Want To Know Why The VA Claims Backlog Increased Last Month?

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Claims Backlog

After years of following disgraced VA director Diana Rubens work the system, I came across a leaked email yesterday that gives insight into the claims backlog.

Rubens is the head of Philadelphia Regional Office whose fraudulent behaviors resulted in her being demoted and then reinstated after VA was unable to hold her accountable.

The reason? Her own boss at the time, Danny Pummill, was complicit in her fraudulent scheme, and since he was promoted after then undersecretary Allison Hickey stepped down, the court would not allow VA to hold Rubens accountable.

RELATED: Why Did Hickey Cover For Rubens, Graves?

Pummill actually took over as undersecretary but resigned some time later reportedly due to an insider deal benefiting a government contractor.

Rubens still leads Philadelphia RO, and in her leaked email, she highlighted that Trump’s hiring freeze is partly to blame for the growing backlog documented last month.

RELATED: VA OIG Takes Action Against Corrupt SES Employees

As a result of the freeze, according to Rubens, VA “will not be able to maintain the progress in output to ensure [VA] can render quick, quality decisions to our Veterans.”

For some quick background on Philadelphia RO, this is the facility that tried to spy on House Committee staffers investigating the destruction of a room of boxes of misplaced claims documents.

It is also the facility where a regional executive forced her subordinates to pay for an participate in psychic readings at her home. That executive, Lucy Filipov, was reportedly allowed to resign with a settlement and a clean employment record.

Diana Rubens forced out the former head of Philadelphia RO in tandem with her friend and colleague Kim Graves, who did the same at St. Paul RO.

Both reportedly took incentive pay they were not entitled to after literally taking demotions to run their respective facilities.

Rubens even moved her lover to the area after giving her a remote job, an act that, had a male executive done the same, abused his power while moving his concubine with him, that hypothetical male executive likely would have landed on a lead headline somewhere.

Below are the actual numbers for claims as of January 2017.

Have any of you ever noticed when VA is talking about how great of a job it is doing, the conversation only fixates on volume of claims or patients rather than on the quality of the services provided?

In 2013, VA’s Allison Hickey was proud to announce they were expediting claims processing to fight the backlog. Many suspected the plan would result in many claims being incorrectly decided, resulting in a increased backlog of appeals rather than initial claims.

That concern became a reality now, and appeals have ballooned. The Board of Veterans Appeals is now taking 3-4 years to process appeals.

Willie C. Clark Sr., deputy under secretary for Field Operations, said the new system has improved efficiency for veterans and the result is that “they submit more claims.”

Does this resonate with you? Claims go through quicker so veterans submit more claims? Or, is this a symptom of poor decision making quality resulting in veterans coming back for more bites at the same apple?

Data On Claims Backlog From Diana Rubens Email

Veterans Benefits Administration Top Achievements for Veterans, their Families, and Survivors

Data as of January 31, 2017

Compensation
· Paid nearly $74B to 4.66M beneficiaries in FY16

· 1.3M claims completed in FY16 – seventh year in a row of more than 1M claims!

· Completed 5.76M issues in FY16

· Consistently completed more than 100K claims per month, every month of FY16

· Reduced inventory 55.8% from 884K peak in July 2012 to 389.9K

· Issue-based quality is 95%

· Average days to complete a Veteran’s claim is 119.4 days – a 228.6-day reduction from 348-day peak in Sept. 2013

· Now processing nearly 100% of disability compensation claims electronically via VBMS

· Completed over 6.89M rating and non-rating claims in VBMS and nearly 5.7M rating decisions in VBMS since inception

· Completed 3M non-rating and administrative action end products in FY16 – already completed 964K through end of Dec. FY17

· In FY16, 1 in 4 Veterans submitted their dependency requests online and 63% received payments in under 1 day

· Reduced dependency claims inventory from 269K peak in August 2014 to 101.9K – only 1.9K left to hit our FY17 agency priority goal of 100K

Appeals

· VBA completed 202K appeals actions (including full grant, SOC resolution, and certified/recertified to the Board of Veterans Appeals) in FY16 – a 20% increase over FY15 – 72K already completed through Jan. 2017

· From the end of FY16 through end of January FY17, VBA has increased the number of certifications to the Board, lowering the Substantive Appeal (VA Form 9) pending inventory from 50,157 to 46,564. That is a 7.2 percent decrease in inventory in FY17.

