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August 21, 2009

Vets Languish as VA Bureaucrats Grant Themselves Huge Bonuses

Posted by Dave Blount at August 21, 2009 9:37 AM

Because primary education is under government control, the more we spend on it, the worse it gets. For example, arguably the worst schools in the country are located in the District of Criminals, which spends the third most money per student. This is because unlike the private sector, government has no interest in spending efficiently; it merely uses our money to feather the nests of bureaucrats. It will work the same way with ObamaCare, just as it already does with the VA:

Outside the Veterans Affairs Department, severely wounded veterans have faced financial hardship waiting for their first disability payment. Inside, money has been flowing in the form of $24 million in bonuses.
In scathing reports this week, the VA's inspector general said thousands of technology office employees at the VA received the bonuses over a two-year period, some under questionable circumstances. It also detailed abuses ranging from nepotism to an inappropriate relationship between two VA employees.
The inspector general accused one recently retired VA official of acting "as if she was given a blank checkbook" as awards and bonuses were distributed to employees of the Office of Information and Technology in 2007 and 2008. In some cases the justification for the bonuses was inadequate or questionable, the IG said.
The official, Jennifer S. Duncan, also engaged in nepotism and got $60,000 in bonuses herself, the IG said. In addition, managers improperly authorized college tuition payments for VA employees, some of whom were Duncan's family members and friends. That cost taxpayers nearly $140,000.
Separately, a technology office employee became involved in an "inappropriate personal relationship" with a high-level VA official. The technology office employee flew 22 times from Florida to Washington, where the VA official lived. That travel cost $37,000. …
The VA has faced criticism before in its awarding of bonuses. In 2007, the AP reported that the then-VA secretary had approved a generous package of more than $3.8 million in bonus payments in 2006, citing a need to retain longtime VA executives.

Typically, the situation was awful under Bush, but exponentially worse under Chairman Zero, the personification of Big Government.

Meanwhile, "a backlog that has left some veterans waiting months for a disability check."

The VA is a government entity. Therefore, it's primary purpose is to grow the wealth and power of bureaucrats at the expense of those who are not bureaucrats. If vets get any service at all, they can count themselves lucky.

On a tip from AmericanToTheCore.