Veterans Affairs Doles Out Huge Bonuses Despite Corruption

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Despite unsuccessful attempts to root out corruption, Veterans Affairs dished out $177 million in bonuses while lingering deficits persist.

Despite shuffling and these lingering problems, VA paid out businesses to 20 percent more employees. Average employees earned a mere $900 in bonuses on average while VA senior executives earned around $10,000.

On Wall Street, these bonuses would be laughable. But VA is not Wall Street. Instead, it is a beleaguered agency with persistent criminal actors harming veterans on a regular basis. While I am sure some employees should get a bonus, I am sure some did not.

Examples Of Lesser Deserved Bonuses

The following three jokers no doubt did not earn bonus amounts taxpayers would not have approved. According to USA Today, more disappointing bonus allocations went to the following bad actors:

  • “Dr. Darren Deering, who was fired as chief of staff of the Phoenix VA Health Care System in June 2016 for what the VA said was “negligent performance of duties and failure to provide effective oversight.” Deering was paid a $5,000 bonus in February 2016.
  • “Jack Hetrick, formerly the top Veterans Affairs official in Ohio, who retired after receiving a notice of pending removal in February 2016. He had received a $12,705 bonus on Jan. 10. An investigation by a Cincinnati TV station gathered evidence that Barbara Temeck, acting chief of staff at the Cincinnati VA Medical Center, was prescribing medication to Hetrick’s wife without a proper license. Also, employees claimed to the TV station that cost-cutting measures hurt quality of care. Hetrick was suspended during the probe of oversight of the Cincinnati VA. The VA said its review did not substantiate impropriety related to quality of care. It did find misconduct in Temeck providing prescriptions and other medical care to members of Hetrick’s family. Temeck was paid a $5,000 bonus in January 2016
  • “Stella S. Fiotes has been executive director of VA’s Office of Construction and Facilities Management since January 2013. She is responsible for planning, design and construction of major construction projects – those more than $10 million. This includes the replacement VA facility in Denver that was hundreds of millions of dollars over budget. In September, a bipartisan group of lawmakers asked the Justice Department to investigate whether Fiotes and other VA executives lied to conceal the massive cost overruns. She received a bonus of $9,120 in January 2016. She received a bonus of $8,985 in January 2015.”

You probably recall that VA’s construction program is a complete mess. The Aurora VA construction project is considerably behind schedule and three times the amount VA pitched Congress. Dr. Deering was linked to the massive wait list fraud in Phoenix. The Cincinnati VA mess is also a point of concern.

So who decided these executives deserved bonuses?

Source: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2016/10/28/more-bonuses-va-employees-despite-ongoing-problems-agency/92837218/

mary

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SEymore Klearly
SEymore Klearly
“So who decided these executives deserved bonuses?” J Thomas Burch’s granddaughter sheds a little light on that subject. Her LinkedIn account states that while she was working with Granddad at the Office of the General Counsel, HS&O as an Intern, for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs one of her responsibilities was and I quote: “Assisted in the documenting and distribution of performance awards”. While she was employed there June 2014 – March 2015 (10 months). While she was employed… Read more »
Seymore Klearly
Seymore Klearly

Note that although she did update her LinkedIn account she still states that she “Assisted in the documenting and distribution of performance awards”

Seymore Klearly
Seymore Klearly

Whether they were pulling a Hillary and the size of the bonus is some how also connected to the size of VA personals donation to one of the foundations is not known at this time.

Seymore Klearly
Seymore Klearly
Although it is not know if there is a bonus to donation connection. Her LinkedIn page shows employment with a VA contractor just prior to her start at the VA with granddad was at Astrophysics Inc Between March 2014 – June 2014 (4 months) while the VA was negotiating a large contract with Astrophysics. On her page she also states while working at Astrophysics she, and I quote, “Organized luncheon for 15 visiting competitors”. A search of Government contracts issued… Read more »
Seymore Klearly
Seymore Klearly

To verify the above regarding price fixing and bid rigging.

“https://app.oneteam.net/Profile/astrophysics-inc-3LCA5#award_details”

Seymore Klearly
Seymore Klearly

Additionally although Astrophysics Inc is what would be considered a large company they have numerous contracts claiming they meet the requirements for small business set aside contracts.

If you follow the link below and go to the top of the page then click on video labeled search it makes it clear. For large companies looking to find companies that they can partner with to defeat set asides such as Veteran Owned business, of Small business set asides.

