The Department of Veterans Affairs has fired Brian Hawkins from his position as director of its Washington, D.C., medical center. The action comes after an internal probe by the VA inspector general substantiated allegations that Hawkins used his government email account to send “sensitive VA information” to unsecured private accounts. VA cited “failure to provide effective leadership” as the reason for Hawkins’ ouster. VA Secretary David Shulkin had tried to fire July Hawkins, but a Merit Systems Protection Board action temporarily saved the beleaguered director’s job, the New York Times reported. Determined to remove Hawkins, Shulkin instead invoked a new law — the VA Accountability Act — to dismiss him.
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