The Sad Truth About the VA
House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller lambasted Department of Veterans Affairs officials Tuesday for an "almost non-existent" level of accountability within the agency following a recent scandal.
What would it take for you to get fired from your job? Regularly showing up late? Stealing your coworkers lunch? There are all sorts of ways to get fired in the private sector, and in today's rough and tumble Obama economy, many of us have become all too familiar with them.
But what if you were charged with taking care of America's Veterans? Well, then you can get away with literally anything:
"Today's announcement from VA that no one will be seriously disciplined for wasting more than $1 billion on a failed construction project and that a few executives might receive a weak slap on the wrist or a temporary written warning for a relocation scandal that cost taxpayers more than $400,000 is more proof of this sad fact," Miller said in a statement late Tuesday.
The project is known as "the biggest construction failure in VA history" and its cost has tripled from its original $604 million budget.
The VA announced Tuesday afternoon that the four leaders at the Veterans Benefits Administration who mismanaged the Denver hospital replacement project would receive suspensions and be reprimanded for their misuse of taxpayer funds.
Another day, another government employee getting away with highway robbery.