VA Official: “You Can’t Fire Your Way to Excellence”

Just yesterday, Ed asked what it take to get fired at the VA these days. Members on the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee apparently read Ed’s column because they had similar questions themselves when they chatted with Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson, but the answers were generally held to be something less than satisfactory. (Washington Post)

A Veterans Affairs official on Wednesday defended the department’s decision to demote but not fire two senior executives who collected $400,000 in a relocation scheme, and pushed back sharply against lawmakers for pressing for punishment rather than accountability for the VA workforce.

“In my many years in the private sector, I’ve never encountered an organization where leadership was measured by how many people you fired,” Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson told the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee.

“You can’t fire your way to excellence.”