DEVELOPING: Obama Admin Pays Stunning “Reward” To Professionals Behind Deaths Of U.S. Troops
(The Conservative Tribune) -- The Department of Veterans Affairs reportedly shelled out over $142 million to employees and executives in performance bonuses in 2014 despite the recent scandals that have plagued the agency.
Bonuses were as high as $12,705 and most were over $500, according to USA Today.
Those who received bonuses include claims processors in a Philadelphia benefits office that received $300 to $900 each. Investigators called this particular office the worst in the country last year, according to the report.
Managers who supervised the over-prescription of opiates to veterans (of whom one died) in Tomah, Wisconsin, received $1,000 to $4,000 in bonuses. Executives who managed the construction of a project in Denver that was years overdue and millions over budget received $4,000 to $8,000 each.
Overall, $276 million in incentives were passed out in 2014. These incentives included retention and relocation payments and rewards for saving money on travel.
Bonuses continued even after former Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki resigned after it was reported that 40 veterans died while on VA wait lists.
Jeff Miller, chairman of the House VA committee, has been investigating VA bonuses for years and said these recent bonuses mirror a “disturbing trend of rewarding employees who preside over corruption and incompetence.”
He said the agency paid more than $380,000 bonuses in 2013 at hospitals where veterans experienced delayed treatment.
“Rewarding failure only breeds more failure,” he said Tuesday. “Until VA leaders learn this important lesson and make a commitment to supporting real accountability at the department, efforts to reform VA are doomed to fail.”
Clearly, something needs to be done about the incompetent bureaucrats running government agencies. It’s bad enough that this is happening at all, but it is absolutely inexcusable when it happens to our veterans.
This is why government bureaucrats don’t need to be involved in health care — they always put money first.
H/T Fox News