VA Officials

Benjamin KrauseFederal judges overturned demotion decisions for two senior VA officials accused of manipulating the agency’s promotion and hiring system for personal gain.

That is correct. Diana Rubens and Kim Graves had their demotions overturned, but not because they were innocent. Let me put what happened very simply. VA’s scheme of not holding good ole boys accountable finally bit them on the butt.

The demotions were overturned because VA refusal to punish Danny Pummill who was aware of the reassignment scheme. Pummill was promoted into Undersecretary Allison Hickey’s slot as head of Veterans Benefits Administration. I would hardly call a promotion into this position as being “punishment” and the failure to punish resulted in the reversal.

Pummill’s testimony under oath was deemed untrustworthy and lacking in credibility.

So this means we now have three employees all engaged in scheming behind the scene who now hold new jobs or additional cash as a result of the scheme. That’s what they call a win-win in VA land.

Rep. Tim Walz, D-Minn, called the decision “ridiculous” and said lawmakers need to continue pushing for “fundamental change.” But what would that fundamental change be that would encourage senior VA executives to follow the law?

These decisions send the wrong message to America and to federal employees. Basically, if your boss signs of on you doing unlawful things and only you get punished, then no one will get punished if you appeal.

Bravo VA, you just made your lack of accountability scheme totally bulletproof. DOJ will never bring charges against senior Federal employees and the agency will be unable to discipline so long as at least one similarly ranked party tot eh scam goes unpunished.

#BoycottVA

Souce: http://www.wsbradio.com/ap/ap/top-news/judge-overturns-demotion-of-va-official-accused-in/nqG3W/

Edward J. Blassingame Sr
Edward J. Blassingame Sr

I think that it is now obvious that DOJ or anyone else will do anything about the criminals at the VA we as veterans should all push for private health care and be done with it. I can’t even get certain medication in a timely manner any more. We can’t tar and feather them because I believe in due process like other law abiding citizens so this is slaps in the face over and over again.

frank

I always knew Bernie Madoff had relatives working for the government

namnibor
The next pictures of this Graves and Rubens’ tag-team-of-deception saga I wish to see next on this blog are MUGSHOTS of incarceration. Following that, next pictures in this saga showing Graves/Rubens cleaning toilets in their assigned prison using the very cotton rag fiber dollar bills from their ill-gained landfall of ca$h. ^ Yep, as ridiculous as the reality of this scheme they and the VA pulled-off, right?! I am still waiting for all the blank spaces of info to be… Read more »
crazy elf
crazy elf
I wonder, did Graves and Rubens know their criminal activities would be “reversed”? Why else would they “laugh” at the charges brought against them? Did they know, at the onset, these charges would be dismissed? We, here on this site, had more than “just a suspicion” that they would be found NOT GUILTY on everything! And that’s exactly what happened! There is so damn much corruption in our government, it’s pathetic! When will the American Public wake up and DEMAND… Read more »
namnibor
“All the world is a stage”, and the VA may very-well do these type of things to instill even more intimidation to Veterans like many here and on other sites/blogs, using almost ‘PsyOps’ towards all that are demanding accountability. I just cannot think of any other reason why the VAOIG would first spend the time/resources investigating, then their outright TREASON and REFUSAL to appear before Congressional Committee, then to be made to appear and Plead The 5th and laugh about… Read more »
namnibor
Meanwhile, I have a Veteran buddy that’s working very part time in a basement at a VAMC through a social work agency for Homeless Vets, and the VA is paying to send him to attend comprehensive classes on…wait for it….something called “Ethical Hacking”. Isn’t that just like the VA. Keep a Vet a pebble toss away from homelessness by not hiring them, keeping them at minimum wage and less than part time, BUT sensing him to learn to “Ethically Hack”…WTF?… Read more »
crazy elf
crazy elf

@namnibor
What is “ethical hacking”?
Never heard og that.

namnibor

@crazyelf-

I had never heard of this either. No longer really fully “trusting” this Veteran friend of mine because apparently the VA’s IT staff or some other department that does this kind of thing.
“Ethical Hacking” sounds like the ideal oxymoronic word.