“https://app.oneteam.net/Profile/astrophysics-inc-3LCA5#details”

Kat
Kat
Bonuses still going into the pockets of Union workers, now allowing pharmacists to take the place of doctors. These problems are not going to end, only going to get worse. Time to shut the VA completely down, put all these idiots out of a job. Privatize the whole system and allow veterans to seek outside care. As long as the money is thrown to these greedy VA employees who takes it for bonuses, they will demand more until there is… Read more »
T
T
Going the way of civilian care is no better, at least NOT in Indiana or West Central Indiana it isn’t. I am told it’s state wide due law enforcement rules and new rules under “The Bitter Pill Act” that prevents us from getting any form of pain med, period. We are told constantly to use drugs like NSAIDs that I have already been told years back helped give me liver issues and to never take them or like Tylenol ever… Read more »
James Gallegos
Thanks for your comments. Welcome to the club. One more testimonial on why the VA is harming veterans. Keep us informed. Especially after Trump becomes president. VA’s day of looking a gift horse in the mouth will change. It’s not the veterans that are hurting the VA employees. Its the employees hurting each other and the veterans. This coming year. Many will be reminded they are not God’s and that will be meet with resistance or disagreement. All I have… Read more »
Paula
Paula

Next can we privatize the Benefits Dept.? Such corruption all through the VA.

James Gallegos
Yes they can shut everything down and start over But they will have to hire people that have not worked for the VA as management. Those that are veterans. Must start over and be looked at closely to ensure they are not part of the problem. Strong regulatory law’s and policymaking to insure they are able to fire any employees caught breaking them Not only be fired. But could face charges and must face our judicial system. The VA can… Read more »
Don Karg
Don Karg
10/30/2016 Dear Benjamin Krause, Paying off the enemy—did you expect anything different. Enough is enough was said back in 1988 as “the onion” was peeled back but it took Congress to see the problem in 1998 [The treason: found in the 900 pages of the Cox Report]. There are over 500 dead veterans [a Judge and a Reporter had called the 293 dead veterans “homicides”] at the Phoenix VA and no one is sounding the alarm bells? A Few more… Read more »
J
I used to call this “The Corporate Barry Bonds Syndrome”. The corporate world would hire some up and coming CEO some ridiculously high salary with bonus paid in corporate stock. Bob Welch of GE is a good example or this and he took GE to all new corporate heights. I guess it followed that all the other corporations sought to hire high performing CEOs to take them to Bob Welch heights. This was not realistic or wise. Most company CEOs… Read more »
J

The VA seems to suffer the Barry Bonds Syndrome with it’s sense of corporate entitlement without producing for the employees, the veterans, the union, or anyone but VA Executives and their government contractors.

namnibor
namnibor
Like any large business, no doubt some VA Employees are surely deserving of some kind of bonus but as it stands, this is nothing but a year-long VA ‘Trick or Treat’, and most of the time it’s the ‘Trick’ part rather than properly ‘Treating’ Veterans they are supposedly there to serve. ALL BONUSES should be suspended indefinitely at the VA at ALL LEVELS until the VA is rebuilt and cleaned-up, period. Last year the VA was supposedly not to give-out… Read more »
91Veteran
91Veteran
This bonus crap is every bit as fraudulent as was the wait list bonus fraud. If Congress were serious about this, they would be demanding a review of every bonus paid out, how that persons work performance was rated, and whether that person has even a hint of adverse action during the period their work is rated for. They should start with the 3 listed. There is no way in hell a person that is about to be fired has… Read more »
Seymore Klearly
Seymore Klearly

Definitely agree with you 91Veteran. There is something other than job performance involved with determining bonuses at the VA.

James
Just goes to show, Its Automatic ! VA Management deserve 0 nothing, They were told to stop and they snub their nose at the American people and Veterans. Bonus, for what not doing their job. No one in the Government should get a Bonus at this time, Just adds on to the Bills our kids will have to pay back. Our Elected officials are out to lunch or just don’t give a damb about anyone but themselves, Hope Trump sends… Read more »
Crazy elf
Crazy elf
You are correct, namnibor. For TWO years, 2014 & 2015, VA was not supposed to “dole out any bonuses!” VA was not allowed to give bonuses this year, as well. Why? Because, from my understanding, Congress was under a “sequestration”! This only does one thing. It shows the American Public VA is an agency which thumbs it’s nose “for the rule of law!” Until the bad VA employees, from top to bottom, are weeded out and held accountable for their… Read more »
namnibor
namnibor

Mine as well. However, my tank of ‘Hope’ is on ‘E’ these days.

