Trump Signs Executive Order to Protect VA Whistleblowers

President says people 'who fail our veterans' will now be held accountable
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 27, 2017 6:19 PM CDT
President Trump holds up an executive order on "Improving Accountability and Whistleblower Protection" after signing it at the Department of Veterans Affairs Thursday in Washington DC.   (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

(Newser) – President Trump says he sent a "strong message" Thursday by signing an executive order that creates an Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection within the Department of Veterans Affairs, the AP reports. Trump says through the new office people "who fail our veterans" will be held accountable for the first time. VA Secretary David Shulkin tells CNN the office will protect VA employees who identify fellow workers who "have deviated" from the VA's mission. It will also remove "barriers" that make it hard to get rid of such employees. The executive order is in part a response to the up to 40 veterans who died in 2014 while waiting months for appointments at a VA center in Arizona. (Read more Department of Veterans Affairs stories.)

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