· Overall, VBA resolved 113,197 appeals in FY16 – over 15,627 more appeal resolutions compared to FY15

Access

· Nearly 6.26M registered eBenefits users

· National Call Centers (NCC) answered 4.1M calls in FY16

· Average call wait time at NCCs is 1:32 minutes, and 100% of those calls are getting through: reduced the blocked call rate from 59% in FY15 to 0% through Jan. 2017!

· Provided more than 14K VA Benefits Briefings through the Transition Assistance Program to an estimated 378,000 transitioning Servicemembers and family members in FY16

Diana Rubens Email On Claims Backlog

 

From: VAVBAPHI/RO/DIR
Sent: Wednesday, February 15, 2017 8:38 AM
To: VAVBA/PHI/RO; VAVBA/PHI/WMBLDG
Subject: Feb 2017 Station Update

Good morning!  I hope you had a Happy Valentine’s Day!

I wanted to take a minute to give you an update on so many terrific things going on for the Philly/Wilm ROs.

Let me start with an added thank you for so many of your whose performance in FY16 rose to the level of ‘E’ or ‘O’, as you should have seen that monetary thank you in last week’s check.  In addition to the end of the year performance awards, we will continue to use our local awards programs (like Making a Difference and Birthday month) to recognize special contributions throughout this fiscal year.  You  can direct questions about awards to your immediate supervisor and or Division managers.   Again, a heartfelt thanks to all of you working diligently to deliver benefits and services to our Veterans and their family members.

At the beginning of this month, Loren Miller, our Acting NAD Director hosted a meeting here with all of the Directors from the ROs across the North Atlantic.   This meeting provided a unique opportunity for our VSCM, James, to interact with District leaders as we discussed VSC operations and the National Work Queue.   James and I walked away with the same message, although there have been some adjustments to how we get the work (through the Q), our focus remains on our Veterans who have been waiting the longest for their decision.  I’d ask that the VSC keep that in mind when addressing work in your queue.

Our SSD folks have been working with St. Paul SSD to consolidate a component of work done by our Finance folks – the review and adjudication of waiver requests – to St. Paul.  We have engaged employees and our labor partners throughout this process.   In order to support the employees working on the waiver consolidation, and in accordance with the National agreement, we will use the coming months to ensure refresher training is done for employees who have focused primarily on waivers up until now.  The outcome to keep in mind is that our Veterans, and other claimants, who are dependent on our benefits receive timely responses on debt waiver requests. 

I want to also let you know that I have provided AFGE a ‘heads up’ that VBA may see a return to mandatory OT as our national claims backlog has teetered around 100,000 claims (about 25% of our inventory).  If VBA were to re-establish mandatory OT, I believe VBA would first engage nationally with our Labor Partners.  And if/when the guidance came, we would engage locally to ensure we met our labor obligations, and provide the greatest flexibility to the workforce here.  I believe the potential return to mandatory OT is a result of several factors – not the least of which is our slip up in backlog, but the hiring freeze also results in a concern that as an organization we will not be able to maintain the progress in output to ensure we can render quick, quality decisions to our Veterans.  Unless a decision is made at a national level to resume mandatory OT, it will not be implemented locally. 

In the VSC we have talked for quite some time about the likelihood that we will get new performance standards for individuals.  I believe we are on the verge of seeing new VSR standards released by VBA for use across the nation.  As I review the locally negotiated process for implementing such a change, we will stay focused to get the standards in place as quickly as we can.  I  want to ensure VSRs in the VSC have as much time as possible to get familiar with the new standards, so that as we move through the end of the first half of the year, you enter the second half with time to ensure your success and exceptional service to our Veterans.