I have never ONCE heard where the Budget Sequestration was selectively suspended, nor do I recall any bonuses having to paid back…hell, they even are “parting gifts” as the VA quickly ‘retires’ some creep.

Lots of scary Larry Craigs on the V.A. Haunted Ship. Esp. the VA Psych. Dept. & Candyman will be giving-out the ‘Tomah Treats’ tonight in the annual Haunted, Hungry, Hungry Hippos festivities. 🙂

T
T
It was 2014 and the sequestration that was creating internal havoc around here. That is the year when unions were calling in work creating the severe staff shortages they all thought was funny, and the temp workers glad they did because of needing the extra money at the time. Union against admin, then blaming the Feds, but then all coming together in the conninving, scheming, corruption, and cover-ups. I will miss all that coffee shop and smoking area gossip and… Read more »
T
T

If paying attention, awareness, one could tell when it was union contract time, spending events in Congress negative for those in cahoots with the VA, contractors, etc., or something else going on. It sure wasn’t in there lame newsletter with all the smiling faces and facade.

NiteWish
NiteWish
Crazy Elf Stolen one vote for Trump. Friday Oct 28, finally raining really hard in CA & some dude in a black car stole out of my mail box, the vote by mail ballot. Made a police report, Post Office report, reported to Republican Party, nothing that can be done because nobody I spoke too even knew what to do about stolen mail in votes. That dude had to have known what that blue envelope was & he took it… Read more »
Crazy elf
Crazy elf
NiteWish, You ain’t the only Republican who’ve had “voter fraud” committed against them. In Illinois, a representative, who was running for office, was in the voting booth, when his vote, for himself, was switched to his Democratic Opponents name. As he continued, ALL his Republican votes were switched, right before his very eyes. In Indiana, 9 counties are under investigation for voter fraud committed by the Democrats. 2 out of the 9, have already had Democrats arrested. In Texas, same… Read more »
Crazy elf
Crazy elf

NiteWish,
Contact your local police or even the State Police. Make a complaint out over “Voter Suppression” and “Mail Fraud”!
I believe that is the term one uses. It’s definitely a federal crime to remove mail, from someone’s mail box, without permission. So, contact the post office on mail fraud.
Then contact your district voter registration to make a complaint.
Also, ask if you can redo your vote?

Keep them guessing on who your voting for.

NiteWish
NiteWish

I contacted the Elections Office who mailed a new ballot out Nov 2 & canceled the stolen one.

vet on the waitlist
vet on the waitlist

Crazy Elf
The easiest fix to the corrupt VA health care system is just one mandate away. Just one mandate that forces our elected politicians and their families to use the va health care system. It could be described as the “look ma, no hands”, easiest trick ever. they would have it fixed in a matter of months.

