JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Department of Veterans Affairs says current law forced the agency to continue paying a VA employee in Texas who was caught watching pornography while with a patient, and is supporting Congress' efforts to change legislation to speed up the firing process.

VA says it immediately removed the unnamed employee of the Michael DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Houston from patient care and placed the worker on administrative duties. 

While the employee was recommended to be removed from federal service, due to current law, VA says the deciding official cannot affect a final determination for 30 days from the date the proposal for removal was made. 

“This is an example of why we need accountability legislation as soon as possible,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs David J. Shulkin. “It’s unacceptable that VA has to wait 30 days to act on a proposed removal.” More

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