VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act Including Kuster Provision Signed Into Law
**Congresswoman Kuster’s provision will improve protections for whistleblowers within the VA**
**You can view Kuster’s remarks in support of her amendment from earlier this year HERE**
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(Washington, DC) - Today, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02), a member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, welcomed the signing of the VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017 into law. Yesterday, Kuster along with Members of the VA Committee joined Speaker Ryan as he signed the bill and sent it to the President. This legislation will give the Veterans Affairs Department the authority to fire, demote, or suspend employees for poor performance or misconduct using an expedited process. The bill includes provisions from an amendment introduced by Kuster to strengthen VA whistleblower protections. Kuster’s amendment was adopted in the House-passed version of the legislation earlier this year.
“I’m pleased that this important legislation to improve accountability at the Department of Veterans Affairs has been signed into law,” said Congresswoman Kuster. “We need to ensure that employees who impede the mission of the VA are held accountable and this bipartisan legislation is an important step toward making that a reality. The provisions of my amendment that were included will help to improve protections for whistleblowers, allowing them to come forward more readily if they see something wrong. This legislation is an example of how when we work across the aisle we can make important progress for our veterans and our nation.”
Kuster’s provision will make supervisors more responsible for the effective performance of their employees by improving training of supervisors to include training on whistleblower rights.
Congresswoman Kuster has served on the U.S. House Veterans’ Affairs Committee since taking office in 2013, and has served as the Ranking Member of the Veterans’ Affairs Oversight & Investigations Subcommittee since 2015. As Ranking Member, she pushes for increased transparency at the VA and helps to lead the charge in Washington on the need to improve access to care for veterans across the country. The daughter of a WWII veteran, Congresswoman Kuster has long advocated for the needs of New Hampshire veterans, and she frequently holds veteran roundtables, forums, and job fairs for Granite State veterans across the district.