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Last week the federal Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) offered a stay on the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) attempt to fire Brian Hawkins, former director of the Washington, D.C. VA medical center. Hawkins was fired on July 28, but the MSBP order requires the VA to return him to work.
The VA actually returned him to the payroll, despite the fact that Hawkins allowed unsanitary surgical conditions like unsterile instruments. In one case, a patient was prepared for vascular surgery and already put under anesthesia when the surgeon discovered he lacked the necessary equipment for the operation!
VA Secretary David Shulkin was furious. "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," Shulkin declared in a statement Wednesday.
On Friday, Dan Caldwell, policy director at Concerned Veterans for America (CVA), told PJ Media that Shulkin intends to use his new power under the VA Accountability Act President Trump signed in June to finally fire Hawkins.
"Brian Hawkins was fired under the old law," Caldwell explained. "Now, they're going to try and terminate him under the new law."
The new law laid out important restrictions to the MSBP's actions, restraining the deep state from holding back accountability at the VA. "The MSBP has a terrible history of overturning demotions and terminations of employees who clearly engage in misconduct, in some cases criminal misconduct," Caldwell said.
He mentioned the cases of Kimberley Graves and Diana Rubens, who were accused of pocketing more than $400,000 in moving costs for questionable job moves. The MSBP prevented them from being disciplined or reassigned, and in February of last year, the board ordered that they could not even be demoted for defrauding the government.
Shulkin will likely act to remove Hawkins from the VA, but don't expect the deep state to take this lying down.