FBI, OIG Quietly Release 70+ VA Wait Time Scandal Reports

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VA Wait Time Reports

Last week, the MSM (main stream media) failed to report on VA OIG’s quiet release of over 70 wait time reports of investigations into VA wait time fraud.

Everyone seems too fixated on President-Elect Donald Trump’s cabinet selections to take note of the pesky VA wait time scandal that resulted in many dead veterans due to VA employee fraud.

I ran a quick Google News search for the past week, which revealed no hits. Maybe you can find more?

For better or for worse, I was paying attention to my email feeds and am reporting that release here so you all can start digging for any gems.

Take note that the method of using a summary page for massive releases is difficult to locate from the main VA OIG website home page. Tricky to find on accident or is there more to this trend of mass data dumps you cannot easily find on the home page or search for?

States with the most reports were Texas (12), Florida (12), California (5), Tennessee (5), Colorado (3), Minnesota (3), New York (3) and Washington (3).

RESEARCH: OIG Wait List Investigation Reports By State

Data Dump Trend

Some of you may recall that two weeks ago, I published something similar when VA OIG released a trove of previously unpublished reports late on a Friday.

Few in the MSM seemed to notice that, either.

RELATED: VA OIG Dumps Treasure Trove Of Reports Friday Afternoon

Wait List Summary From VA OIG

Here is what VA OIG had to say about this most recent dump of reports:

The Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Inspector General (OIG), conducted extensive work related to allegations of wait time manipulation after the allegations at the Phoenix VA Health Care System in April 2014. Since that event and through fiscal year 2015, we have received numerous allegations related to wait time manipulation at VA facilities nationwide from veterans, VA employees, and Members of Congress that were investigated by OIG criminal investigators.

As stated at recent Congressional hearings, at this time the OIG has completed more than 70 criminal investigations related to wait time and provided information to VA’s Office of Accountability Review for appropriate action. It has always been our intention to release information regarding the findings of these investigations at a time when doing so would not impede any planned prosecutive or administrative action. OIG will begin a rolling publication of these administrative summaries of investigation by state so that veterans and Congress have a complete picture of the work completed in their state. As other reviews are completed, we intend to post them to this webpage.

You may view and download these administrative summaries of investigation by selecting the appropriate state below to reveal the investigations now complete in each respective state.

Start Your Own Criminal Investigation

Definetly do not stop your own crusade into justice just because OIG decided to publish their findings. It’s time to dig in for ourselves.

Please report back what you find if anything. I am curious to learn just how far the whitewash of the scandal went, especially under the new IG.

Be sure to include direct citations with page number and location so we can dig deeper later.

Source: https://www.va.gov/oig/publications/administrative-summaries-of-investigation.asp

namnibor
namnibor
“[…It has always been our intention to release information regarding the findings of these investigations at a time when doing so would not impede any planned prosecutive or administrative action…]” That was VAOIG circle jerk talk for, “We always planned to release information at a time when doing so would not be noticed nor easily found”– Goobygook VAOIG Translation into plain truth of they by design thought this would fly way under the radar. My guess is they did this… Read more »
namnibor
namnibor
I only see 36 States on the OIG report and something tells me those omitted 14 States were by design. Why? Namely, I know what a mess the Indianapolis VAMC is by a few Vet friend’s firsthand experiences and it’s blatant omission makes me want to did further. Ohio is a large State and a lot of Vetsand it’s also not on the list. The VAOIG is playing Santa Clause, checking their lists twice to make sure they hide all… Read more »
CorpsmanUp!
CorpsmanUp!
Delaware is not on the list. The OIG, who falsley made a referral to DOJ in Delaware based on false allegations in which a special agent went in my veteran record illegally by using the CAPRI system, thinking that I was receiving VA benefits got a surprise when I called their ass out on it. A social worker documented the contact with the agent , including his name, phone number and the nature of his query. Senator Carper, Coons and… Read more »
Crazy elf
Crazy elf

Damn, namnibor, you beat me to it on the DOJ. They only serve that ‘Knuckelheaded’ in charge right now.

Of course, come 21 Jan I do believe things will hopefully change.

