Veterans Affairs forced to keep fired medical director

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 10, 2017

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has been forced employ the former Washington, D.C. medical center director for the time being after the employee was sacked for failing "to provide effective leadership at the medical center".

The Merit Systems Protection Board ordered a stay on August 2 of the firing of Brian Hawkins, who formerly served as D.C. VA medical center director, which means that Hawkins has now returned to work and is again being paid by the VA.

In a statement Wednesday, the VA says Hawkins had been reassigned to administrative duty at VA headquarters in Washington and would not work directly with patients. "Protecting our veterans is my most important responsibility".

In a statement in July, the VA said Hawkins had been fired July 28 because he "failed to provide effective leadership at the medical center" after an internal investigation revealed he sent sensitive information about the hospital to his wife's personal email account. The report also stated that Hawkins approved "thousands of dollars of ratings-based monetary awards without performance appraisals reflecting justification for the awards".

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