“Today, President Trump signed one of the most important pieces of legislation of his presidency. The Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act finally takes the issue of accountability in the Department of Veterans Affairs out of the abstract by giving the VA Secretary actionable authority to make tangible changes. Now, poor performing VA employees will not be able to game the system and collect paychecks for months, or even years, after formal action to remove them has been taken. Whistleblowers will no longer have bullseyes on their backs after rightly reporting fraud, waste, abuse and other wrongs in the agency. VA employees who undeservedly receive bonuses, awards and relocation allowances will not be allowed to engage in previously undiscovered misconduct and keep those monies. More importantly, the VA Secretary will have enhanced authority to hire the best leaders for key positions in the VA healthcare system. The public, veterans and VA employees who work hard to make a difference in the lives of the veterans they serve can now be optimistic about the future of the VA. Today, that optimism is sustained by the steady and lasting improvements that this new legislation is intended to catalyze.” – Executive Director Sherman Gillums, Jr.