The Removal Of Senior Officials Will Be The First Big Test For New VA Secretary

Created on Monday, 06 Feb 2017 17:31:48

It will not be enough for the VA secretary to say his hands are tied by law or bureaucratic procedure.

Assuming Dr. David Shulkin will be confirmed as the next secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, he will face a number of tests within the first 100 days. One of those tests involves DeWayne Hamlin, director of the VA Caribbean Healthcare System in San Juan, Puerto Rico, who was removed from office and federal service on the same day that President Donald Trump was inaugurated.  The operative word that begs the question in such cases is "removed" and what it means exactly. By removed, does it always have to mean a public servant who has compromised the public’s trust will collect a full paycheck while under reassignment in one of those positions that are neatly tucked away from public view?

An article outlining this issue was written by Paralyzed Veterans of America Executive Director Sherman Gillums, Jr. and published in Task and Purpose on February 6, 2017:

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