Lastly, I’d mention that between now and the end of March, we will have a host of visitors from both inside and outside of VBA.  This week we have EEOC visiting as part of VA review, we also have a standard OIG Benefits Inspection Division (BID) review going on in Wilmington, which will be followed by a BID visit here in Philly later this month.  The IG focus will be on a standard visit protocol, with current topics for review being SMC, TBI, proposed reductions, system compliance and special correspondence.  For the month of March, we will see various VBA elements – from Comp Service, BAS, P&F and NAD – spend time with us.  We have done a tremendous job over the last year improving processing, local procedures and more importantly, service to Veterans.  I’m proud of the work we’ve done, work you’ve  done, and you should be too.  Please be open and honest should you have any of the above folks ask you any questions.

I’m including the link to the monthly reminder of what we have done VBA wide for Veterans, family members and survivors we serve every day. 

I’m also including the message from our new Secretary, Dr. David Shulkin – who coincidentally grew up in the Philly area, so he knows “who we are” – let’s show him how well we do!

Diana

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cj
cj

Compensation
· Paid nearly $74B to 4.66M beneficiaries in FY16
Average days to complete a Veteran’s claim is 119.4 days – a 228.6-day reduction from 348-day peak in Sept. 2013
Meanwhile, at the other end of the bat cave Alfred, with a stroke of his mighty pen. Fedexed pallets of untraceable currencies in access of 150 BILLION fucking dollars to the enemy, to be used against current US military members, where upon arriving back home, will be put through the song and dance listed above.

Angela
Angela

Hello everyone! Here is the phone number to the White House to contact President Trump and the Trump Administration. This is the comment line with getting a live person. 202-456-1111

james gallegos

is this the Veterans hot line or a general number for the public. Have you called to see what they do.

Angela
Angela
No, I have not called it yet. I have not had a block of free time yet where I could but I am going to. The phone number was announced on Fox and Friends the day before yesterday. The person who announced it said that it is the direct line to the White House to contact the Trump administration. A live person is answering this phone line in the White House. Fox and Friends on Fox news did not distinguish it as specifically for Veterans. According to the way it was announced, the phone contact number is for everyone who… Read more »
james gallegos

thanks I will call it Monday and will report back what they tell me. others should do the same and post it on here, so we can compare notes, as to what is being said about how veterans can contact them.

cj
cj

@Angela: Thank you Angela.

Ex va
Ex va
If you submit a claim most people will tell you that they always turn down the first claim. The va creates this system and controls it. Now the va states because of efficiency the Veteran submits more claims? No, the va as usual tries again to blame the Veteran for filing more claims because they turn down 90% on first time claims. Why don’t they publish statistics on that? It is the Veterans fault again for trying to get approval on claims that are disapproved. Always the Veterans fault for their incompetence and inefficient process. The e-mail to Diana Ruebens… Read more »
91Veteran
91Veteran
That is at the heart of the matter more than anything else. Unspent salary dollars. If they have a problem with positions being vacant now, and unable to hire because of any hiring freeze, that is solely due to VA management allowing that position to stay vacant long before any election was held. If I were someone at the White House reviewing whether some VA jobs should be exempt from the hiring freeze, one of the first things I would look at is how long some positions had been vacant. If that position had been vacant more than 3 months… Read more »
Ex va
Ex va

@ 91Veteran, i know they do not fill doctors positions because they do not want the positions fill. They are so afraid of losing their positions, so they control the whole care line. They do the hiring or not hiring, promotions, movement of personnel. So, pre-selection is allowed and never questioned. The careline chiefs are like “kings” controlling everything. These monsters are created. If they do not want to treat or care a Veterans they don’t have to. It is a sick system.

namnibor
namnibor

This reminds me of about two years ago when the VA blamed the increased medical costs at the VA on Vietnam Veterans getting older. Remember that? They said that while at the same time all out ignoring presumptive for Agent Orange for same Veterans they tried to blame cost increases on…while ignoring blatant stupid spending and unchecked contracts and construction projects…Denver?

91Veteran
91Veteran

If I remember right, the VA was claiming that cost of care for Vietnam veterans and many other excuses they were throwing at the wall in an attempt to get their hands on the Choice money.

In fact, I recall something about Gibson putting out a message that they would be out of money by August or something, and having to close hospitals if they didn’t get more.

Seems his doom and gloom was just another load of BS.

