August 11, 2017: Brian Hawkins has been re-appointed as an Administrative Officer at the Headquarters of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Hawkins was previously a Director at the VA’s Washington, D.C., Medical Center. Hawkins was previously fired in July, 2017, amid allegations of mismanagement, but he appealed the firing to the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board. The Board ruled that Hawkins must be re-hired until the Office of Special Counsel reviews his appeal. VA officials said in a statement issued on Wednesday, August 9, 2017, that Hawkins has been appointed to administrative duties at VA Headquarters in Washington, D.C., and he would not work directly with patients.