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Jun 23, 2017

President Trump Signs Tester’s Bipartisan VA Accountability Reform Bill

Senator’s Second Major VA Reform Bill Becomes Law

(Big Sandy, Mont.) - President Donald Trump today signed into law U.S. Senator Jon Tester's bipartisan legislation to bring more accountability to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

Tester authored the bill with Republican Senators Johnny Isakson and Marco Rubio to bring much-needed reforms to the VA by streamlining the process for reviewing and firing bad employees while protecting whistleblowers.

"This law shows what happens when we put politics aside and work to make sure the VA can provide the best possible care and benefits for Montana veterans," said Tester, Ranking Member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee. "The VA will now have the tools it needs to hold bad employees accountable and protect whistleblowers from the threat of retaliation."

Tester's VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act will:

  • Allow the VA to more quickly fire bad employees without sacrificing due process rights.
  • Strengthen protections for whistleblowers.
  • Improve VA leadership through training and incentivizing managers to address poor performance.
  • Expedite the process for hiring VA Medical Center Directors.

Tester's bill is widely supported by veterans, advocates and leaders at the VA.

In April, President Trump signed Tester's Veterans Choice Program Improvement Act into law.

A summary of the VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act can be found online HERE.


Office Contact Information

Senator Tester's Montana staff serves the state from offices in Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Great Falls, Helena, Kalispell, and Missoula. Please bring your concerns with federal agencies, academy nominations, and other situations to one of these Montana offices.


Judge Jameson Federal Building
2900 4th Ave N, Suite 201
Billings, MT 59101
Phone: (406) 252-0550
Fax: (406) 252-7768


Avant Courier Building
1 E Main Street, Suite 202
Bozeman, MT 59715
Phone: (406) 586-4450
Fax: (406) 586-7647


Silver Bow Center
125 W Granite, Suite 200
Butte, MT 59701
Phone: (406) 723-3277
Fax: (406) 782-4717

Great Falls

119 1st Avenue N, Suite 102
Great Falls, MT 59401
Phone: (406) 452-9585
Fax: (406) 452-9586


Capital One Center
208 N Montana Avenue, Suite 202
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 449-5401
Fax: (406) 449-5462


8 Third Street E
Kalispell, MT 59901
Phone: (406) 257-3360
Fax: (406) 257-3974


130 W Front St.
Missoula, MT 59802
Phone: (406) 728-3003
Fax: (406) 728-2193

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