Hondo
Hondo
In a perfect world all of the Nationally Chartered veterans organizations would send out one of their infamous surveys to their millions of members asking for a vote of no confidence of the Secretary of VA submitting it to the POTUS. Unfortunately for those millions of members, this isn’t a perfect world, these organizations are a bought and paid for by VA, and shit like this will continue to happen……………. The message from VA,, congress, POTUS and the media, be… Read more »
Anthony Silveria
Anthony Silveria
Mr. Krause, I believe the VA is in what we call a National State of Emergency. The criminals from the top to the bottom have committed perjury, theft of over half a million dollars, ignored Congressional requests, hidden claims, destroyed claims, wrongfully denied Veterans benefits, allow a hidden wait list to allow Veterans to die, and now the two big criminals are being protected by the VA, the agency that found them guilty of grievous crimes, not petty crimes, full… Read more »
namnibor
Well said. I have stated this before: I think the VA should serve as a transition from Active Duty Military *enlisted* to Civilian Life to the VA and all those ex-military’s (now Veterans) training in various fields, from all medical to administrative could be handled efficiently because of the integrity instilled from Active Duty. Have some form of UCMJ system as well. Send all the former VA SES Upper Management to work in the Prison System where they would fit… Read more »
Ralph
Ralph

This problem rests with the Congress and Senate Veteran Affairs Committes who fail miserably at overhauling a broken wheel .

Barry
Barry
These people are criminals plain and simple. They are now above the law, some laws anyways. Meanwhile vets suffer. We as vets are in a contractual agreement with the federal government. We serve our country and get a dd214 and then the remainder of the contract is fullfilled by the federal government in the form of va benefits. In contract law no one party could possibly get away with this many contractual violations without court intervention by being sued. But… Read more »
91Veteran
91Veteran
Exactly as I thought. Someone above those two had to sign off on this, and if the two thieves were going down, then they would spill dirt on who approved their scheme. Unfortunately, the VA decided to just look incompetent in not holding anyone accountable. This should have been a slam dunk for the VA, yet they screwed it up any way possible. This makes me think, if they can’t handle something this simple and clear cut, how can they… Read more »
Don Karg
Don Karg

02/02/2016

Dear Benjamin Krause,

What power has been lost at the Judicial Branch of Government?

Kimberly Graves, director of VBA’s St. Paul regional office,

Republican Missouri Rep. Sam Graves

And you wonder?

Sincerely,

Don Karg

James
The VA is not doing anyone any good by rewarding people who break the rules or laws. It a great motivational tool for our young adults.to learn it’s ok to do wrong.join us and you will be set for life as long as your corrupt and know how to keep your mouth shut. If you intend to to speak up about what you see is wrong don’t apply or we will fire you or make your life a living hell.… Read more »
Stephen LeMaster
Well, we all knew when the first demotion was overturned that the second was inevitable, didn’t we? Here’s an idea. Rather than leaving the this in the hands of the VA, why didn’t the DOJ just do its freaking job? When you have corrupt bureaucrats making decisions for a corrupt agency about other corrupt bureaucrats, what are the chances you will get a decision that’s anything but corrupt? I guess it’s a good thing for these women that the Justice… Read more »
namnibor

Obama has had his DOJ actively involved in the whole ‘black lives matter’ thing and investigating police doing their jobs and wherever else Sharpton and Helms want policed, never mind other corrupt agencies. This DOJ is incredibly lazy under this POTUS.

VETERAN LIVES MATTER, DAMMIT!

91Veteran
91Veteran
Actually the DOJ likely looked at this and decided there was not enough there to prosecute. They might be able to make a case for abuse or waste after forcing out those 2 directors, but they chose to punt it back to the VA. If you look at this huge mess, and the millions this has cost the VA, every single VA manager or employee involved in this should be fired. Rubens and Graves force those 2 out, then put… Read more »
Doublespeak Ted

Two Blonde porn actors, win again. They’re in that “special club” and rest of us are not. Time to get another drink, to take my VA approve meds..

Gordon Bergelson (@busbzusa)

The VA is a huge Ponzi Scheme promising extraordinary benefits, services and “Rights” to veterans, paid for by the taxpayer but benefiting VA employees.

Kirk R
Kirk R
These two and others at the VA are responsible for a large number of Veterans suffering, and a large number of Veterans dying, while showing very little respect for the laws and rules protecting Veterans. Diana Rubens and Kim Graves, I sure would not want to be either of them. Nor would I want to be connected to them in any way shape or form. It’s like the VA just hung big targets around their necks and are going to… Read more »
James

They won’t be killed.but I’m hoping if and when they abuse their authority again The employees will blow the whistle.each and every time.