91Veteran
91Veteran

I would like nothing more at this point than to see every upper manager from director on up put on notice.
A complete review of bonuses given for the past 5 years will be reviewed, and any instances, no matter how small, of fraud being uncovered, and the perps will be prosecuted.

Watch how many of these snakes self-deport right into retirement.

namnibor
namnibor

Right, and make sure to make it look just like the plethora of warning signs holding any given VAMC up like paint on walls, that warn Vets any amount of Travel Pay Fraud will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law and then some!

“Oh, the irony of it all”–Bugs Bunny 🙂

NiteWish
NiteWish
b.s. Palo Alto unless I am one of those 5. I phoned on 9/21/2015 @ 11:16 am to make an appt. was TXFR to ?? whereas I was told I have NO doctor available & was put on the wait list till the vacancy is filled & that I will receive a new appt card [that never came] the call ended @ 11:47am. When I finally got an appt it was 1/11/2016. Go back & listen to the phone recordings… Read more »
NiteWish
NiteWish

*That appt date is not right. I was finally seen by the new doctor on April 15, 2016. January 11 is the day I emailed the doc & requested my pain medication be refilled which I received Tylenol#3 on Feb 16, 2016. In April she just cut me off. Sometimes I keep good notes.

James Gallegos
I’m on choice program and not being seen by the VA. The choice program called me. Stating the VA state’s you want to be seen for pain management for your back I told choice I never requested any such thing. Was told by choice you did not request to be seen ? No Ok we will tell the VA. What’s up with this pain management. I suffer from migraines and the VA sent me asprin. Are they trying to stop… Read more »
Lem
Lem

Some but not all migraines can be controlled by pain management (bio feedback) better than pain pills. Yours, secondary to TBI may be not in that realm but it is worth a try. You should see how good the service is. At least, hopefully, they’ll get you on the right medication.

Dennis
Dennis
“The Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Inspector General (OIG), conducted extensive work related to allegations…” I took my brain medicine and read the first sentence carefully. The OIG only claims to have conducted work related to allegations. This could mean they made handouts to say do not do it. This could mean that they investigated the ones making the allegations. This could mean that they streamlined the process for making an allegation. The VA ALWAYS couches words to make… Read more »
91Veteran
91Veteran
Agreed. If you read the summary on Grand Junction, an allegation was made by a surgical administrative officer, whatever the hell that is, of a spreadsheet being used for appointments. The rest of the summary only focuses on that spreadsheet, which the OIG concluded was used for some “national collaborative” data effort. But it makes me wonder, if that was a spreadsheet used for some national collaborative (off the books research) effort, why didn’t this surgical administrative officer know of… Read more »
Seymore Klearly
Seymore Klearly

All the missing information is what you would hope to find in a real investigative report.

Clearly not what is being found in these sanitized propaganda versions of the reports.

91Veteran
91Veteran

Perfect description…sanitized propaganda.

Nothing more than a minimum effort to suggest they addressed the problem.

namnibor
namnibor

“Sanitized Propaganda”–that was priceless, Seymore Klearly. Now I must clean the little bit of spit coffee that’s on my laptop after I read that and am still chuckling. 🙂

Lem
Lem
What about wait time fraud and manipulation in adjudications. I’m working on my claim of 3/8/1993 and the abuses of not forwarding it as requested for a hearing in DC. Repeated efforts to handle it locally and dismiss it without a BVA hearing in DC as requested. Even after I moved to DC the Cheyenne VA maintained control of the adjudication and would not certify it to the BVA in DC. I think it had to do with an ongoing… Read more »
Lem
Lem

Also there was insufficient interaction with me by the staff to notice the absences that were recorded previously by neurobehavioral testing.

91Veteran
91Veteran

Very good comment Lem.

Thanks for providing such good detail.

Lem
Lem

I have another on Cerebral Malaria that is still in “moderation”. I didn’t have it and never claimed to have had malaria but I noticed that there were an extremely high number of cerebral malaria victims in PTSD groups in the 1980s with the same symptoms that I had. With global damage they would of course have some temporal lobe damage.