Although I see from the VAIG report on Choice that they did get approval to pay whatever was charged for treating Hep C vets.

namnibor
namnibor
Yeah, that Hep C Treatment/Cure drug fiasco was and still is quite the rope a dope shell game. All this time it would have been more efficient and cost vastly less if that Hep C ‘Cure’ developed by Dr. Shinazi was NOT sold BACK to the VA, and just directly went to the Vets infected and future Vets not yet knowing they are infected because the VA may be withholding that info for observation purposes for ‘Plan B’ that’s being cooked-up in some VA hack’s garage lab. The $$$ changed hands so many times, then Choice gets to charge for… Read more »
cj
cj

Once again, I have nothing to add, you men and women have said it all, and quite eloquently. I think a link to Bens site, should be sent to every single news outlet. Even overseas, nothing like being embarassed by the press from another country over the way you treat your veterans…..Just food for thougt.

Cantigny
Cantigny
>@Ex va: Spend the Unspent salary dollars because you will not hire doctors and/or other providers because that could rock the gravy boat. i’m gonna step out on a limb here, but part of me, doesn’t care if VA doesn’t hire new doctors. these new hires will be indoctrinated into VAway and forced to attend to veterans like many of the current doctors do…and that is just adding more doctors to do the same VA biz as usual. very rare to go to a VA and have a doctor correctly diagnose you for a service connected injury/illness and then to… Read more »
Angela
Angela

Yep. Agree.

Angela
Angela

@Ex va….My yep and agree was in response to you.

Ex va
Ex va

@ Angela, thank you.

Rick B
Rick B
I recently filed 4 new claims one two are secondary conditions, one is reopen claim, and one was a new issue. The New issue was decided within 4 months and resulted in a 40% rating for TBI that happened in 1974. The reopen claim concerned my hearing, while it was already service connected at 0%, I attempted to get a 10% rating based on the hearing test. I was required to undergo another hearing test where the examiner increased the db level to 95 & 75 DB during the speech/word discrimination, resulting in a 94% & 96% score. I was… Read more »
Gene
Gene
As of 02/14/2017 the new docket date for the Veterans Board of Appeals now stands at January of 2013 (per the VAs website). Last November they were reviewing cases up to September of 2014. I called the VA and asked how these docket dates could move in reverse by 1 and 3/4 years in just a few months and was told that they did an “Inventory” and discovered cases, (nation wide?) that were never added into the system. By my calculations it must be hundreds of thousands. it was 440,000 cases back-logged and it may now really be double that.… Read more »
Gene
Gene
Just a follow up to my previous post. As of today 02/22/2017 the docket dates for the BVA moved back 2 more months and now sits at November of 2012. That means in the last 3 months it moved backwards by almost 2 years. From September of 2014 to November of 2012. I just read an article this morning where McDonald stated that without an immediate fix there will be a 10 year BVA wait time before cases will be reviewed. by 2027 the wait time will be approximately 25 years. Looks like these docket numbers right now are not… Read more »
Lem
Lem

The problem is not with the BVA except they are receiving a huge additional case load because of the “bonus” chase of VARO rating boards by closing claims with hurried denials causing a great increase in appeals.

I was denied “tinnitus” which had been in effect more than 20 years and ignored the audiology report. The body of the denial didn’t reflect the actual listing of my compensated and 0% SC disabilities. Denied Disc syndrome because it didn’t exist in service. Ignore the fact that it was a secondary claim from an MVA caused by SC seizures.

james gallegos

Posted yesterday VA whistle blower to Trump, The VA is getting ready to destroy over 500,000 veterans Documents. Wonder how they are getting rid of the Back log. How many claims would be denied and the VA can not be held accountable if records are missing or destroyed.

Veterans can not claim this excuse if you try for a CUE.

The Holman Rule must pass the Senate or this behavior will continue and veterans will Die. Contact your senator and ask him to pass the Holman Rule.

ANutterVet
ANutterVet

@cj – Here is a link about EDTA.

“http://www.livestrong.com/article/220542-dangers-of-calcium-disodium-edta/”

Let me know what you think.

