VA Bonuses to continue
VA Administrators still get bonus bucks.
I just read where the House-Senate committee announced on Monday that VA administrators will continue to receive their bonus pay in a compromise bill. They did however cap the bonus pay at 360 Million per year for the next 10 years.. Prior to the VA scandal it was capped at 400 Million per year. Now that adds up to 3.6 Billion over the next 10 years to the same administrators and employees who falsified records in order to keep getting their annual bonus pay.
A few weeks ago, the House voted unanimously 420-0 at the first vote, and 426-0 the second vote to strip all bonuses from VA officials and use that 400 Million toward better healthcare for out veterans.
Also included in the compromise bill was language stating that senior officials can be fired or demoted, but they have 7 days to appeal the ruling.
Most of us are aware it is nearly impossible to fire or demote a federal employee and will most likely never happen. The original proposal was that the VA Secretary had the right to fire VA employees with no right of appeal.
So now I ask?
How the heck did we get from a unanimous vote to stop all bonuses and have the right to fire any VA employees who were not doing their job to this outcome?
Did anyone out there hear anything from their elected representatives that they were outraged over the agreement to continue paying bonuses in spite of the unanimous vote? I sure didn't nor did I see anything on the news regarding this matter.
So veterans all over the country died while waiting for medical care. The bonus money was paid out for outstanding performance based on completely falsified records at most if not all of the VA facilities. It seems to me that there ought to be some people wearing prison orange jump suits rather than out spending huge bonus checks.
I smell a rat:
I seriously doubt that the employees at all of these different VA facilities all dreamed up the exact same plan to make their performance records appear much better than they were in reality. They got their orders from someone higher up and followed them to the letter because of the promised bonus money.
I also suspect that this sudden decision to continue paying bonus money has something to do with silencing more whistle blowers. Had they gone on a firing campaign due to the falsified records many of those who were fired would have talked.
Now, they not only get to keep their jobs they also get to enjoy the same or more bonus bucks than they previously received.
The 360 Million per year we will pay out in unearned bonuses would sure help provide better care for our much deserving veterans. The 3.6 Billion, that is Billion with a "B" we will pay out over the next 10 years could build some state of the art facilities or go toward paying for outside treatment for veterans.
Perhaps someone can explain to me who made this decision and why it was decided to continue with the bonuses rather than firing and prison for some of the administrators.
I guess this is just our government at work with business as usual.
Will we ever know the names of the people that made this decision? That is very doubtful.
Thanks for taking the time to read this rant and I hope you are as angry about this as I am.
I just saw on the news that Congress approved a 17 Billion dollar bill to improve the VA healthcare. I see now how the bonus package slipped through the unanimous house vote of 426-0 to end the bonuses.
They are all packed and ready to go home for a 5 week vacation. They wanted to get this one off their plate before they left, so they voted today. It is called a "Compromise Bill" and that tells me it went like this.
The house was willing to appropriate money but the senate would only go along if the bonus program was included. So the compromise was to get the bill passed the house members had to agree to the bonus deal.
No politician in his or her right mind would want to go down in history as opposing more money for the VA after the recent scandal and needless deaths. So most likely very little time was spent on discussion and they all walk away patting their own backs and bragging about what they accomplished. I'm very happy the VA is getting more money but not happy with the way it was done.
VA Employee Bonuses
Should the VA employees continue to collect annual bonuses?
Link to this information
- VA Officials Will Get Millions of Dollars in Bonuses Under House-Senate Agreement | TheBlaze.com
A House-Senate agreement on how to reform the broken Department of Veterans Affairs will let the VA hand out up to $360 million in bonuses to its employees each year, even though the House voted just weeks ago to strip all VA bonuses through 2016. Th