In June, Congress passed the VA Accountability and Whistleblower Act, which makes it easier to dismiss any of the 300,000 employees of the Veterans Administration.

Republicans and Democrats who supported the legislation argued that VA care givers must be held accountable to the highest standards of  clinical excellence and ethical behavior.

At a subsequent bill signing, President Donald Trump pledged that managerial or staff misconduct — like the falsification of data about wait times for patient appointments at a few VA hospitals — will never occur again.  READ MORE