Seymore Klearly
Seymore Klearly
What year is it? Must be 1984. With this Orwellian review process, of the OIG’s office now submitting their reports to VA’s Office of Accountability Review. The VA’s Office of Accountability Reviews then creates these VA bias administrative summaries of investigation. They then claim they are doing it to be more transparent. When in fact they are being less transparent by putting another layer of censorship on information being released. Why not just release the Investigative reports as required by… Read more »
Seymore Klearly
Seymore Klearly

Guess they just don’t want to have that disinfecting daylight shining on sham investigations and any information that doesn’t look good for the VA. In other words this is total censorship and total BullSh*t.

namnibor
namnibor

“CensorShit”

namnibor
namnibor
Speaking of reports, and I know this is the Washington Post but it’s a node-deep story on how the Pentagon under Obama have buried the evidence (or tried to) of $$$125BILLION in Bureaucratic Waste in that old sad tale of Federal Agencies MUST spend every CENT of each year’s budget or be faced with a smaller budget next year. So like the VA not wanting to install a pain pump for a maggot-infested Veteran and leave him to fester for… Read more »
Crazy elf
Crazy elf
Speaking of “Draining the Swamp”! Here’s two disgusting articles out today. 1) from: “WisconsinWatchdog.org” written by: M.D.Kittle / Dec. 6, 2016 / 1 comment (so far as of 1:52 pm) titled: “Tomah VA employee: ‘We have forgotten who we work for’ ” Part 37 in 36 news articles on “The Candy Land”! Looks like the “opioid prescription epidemic” hasn’t slowed down there. I suggest y’all read this article. ————————— from: the “Horn News” “White House Tells ’embittered’ WWII vets…” to… Read more »
namnibor
namnibor

DAMN! Disdain/distain it’s all the same, as they’re all insane working for Husain. 🙂 (a little alliteration to lighten things up)

91Veteran
91Veteran

If I didn’t know it I would think you were a poet.

Ex va
Ex va
The va medical centers use the same database in philadelphia as they do in dallas to schedule appointments. All the medical centers basically operate the same in scheduling and when you read about it, these are not isolated incidents. The VAOIG hide and continue to hide when managers, doctors and other individuals manipulate scheduling to cause the waitlists. @ Dennis you are correct. The VAOIG investigates the ones who make the allegations not the individuals who are manipulating the system.… Read more »
namnibor
namnibor
@Ex va- You are correct, as I have been watching that Marion, Illinois VA Nursing/Assisted Living Home ever since they had that Legionnaire’s Disease OUTBREAK that was SO BAD the VA botched it and Vets continued to die that the CDC was called-in and then it became all HUSH….**crickets** * * * * The Wikipedia definition for “Systemic” should have the VA as a prime example poster child of an agency with out of control system problems across the board.… Read more »
Ex va
Ex va

@ namnibor- that community living center building (nursing home) is right next to the va medical center in marion, illinois.

namnibor
namnibor

Yeah, that further adds to the level of ridiculousness with this. They simply do not care.

Connie Dodson
Connie Dodson
I received a multiple page survey form: Did I have to wait 6-months? More than than, the primary VA MD at the VA Clinic, Great Falls, MD gave me the written prescription and put it in the computer. Next, I called Choice. They said there is no prescription in the computer. I called. The assistant said, there is no prescription, they don’t do that anymore. The MD called, they do and put it in the computer. The assistant disagreed, repeatedly,… Read more »
Ex va
Ex va

It truly can make a person sick that does care.

91Veteran
91Veteran
So at a glance at Colorado’s, Grand Junction report, why was this report referred to the VAs Office of Accountability Review in September 2014, the date at the top if the summary is March 2016, 18 months after the referral, and this short summary released 2 years and 3 months AFTER the investigative report was referred? The OIG was clearly sitting on these reports until they had no choice but to release them, as they are likely going out the… Read more »
Crazy elf
Crazy elf
It’s with disgusting article like this, and all the disgusting articles from decades past, to make me wonder *WHY* President Elect Trump hasn’t been able to decide *WHO* would be a correct choice for Secretary of VA! How can any one person correct decades of corruption? It’s going to be a very difficult task, to say the least. Whoever takes over, better be ready for a “war of wits!” (Or, maybe ‘half wits’, (lol)!) Whoever takes over may first have… Read more »
namnibor
namnibor
“Any ideas?” At this point it would be great to make history and just have the National Guard and Reserves move-in for a little game called clearing house. A military coo that’s out of self-interest and our very safety, no less. A good leader should arise from the chaos and to be frank, up until now of recent history, the VA Secretary is wasted $$$ because of where we are at and feel the same about most of the VA… Read more »
91Veteran
91Veteran

