Over 500 misbehaving employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs have been terminated from their positions since President Donald Trump assumed office, The Daily Caller reports.
The department released data on Friday showing that 526 employees have been fired while 194 employees were suspended and another 27 were demoted.
The decision to publish this information was touted by VA Secretary David Shulkin, who believes VA employees should be held accountable, as he unveiled new requirements for public disclosure on personnel actions.
“Under this administration, VA is committed to becoming the most transparent organization in government… Posting this information online for all to see, and updating it weekly, will do just that,” Shulkin said.
Shulkin hopes the new disclosure policy will boost the Trump administration’s efforts to change the “culture” at the agency.
Despite the many scandals involving the VA during the Obama administration, managers have been reluctant to aggressively fire erring staff because the union representing VA employees has used its influence with Democrats to protect job security for government workers.