In one of his most effective swamp drains since Donald Trump was inaugurated, the VA announced Friday that over 500 underperforming or misbehaving employees have been terminated since the new president took office.
Data from the Department of Veterans Affairs released last Friday showed that 525 employees had been removed from their positions since Jan. 20. Another 194 received suspensions of two weeks or longer and 27 received demotions.
The Daily Caller cited even higher numbers — 548 removed, 200 suspended and 33 demoted — although it was unclear what their source for that data was.
According to The Washington Post, the Adverse Action Report, current as of July 3, was the first posted under the watch of Secretary of Veterans Affairs David J. Shulkin.
“Under this administration, VA is committed to becoming the most transparent organization in government. Together with the accountability bill the president signed into law recently, this additional step will continue to shine a light on the actions we’re taking to reform the culture at VA,” Shulkin said in a statement.
“Veterans and taxpayers have a right to know what we’re doing to hold our employees accountable and make our personnel actions transparent. Posting this information online for all to see, and updating it weekly, will do just that.”