OLDMARINE
OLDMARINE

also look up the benefits of using EDTA

ANutterVet
ANutterVet
@cj, @OLDMARINE – I’m familiar with EDTA. At low doses there are benefits. But, higher doses can be dangerous. I’ve been supplementing since 1975. Yes, I should have only added the full context of information about the use of EDTA. cj, I didn’t mean to cause you a great concern, but many individuals use EDTA. As OLDMARINE stated, you can purchase this in powder form for a lower price. This is what I do with many of my supplements. Also, I forgot to share with you, to lower costs when using supplements, some people use a cap filling machine to… Read more »
OLDMARINE
OLDMARINE

Dr. Garry Gordon Interview: The Health Benefits of EDTA Chelation Therapy

Lem
Lem
Ben, “· Average days to complete a Veteran’s claim is 119.4 days – a 228.6-day reduction from 348-day peak in Sept. 2013” PAs doing C&P and the same deciding claims with automatic denials. Another bonus scheme? Needs to be investigated. My VA claim was at Pittsburg VARO for over 10 years and is now outstanding since 1991 with an added hospitalization claim in 1992, then added TBI claim in 2009. TBI claim was quickly decided at 40% on top of a 30% Organic Brain syndrome rating that had been in effect since 1984. (I thought it was pyramiding but on… Read more »
Lem
Lem

Sorry, that should be RO Appeal not a claim. The RO at Pittsburg or the “sensitivity 7 officer” removed a lot of documents from my file. May be in that back room in Philly or one like it in Pittsburg.

Rick b
Rick b
Lem, Two of my exams were done by Actual Doctors. But two were also done by the same PA, of which one of the exams was tossed, and the second one will likely get tossed too… I claimed a knee injury of torn meniscus secondary to my right knee with sc instability, because my right knee buckled and I fell twisting my left knee tearing the meniscus. Would anyone believe that this stupid PA said not service connected because I was walking on a slope in my backyard without a cane.. Really that is what this PA said. I mean… Read more »
Lem
Lem

Delay now because all of the PA and NP exams have to be redone. The NP was under orders to deny, I believe. In other words they used a quick bypass of the C&P exams having an unqualified adjudicator do the exam and deny throwing the claim in the appeal process instead of a delayed claim. It was a method, I believe, like the shell game at Phoenix and Cheyenne with appointments, to get VARO Directors and adjudicators bonuses.

The claim has been processed. Really, why is it still undecided in appeal?

Lem
Lem

I made the mistake in 2010 of accepting an RO believing I should use every level of appeal. That was a mistake. It languished at the VARO level under VARO control for 5 years before I managed to break it off the ROs desk. The penalty was that he removed a lot of documents which I have to identify what was removed and find a replacement.

namnibor
namnibor
These rat bastards are more concerned and all antsy about the very real possibility of tons of Over Time, overtime with of course, no accountability. I think what has happened is their sudden onslaught of Trumphobia has made the rat bastards get rather creative, using the Hiring Freeze as an excuse for their incompetence. R-r-r-r-r-ight! The only thing that remained frozen was Diana Ruben’s personality. So glad she had a wonderful Valentine’s Day. I wonder if she and her lover’s chocolates were shaped like disabled veterans that they were very careful to first bite their heads off for a moment… Read more »
Crazy elf
Crazy elf

Quote; “…as you should have seen that monetary thank you in last week’s check.”
A “Bonus” for what? As was said, they gotta spend the money, or lose it on next year’s allocation!
“Bullshit” is all it is!

Crazy elf
Crazy elf

P.S.
Ruben’s should be sitting in a jail cell, not the head of a RO!

Ex va
Ex va

@ Crazy elf, TRUTH! How are they immune from prosecution????