Dennis
Dennis
Ben, I have a very different view than what you expressed in your article. You mentioned that you are sure that some employees deserve a bonus. I worked a hard life on farm, in the Marine Corps, National Guard, lumber mill, cutting firewood and a few other jobs involving moving feces around. I am sure of one thing is every single job I performed that I have EVER held; if I manage to show up to work and get the… Read more »
namnibor
namnibor
An even larger hypocrisy is the probably looming fact that Veterans and Military will again receive none or very little Cost Of Living Adjustment (COLA), and even when and if Veterans and Military get a COLA under this President, it in no ways amounts to a fraction of what the lowest paid bonuses to VA employees. Last couple of year’s Social Security COLA was effectively a whopping $8. extra per month X 12 Months=$96. for entire YEAR. Whereas a badly… Read more »
Crazy elf
Crazy elf
namnibor, That’s the problem. VA doesn’t think! Let alone, think rationally! IF, and I do mean, “IF”, VA were ever to follow the ‘Rule of Law’, it would sink faster than ” HMS TITANIC!” Then, all the idiots in charge, would actually have to work for a living. Can you imagine these SES’ers actually doing a “manual labor job”? I believe most would have to start out at minimum wage. I don’t believe any of them could stand the possibility… Read more »
namnibor
namnibor
For Halloween, the lyrics of ‘I Put A Spell On You’ by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins: (more than likely being conjured-up in Philly VAMC all around a whirlpool bath with Veterans stewing in it…Halloween, VA Style) “I put a spell on you because you’re mine You better stop the things that you do I ain’t lyin’, no, I ain’t lyin’ I just can’t stand it babe The way you’re always runnin’ ’round I just can’t stand it, the way you always… Read more »
Crazy elf
Crazy elf
Seymore, Here’s something. First, from: “Liberty Writers” “It’s Over: Huma Abedin’s Just Flipped! What She Did Minutes Ago Has Hillary In Tears” Oct. 30, 2016 (04:15 minutes) Secondly, How did the FBI acquire a “Search Warrant” for that laptop? A ‘Federal Judge’ had to sign it. This shows me something is very serious within those 650,000 emails. This also suggests a possible uprising between the FBI and the DOJ. Lynch has already stated she wouldn’t charge Hillary or her cohorts… Read more »
Crazy elf
Crazy elf
I just viewed a Utube video from Fox News this morning. It was that Federal Judge out of New York City who signed the FBI’s search warrant. If I remember correctly, it is the same judge who is part and parcel of the investigation over the foundation (alleged criminal activities). He’s also the judge involved in the Weiner case. ———————- We all know the DNC, and all of the Clinton Cabal, are accusing Putin’s Russia of hacking. Plus, accusing the… Read more »
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AMEN BRO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Seymore Klearly
Seymore Klearly

Elf,

Just want to point out that the NSA has known all along where the Missing Apple Computer was. Did someone at the NSA tell the agents who were investigating the Clinton Foundation where it was? Or did those agents use a National Security Letter to access Huma’s account to find out?

Crazy elf
Crazy elf

Seymore
Wasn’t it the NSA who reportedly was (the agency) responsible for the ‘hacking’, as was told numerous times by many individuals!?
Could it be, the NSA, in secret, be complicit in helping the FBI to burn HRC and others involved?
Could it be. the NSA had to wait, as did the FBI, for Comey to become aware and then amend his Congressional Statement, over closing the investigation, before anything could be done?!

Ahhh, Questions, Questions, Questions!!!

91Veteran
91Veteran
Could it be that Comey was forced to acknowledge even if he found video of Hillary stomping puppies and eating kittens, that his investigation and any recommendation to charge would go nowhere? Why would there be no grand jury involved in this? Or other agents not pursuing leads? As if they knew this wouldn’t go anywhere? So Comey does his press conference, laying out what could have been referrals for charges, knowing full well the Clinton Crime Foundation was still… Read more »
James
signs all over VA about Travel Fraud and they will take action against a veterans faster that you can shake a stick. They went After Veterans who got a Bonus to go fight for America, Once word got out someone came in a put a stop to that. So, someone needs to get the word out to the public and expose these criminals and make them return those monies, even if they have to sell their caddy or sell a… Read more »
91Veteran
91Veteran
The VA is clearly giving a giant middle finger to veterans, the taxpayers and Congress with these bonuses. I’m curious though, I thought Congress passed legislation barring any bonus for VA executives. Clearly nothing has changed, and nothing will change until Congress gets serious with their oversight. What is shocking about this is that in 2014, according to another USA Today article, the VA paid out $142 million in bonuses. This article says they paid out $177 million in bonuses.… Read more »
James

AGREE, 100% Get that money back and fine them, Jail is better. And no pension while their in Jail.

91Veteran
91Veteran

Forget to subscribe again.

namnibor
namnibor
Have all you seen that ex Attorney Gen. Holder put out a statement defending AG Lynch? Holder and Lynch will go down as the worst AG’s the USA has ever had. Remember Holder helped fan the flames of Ferguson and more. Also, in Holder’s city of Chicago just this weekend alone there were 17 homicides and close to 50 people critically shot-up…Holder, Obama & Mayor of Chicago are culpable for doing nothing. Also Off Topic: Went to grocery store and… Read more »
namnibor
namnibor

Here’s that link, it was almost buried already.

“”http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/opinion/eric-holder-james-comey-is-a-good-man-but-he-made-a-serious-mistake/ar-AAjCU3t?ocid=AARDHP””

Crazy elf
Crazy elf

I agree 100% namnibor.
Can you imagine what our National Debt will be after 4 years, or possibly 8 years, of Shillery?
Obama doubled our debt to $20+ TRILLION. Our “International Debt”, monies we’ve borrowed from other countries, is over $200 or $300 TRILLION.
The United States of America can’t take this debt any longer. We’re about to go bankrupt, and Congress isn’t doing anything to stop it.
All they do is SPEND!