I am SHOCKED at the number of Trump supporters who want Scott Brown…to the point of me being attacked on Twitter for not supporting Brown.
I could care less if Brown served 35 years in the Guard as a JAG officer. Veterans do not need some limp twisted daffodil as head of the VA.

Veterans need an R. Lee Ermey type hardass that will start cleaning house the minute he walks in the door.

namnibor
namnibor

“Veterans do not need some limp twisted daffodil as head of the VA”….LOL.

Jo3n

These articles truly are disgusting . The VA , OIG , is not doing his job . How many VA OIG’s are there ? Must be a lot of them . Do you think they do this stuff for job security ? Good article Ben, and lots of good support articles . Thanks

Ex va
Ex va

VAOIG has an office for every VISN. Washington is separate.

Lem
Lem

Follow the money. Either lobbyists or a lack of control over the bonus criteria.

In the “State” Home it was just the hiring of the incompetent for less to save the greedy a little on their tax bill.

FLB
FLB

I live in Massachusetts. We all shared the Scott Brown experience. That was enough!

Ex va
Ex va
Ideas, there are plenty that could correct the va system. Many discussed in this forum. This is an absolute need……..Major clinic reform. Major dr./provider performance reforms. There are checks and balances already in place in the va system but corrrupt management get around the system. Their schemes, scams should be exposed and audited at every clinic, medical center and agency throughout this va healthcare system. The special funding programs need auditing and the abuse of funding of unspent salary dollars.… Read more »
namnibor
namnibor
That’s exactly what I have been saying for years; AUDIT, one massive audit and not by the likes of The Rand Corporation or any other PR Contracted Firm that will spit out whatever they pay for them to like a bureaucratic pezz dispenser because that’s what the Pentagon has been doing and it just had daylight shown on it’s fraud and abuse. No, I suggest hiring a group of Disabled Vets and Surviving Dependents that the VA meat grinder caused… Read more »
Lem
Lem

Another line of investigation:

Cerebral Malaria. I’ve been an activist on this since 1988. Finally NIH released a study that thoroughly debunks the Kastl study that is used to deny cerebral malaria victims compensation.

PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTING OF CEREBRAL MALARIA PATIENTS, “The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease,” vol. 147, #6, 1968 by Kastl, A.J.; Daroff, R.B.; and Blocker, W.W.
http://journals.lww.com/jonmd/Abstract/1968/12000/Psychological_Testing_of_Cerebral_Malaria_Patients.4.aspx

The “fix” from NIH: Raising the curtain on cerebral malaria’s deadly agents

https://www.nih.gov/news-events/news-releases/raising-curtain-cerebral-malarias-deadly-agents

Lem
Lem

Mr. Krause, you are free to use my article any way you wish.

Crazy elf
Crazy elf
It seems the main stream media can’t stop trashing “P/E” Trump. Now they’re hitting him over wanting to “cancel” the 2 Air Force One plane(S) deals. Which will cost taxpayers $4 BILLION! Of course, the ABC World News didn’t expound on “IF” that was ‘total cost for both’ or “IF” it’s for one! They only said the 2 AF1’s in use today are “… becoming obsolete”. By being 15 years old. They showed pictures of the planes. They look brand… Read more »
91Veteran
91Veteran
The media are all over the place on that. Some claim it’s only 1.6 billion, and others claim only 170 million for R&D, but Brad Jaffy with NBC actually found the real information showing 2.7 billion is already budgeted, and a GAO estimate of about 3.2 billion by the time they are delivered. As for Boeing, I truly don’t give a damn about whether they continue to exist. In my opinion, they are the reason why Obama pushed through the… Read more »
namnibor
namnibor

Boeing? War Profiteers!! Nothing less.