They can’t win every time.employees will win if they don’t cave in.

DrBLK
DrBLK
This is wrong on so many different levels… The known acts of self-dealing and self-enrichment perpetrated by Ms. Graves, Ms. Rubens, and a host of other officials that are detailed within the 61-page decision of the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) leaves one wondering how in the hell can a simple process as holding three senior administrators accountable for their actions be so FUBAR’ed? The essential ethical conduct and related responsibilities expected from the officers, employees, agents, and staff of… Read more »
namnibor
Sloan Gibson actually asked or stated to Committee that he wanted the VA to be able to “redefine” what ‘accountability is for the VA’, which also boggles the mind because how can any person or agency redefine something they know absolutely nothing about in-practice?! This is maddening. Meanwhile, the VA will be sure to give the stern warnings of prosecution if you are claiming as much as a dollar more in travel pay as a Veteran. The VA has totally… Read more »
Hondo
Hondo

The VA burns and “Sloan Gibson plays on the violin” I like that, good one on you NAM’……………..

leslie
leslie
Bob McD is now busy on a tour explaining in sequence 1) all the great medical inventions that were actually invented at the VA over the years and this is why we need the VA to exist. To bring out the usefulness of the dept in contributing so much for all of us. 2)That he doesn’t need this job because he is loaded with many, many millions from his 33 years at P&G. That he ran P&G as it’s CEO… Read more »
James
If Bob McDonald does not need the money.he should be kicking ass and taking names and firing people. He must want to get into Washington.why he’s not a leader.he a yes man. If he cared about the veterans.he would put a halt to the illegal disruptive committee and remove all veterans flags.not doing so makes him an accomplice. His office is aware of the problem.but lie to veterans and ignore those falsely accused.he is not running his office.others are and… Read more »
Merri Busch
Merri Busch
It breaks my heart to see the agency I work for be in such a state. Fourteen years ago, I brought my education and 15 years of experience as a vocational rehabilitation counselor to a job that promised me a noble mission. I get to help service connected disabled veterans put their lives back together and become self reliant. The mission still stands and I love doing my job, every day for the vets I serve. The VA system has… Read more »
Merri Busch
Merri Busch

Mid level, not midlife.

Dennis
I was blacklisted from VHA care for going to reporters were the a horrific story that took two back to back Sunday editions, Section E, to print the story. It named two people in particular for committing serial violations of civil rights, criminal coercion, multiple violations of HIPAA, and blatant overt retaliation for having obtained a restraining order which ordered a VHA employee to cease all contact or further attempts to interrupt my health care. After the article printed, VHA… Read more »
James
This is America.but not all are Americans.they may have been born here white.black Brown does not matter.many forget they owe their freedom to the very people their hurting and it don’t seem to bother them. The American citizens must serve at least two years And then they will change their tune.once it’s actually their dad.brother.mother ect or them that is seeking help. I think veterans would rather have quality of life.than having to live with what ever they have to… Read more »
James
If the VA would have stopped all bonues and spent that money on the system you would not be having such a hard time. What is time enough for Bob McDonald.he keeps changing his numbers on how many employees he’s fired and he’s letting go temporary employees.many are veterans. He ignores veterans when they write or call.his employees are running the show.I’ll bet he does not know about most of the complaints or tells his staff just deal with it.do… Read more »
Suzan Rhodes
Suzan Rhodes
I try to keep up,stay informed and stay involved. Right now I feel I must spend less energy and emotion on the filth at the VA Admin offices. When I continue to read of the criminal activity at the VA while I await a second appeal for aid and attendence creep through the system because i quit my job to care for my husband, I am beyond sicked, My husband is now on hospice care at home dying from the… Read more »
Warhorse
Warhorse

Speaking for my Desert Storm brothers and sisters who are also poisoned, we love you and your Marine.

Suzan Rhodes
Suzan Rhodes

Thank you, my heart and prayers are with those who have served after Vietnam. And yes you were indeed poisoned and getting the same b.s. .
God keep you

James

May I ask why you wrote After Vietnam

Suzan Rhodes
Suzan Rhodes

James, sorry if I did not make meaning clearer. I was acknowledging that after Vietnam others that served were also poisoned. Please forgive my nth pointing this out. I’m get pretty foggy in the brain after being up 12 or more hours. Hope this helps and thank you for pointing this out to me.

Kindest regards

James

I figured you meant something else, were all in the same boat. have a great day.

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