Seymore Klearly
Seymore Klearly

Remember all of those fines instead of criminal investigation while Holder was the AG. All during Lynch’s term they have been appealed and reduced to pennies on the dollar. Such corruption.

Seymore Klearly
Seymore Klearly

Hey Elf & Namnibor

I see the CNN Clinton New Network has fired Donna Brazile.

Seymore Klearly
Seymore Klearly
Hey Namnibor, Since we now have bomb sniffing elephants. The EU have stepped it up a bit and developed bomb sniffing Plants. Haven’t read a lot about them yet but would suspect that tilling the mine fields to plant the bomb sniffing spinach might be a bit of a draw back. Although Air dropping them in to support the moderate rebels might be beneficial if we can get them to go out into the fields and plant the seeds. “‘Bionic’… Read more »
Slade Fuqua
Slade Fuqua
Until this worthless congress gets off its impotent ass…nothing will change. They need to be into the VA like they are into Hillary’s shit. They have money for bonuses, moving expenses, now covered garages with solar panels on top. Solar City involved with Elan Musk who also maanges Space X another government waste program. Don’t let me get started on the heliport and parking gates/guard shacks… ment to keep the employees and student/trainees who have so much compassion for veterans… Read more »
Crazy elf
Crazy elf
Seymore, namnibor, 91Veteran and all. Donna Brazile resigned. Here’s the articles; “Breaking: DNC Chair Just Resigned Her Position As CNN Contributor After…” from: “Next News Network” Published 31 Oct. 2016 “[Donna] Brazile Resigns from CNN after leaking debate questions to Hillary!” CNN knew about this two weeks ago. What can one expect from “The [C]linton [N]ews [N]etwork!” They deserve to be heavily fined for doing this crap! Here’s some other articles y’all might like. “Breaking: Hillary “OUTED FOR SOMETHING SICK”… Read more »
Crazy elf
Crazy elf

There’s more to the reason behind why everyone in the Obama Administration was using “Private Email Servers!”
A new Wikileaks release today, 31 Oct. 2016, says the “Reason” was to disallow anyone “…from receiving ‘FOIA requests!”
Does this sound like why the VA won’t comply with many requests?
Is this why VA can’t reply to FOIA’s?

!Corruption at its finest!

Jo3n
There is nothing new going on here. Back in the 60s when Kennedy was killed, we never heard a word. Only the bullshit that some guy no one had ever heard of, sitting on some grassy hill shot the president. Everyone knew something was wrong . The political machine that runs things today ran things then . Nothing is changed for a long time, we’re just seeing more of it . My question is how come I keep voting for… Read more »
namnibor
namnibor
Just saw on National News that Senator McCain made a spectacle about not voting early for ANY Presidential Candidate, and instead made a point to tell everyone McCain just voted for HIMSELF for President. Textbook example and wiki photo example of a dinosaur politician that NEEDS TO RETIRE already!! Hoping McCain voting for himself is one of very few Veterans supporting Senator McCain in Arizona because he sure has done NOTHING to help the Phoenix VAMC situation…but he sure will… Read more »
Dina Padilla
Bonuses are kaiser were for management to keep patients form receiving care. The kaiser facilities were filthy. and filthy with MRSA among mold, asbestos and other toxins and filth Filthy in every way possible for a “hospital or clinic” An employee was murdered on the job with a broken neck and a plastic bag tied over his head and the FBI help conclude it was a suicide and CAL-OSHA helped cover it up too. Every law in the book has… Read more »
James Alto
How about the promises made to veterans? I am sick & tired of what they get away with when we did extra duty for zero extra pay! Not to mention the fact I worked as movie projectionist at night & was supposed to get paid I believe $3 for each reel I showed each night, but because of my NCOS officer didn’t submit the paperwork properly I was out of over $3,000 for all of the extra work I did.… Read more »
Donald York
Donald York

These VA employees get paid a pretty good wage in my view. Why are the taxpayers on the hook for bonus’s in the first place?
The AFGE needs to be out of the government. The unions will be the biggest problem for the Trump/Pence administration!

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