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GovExec Daily: The 2017 VA Accountability Law and the Courts

Attorney Conor Dirks joins the podcast to discuss two cases that knock down the agency's interpretation of the rule.

In 2017, Congress passed the landmark VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act as a way to make it easier to fire Veterans Affairs employees while fairly treating them. The rule, however, has seen mixed results and two court cases recently knocked down the VA’s interpretation of the law.

Conor D. Dirks is an attorney at the firm of Shaw Bransford & Roth, where he has represented federal officials and employees in all aspects of federal personnel employment law. He wrote a case law update about the two cases affecting the VA headlined “Federal Circuit Knocks Down VA’s Interpretation of 2017 'Accountability” Law'" on He joined the show to discuss the cases and the future of disciplinary action in the government.

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