OLDMARINE
OLDMARINE
to ensure your success and exceptional service to our Veterans.what BULLSHIT. they must love blowing smoke up each others ASSES, its a feel good thing of theirs . I went to a town hall meeting here in ASHEVILLE NORTH CAROLINA VA and the hospital director kept jumping up and down how we where number 2 in the whole system, i wonder who voted. damn sure wasn’t the vets. then some old timer gets up to complain he’s had a head ache for the last 5 years then take his pain med’s away and wont do any thing else about it.… Read more »
Ray Man
Ray Man

I have two NOD at the VA which are on appeal. The status is “VA has received your Notice of Disagreement. You will be receiving a communication from VA in the near future describing the next steps of your appeal. Date not available”

84thEngineers
84thEngineers

I also have two NOD’s sitting at the Philadelphia RO, I was told by a ratings clerk that at the time (5 months ago) the average wait time was 363 days! I cringe at where that timeline is now. I too have the EXACT same wording as Ray Man… wtf! Worse yet, is Congressional “leaders” won’t assist, “we are unable to influence the Regional Offices because it is now under appeal.” So much for draining the God damn swamp! Where’s our veterans hotline in the White House?

Rick b
Rick b

Ray man,

The next step is the statement of the case gets mailed to you,… like you don’t already know the case… its just another delay tacit before the deny the DE Novo, and then you have to complete the form 9 appeal to BVA.. takes for ever…. but that is what the system is designed to do waste time…..

namnibor
namnibor
I have an additional hypothesis to add to why the VA Claims Backlog *magically increased* last month and it’s elegantly simple: I am betting they sit on many claims through the year, esp. the more complicated claims, and even denied claims then wait until their Performance Bonus Evaluation Period for the Year is up and then flush all those claims to Board of Veterans Appeal, it’s whack a mole with Veteran’s lives on their chessboard. On that chessboard, the Veterans are the expendable pawns and you just move all the way up in strength/power of chess piece to the SES… Read more »
Dennis
Dennis
I too am absolutely delighted that the performance of VA employees rose to either an ‘E’ or an ‘O’, but as a sorely misdiagnosed child genius I naturally have questions regarding the grading curve. First of which, is this grading system based on a curve? Clearly this is a greatly expanded grading system. I wonder if an ‘A’ employee is top rated or a ‘Z’ is the best? Hmmm. She doesn’t say. Maybe upon clearance from her labor partner (no reference to her pregnant girlfriend intended) she gets to decide to tell us? However doesn’t that just BEG THE QUESTION… Read more »
namnibor
namnibor

@Dennis–
Between the ‘E’ and ‘O’ rating is the non-disclosed letter for Incompetence, ‘I’, for the theme song on the VA’s Animal Farm goes something like, “E-I, E-I, O”. ~~and on that farm, they had some pigs, E-I-O, some piggies in charge there, some piggies in charge there, E-I-O.

The pigs have eaten the farmer and now sits and sings Eating, Incompetently, Oink. E-I-O.

Ex va
Ex va

@ namnibor, ROFL!!!! Old mcduck had a farm, E_I_E_I_O!!!!!!!!!!!!

91Veteran
91Veteran
I dunno. Her statistics are like most VA statistics. Designed to make it look like the VA is doing a superhero job, but not provide much meaningful information. They are like statistics from a traffic study. 700000 cars passed on Oak street, 95000 crossed over Ted Kennedy Bridge, and 143000 passed through Circle Jerk circle. Are you impressed? Lots of big numbers designed to sound good, but they don’t tell you out of those 700000 cars on Oak Street, 350000 had to make a u-turn because a traffic cop knew if they met a certain quota of cars passing by,… Read more »
namnibor
namnibor

@91Veteran — I very much liked your analogy to traffic studies. Right-on par and created mental imagery very easy to digest and it’s these kinds of things the congress critters need to hear from Veterans actually dealing with the VA’s incompetence, instead of the dictating AFGE or VSO Piggies. (they share DNA)

Peterson, L.H.
Peterson, L.H.

The VA doesn’t make quick and especially don’t make quality decisions. When they receive a claim that Only has medical documentation from drs in the VA to back it up, and they wait 14mo to send a Denial letter stating: “this claim is denied because you have not provided Any medical documentation”….I can’t imagine what stupid shit is going on in those claims offices. I do understand why they’re backlogged with appeals though.

Warhorse
Warhorse

It’s like one big porn flick. Reuben’s is fucking Graves. They’ve both fucked the taxpayer and Veterans. Meanwhile AFGE and the VA are also fucking the taxpayer and the Veterans. But wait…..Reuben’s and Graves are also in bed with AFGE. Meanwhile, that fat fuck J. David “little” Cox hides in the closet watching all the fucking. Whole lotta fucking going on, I’m tired now!!!

