VA noted Friday. “Any settlement above this amount will require the personal approval of the undersecretary, assistant secretary or equivalent senior-level official within the organization in which the dispute occurs.”

    Shulkin highlighted the new disclosure policy as part of his efforts to change the “culture” at the VA.

    From here, (where there are more good news summaries): http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2017/07/trump_grinds_the_g20_the_bureaucratic_underground_and_cnn_into_hamburger.html#ixzz4mLvzF7Ze

    which quoted here for the VA excerpt:
    http://http//www.washingtonexaminer.com/trump-administration-has-fired-more-than-500-va-employees-since-january/article/2627988

    Comment by Cornfed — July 9, 2017 @ 12:32 pm

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