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VA Chief Shulkin: I Will Fire Unacceptable Employees

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VA Secretary David Shulkin (AP Photo)

By    |   Tuesday, 21 Feb 2017 05:30 PM

Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin is promising to crack down on VA workers "who really aren't doing their job," and to work with Congress on accountability legislation.

In his first interview, conducted by Fox News' Pete Hegseth, an Iraq War vet – portions of which will air through the week – Shulkin vowed he would have different results than his predecessor, VA Secretary Bob McDonald.

"Watch us," he said. "People who don't show up to work, who do cocaine or who are watching porn at work are gong to be fired, because I'm not going to tolerate it, and they're going to be out of our system. Watch our results there."

Shulkin – the first non-veteran in American history to oversee the federal veterans agencies, Military Times reported – said he would rely on his private sector experience to weed out problematic workers.

"Nothing is more demoralizing . . . when you have one or two or three people who aren't doing the job, they bring everybody down," he said.

"And so the very best thing I know from my private sector experience is you've got to deal with that, you've got to get them out of the system, because it helps not only the veterans, but the people who work in VA who are trying to do the right thing for veterans."

Shulkin said he would be working with lawmakers on Capitol Hill on new accountability legislation – but also to be an advocate for VA workers, calling them "the best people in healthcare."

"Remember, the vast, vast majority of our employees are dedicated," he said. "They could be working anywhere in healthcare, but they choose to be working at VA. And I'm going to support them, I'm going to be standing behind them."

"We're going to make sure that just because it's hard to do, we're not going to stop," he added about problems at the VA.

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