VA HealthCare hires new CEO, cuts jobs
The VA is hiring a new CEO and cutting jobs, the Department of Veterans Affairs announced Monday.
The news comes as the Trump administration is moving to slash $3 billion in funding for the VA.
The cuts were announced Monday by the VA, which said in a statement that the cuts will begin to roll out “later this year.”
The VA has already cut $1.8 billion from the federal government in recent years.
In 2017, the VA announced it would cut nearly $1 billion.VA Secretary David Shulkin announced the cuts in a memo on Friday.
Shulkins office said that the VA has experienced an unprecedented increase in the number of claims and the cost of caring for those claims.
It said the VA is struggling to provide the same quality care to veterans.
The VA will be transitioning to a new approach to the delivery of care to more veterans, which will be more responsive to their needs, the department said.
The VA will not only make decisions about the most appropriate use of resources, but will also use its unique expertise to assist the department in developing and implementing new, innovative strategies and practices that will provide a more responsive, efficient and effective health care system.
The cuts will be made as part of a sweeping overhaul of the VA’s leadership structure, the administration said.
“We have come to a difficult and important moment in our nation’s history,” Shulking said in the memo.
“We must choose to lead the country forward, or we will not.
We cannot afford to lose this critical, once-in-a-generation opportunity.”