Crazy elf
Crazy elf
91Veteran, I wonder if the Boeing ‘lobbyists’ are trying to make deals with our enemies? Seems to me this would be very lucrative for a number of aircraft companies. It would also serve the globalists in their world domination efforts! In reality, only America stands in the way of the ‘illuminati’s’ global dictatorship! Of course, now Italy, Spain, England and a few more countries have decided to break from that form of dictatorship. Even Angela Merkel is doing a 180… Read more »
Erica
Erica
Where is Hot springs, SD VAMC and Ft Meade VAMC part of the Black Hills Health Care System and many of their CBOC’s as well?? The Chief of Staff here currently came from AZ an taught this seriously bad thing to and forced staff to do the illegal wait list! A Few PCP Dr told me this,one reason several left here for being forced to violate the Hippocratic oath! The so called leadership is very toxic and needs to be… Read more »
ANutterVet
Are you kidding me! Wait times and scheduling problems are only the tip of the iceberg pertaining to the ongoing and deep seated problems occurring at the VA Medical Centers. I use to work for a top fortune 20 company, and I saved this company millions of dollars. If the VA wanted to solve over 95% of the problems that are occurring at their medical facilities, all that the Administrators need to do is to have a “True Open Door… Read more »
namnibor
namnibor
The problem is there already are mechanisms in-place, it’s called The Whistleblower’s Protection Act and they still intimidate. These are a very special genetic concoction of truly deep-rooted obstinacy at the VA. Very much the way cockroaches are, you cannot just eliminate 99%, the maliciously apathetic & greedy VA employees are so entrenched they have become emboldened like cockroaches that eventually become immune to toxic chemicals. Creating yet another brand new policy to attempt to enforce what’s already on the… Read more »
ANutterVet

Right on Brother! Like I said it’s deep seated. Too much talk and too little action. Lives are at stake, and these blood suckers are robbing us like looters during a riot. The VA Administrators have been having a party for way too long.

ANutterVet
What about the Abuse of Power that many VA employees try to use? What about Veterans who have had many PCP’s in a short period of time? What about the generic medications whose efficacy is less than what is obtained at leading National pharmacy chains? What about the VA’s Physical Therapy Departments that don’t have warm water pools for therapy? What about the Nurse Practitioners and Clinical Pharmacists who treat Veterans with severe medical conditions instead of qualified physicians? What… Read more »
james
Donald Trump was on CNN last night and said this coming week, he will have some very important information concerning the VA. I will be waiting to hear what he has to say ? I hope he says he will made it easier to fire any employee that does not complete their jobs as required by law and that those who broke the law will be arrested in a drag net. He may say whos going to run the VA.… Read more »
ANutterVet

There are two [2] flagging systems used by the VA. They are;

DBRS- Disruptive Behavior Reporting System
EPER- Electronic Patient Event Report

james

I know the Disruptive Committee punishes veterans, what does the other one do. Boy o boy these guys will do anything to hurt veterans.

ANutterVet
From what I was told after questioning an VA ER Nurse, some VA Medical Centers use the EPER instead of the DBRS to warn VA employees of Veterans who may cause problems or be a threat to VA Staff. The problem is that the VA employees that have the authority to put a Veteran on either list, is that each VA employee that has such authority, will determine on their own definition or criteria to put a Veteran on the… Read more »
Lem
Lem
“The VA system is set up to put everyone in the same box. This form of treatment lacks the specific modalities to treat each Veteran on an individual basis.” Not always true but too often true. I had hydro kinesthetic therapy in DC. The first therapist was very good and designed exercises to fit the patient. His understudy, when he retired, like the drill instructor approach and his therapy was definitely contra indicated in my case. The biggest problem with… Read more »
ANutterVet

Lem, glad to hear you recovered. Japan’s research and medical discoveries are on the cutting edge of technology. I’m not surprised.

ANutterVet
The liberal news media performs a disservice to Veterans. In the U.S., approximately 90% of the news outlets are owned by 6 media companies. These news services should be disseminating the information that is published in this blog. Since the VA Medical Center- Phoenix was exposed, the national evening news programs have covered the VA’s scandalous activity less and less. All that the investigative news reporters need to do is to visit this blog to get their stories. Do you… Read more »
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