VA Employee Fired For Second Time This Year

Sep 21, 2017

A Department of Veterans Affairs fired Brian Hawkins for the second time this year. Hawkins was fired in July but reinstated by the Merit Systems Protection Board. The “VA center run by Hawkins was plagued by supply problems and unsanitary conditions stemming from years of mismanagement.” When he was reinstated, VA Secretary David Shulkin moved Hawkins to an administrative position. "No judge who has never run a hospital and never cared for our nation’s veterans will force me to put an employee back in a position when he allowed the facility to pose potential safety risks to our Veterans,” said Shulkin. Shulkin worked with Congress to rewrite the rules governing the firing of employees at the Veterans Administration. It used to take more than 50 days to fire an employee. The new rules now take 21 days. The VA fired Hawkins for a second time after an Inspector General’s report found that “Hawkins had emailed about sensitive medical information on unsecured accounts.” There is no word whether Hawkins will appeal.