Dennis
Dennis

Agree with nearly everything except one. They are not “in bed” with AFGE because AFGE “is the bed” upon which all this sticky gooey fun is being played out. Want proof? Go take a deep whiff of the AFGE website and decide for yourself if they smell more like sex partners or rather just smell like the sheets that the whole gangbang takes place upon. Look for stains. All I see when I look at the AFGE website is wet spots, not humans.

namnibor
namnibor

Now you’re going to have to have your computer device be placed on antiretroviral therapy or PREP, just-in-case the VA and AFGE developed a form of HIV/AIDS that can be transmitted from ooey gooey sex-stained web pages over at AFGE.

That website should be called “VA BEDFELLOWS dot com”, with a special interactive VA OIG all glass conference room that will leave you wanting to take a bath in bleach for a week. 🙂

Linda Smith
Linda Smith
How do you tell an E from an O employee? (1) Outstanding. The achievement levels for all elements are designated as Exceptional. (2) Excellent. The achievement levels for all critical elements are designated as Exceptional. Achievement levels for noncritical elements are designated as at least Fully Successful. Some, but not all, noncritical elements may be designated as Exceptional. (3) Fully Successful. The achievement level for at least one critical element is designated as Fully Successful. Achievement levels for other critical and noncritical elements are designated as at least Fully Successful or higher. (4) Minimally Satisfactory. The achievement levels for all… Read more »
91Veteran
91Veteran
I highly doubt any VA employee is rated at less than fully successful, unless they are a good employee being targeted for retaliation and firing. I also highly doubt any VA rating official would incur the wrath of the AFGE and Little Cox by rating a dues payer at a rating in which said dues payer would not receive a bonus. I suspect if a VA employee can show up and fog a mirror they are rated as fully successful. I do find it interesting an approving official has the authority to change a rating if they disagree with how… Read more »
Dennis
Dennis

So by that standard, if I have a bowel movement and all the acheivment levels for critical elements of the crapping are exceptional, but some non critical items are only “Fully Successful” then I have done “Excellent”. The evacuation would be an ‘E’. A proud to moment to be sure, but always room for improvement.

On the other hand, if I crapped in a manner that every single criteria are considered exception then I have risen to the godlike rank of an ‘O’ defacation specialist.

Who makes up this shit anyway???.

namnibor
namnibor

However, that godlike rank of ‘O’ can be superseded if you can remove all the corn and recycle it in the VA canteen cafeteria. Jimmy cracked corn, and he don’t care….~…

VAISLYING
VA DC HQ ONE BIG FEDERAL RICO CRIME RACLET RUN BY @ FOR AFGE UNION CONTRACTS VETS YO ARE SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO SCREWED BY VA PORKER RATS THAT ARE IN HEAT FOR THE BONOUS @$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
Jo3n
Jo3n

I find it difficult to be reading about Reubens, again. How in the hell is the VA supposed to get better with the same thieves running the place? A birthday bonus? Nothing is changing… Senator Isaacson sent my, “choice card” request to the Alabama Senator Shelby. He sent me a release of information form. Not sure this is going to work. Timely? Are you kidding? I wish Trump would follow up on his words. There is nothing timely with the VA. They just change the dates. I’m getting tired.

Crazy elf
Crazy elf
Took a nap after watching President Trump’s “news briefing” this afternoon. It lasted an hour and fifteen minutes. Never before have I seen anything like it. I’ve watched news briefing’s since Kennedy! He had a lot of fun with the news medias. “CNN” wasn’t the only media called out over putting out “fake news”! The “New York Times” and the “Washington [Com]Post” were called out for running a false story yesterday and today. When all was said and done, then came– “CBS’s” George Stephanopolis (sic ?), and friends. They had some stupid and ridiculous shit to say about it. One… Read more »
Crazy elf
Crazy elf

Correction;
“ABC’s” George Stephanopolis”
Sorry hands not working, neither is my brain just yet!

namnibor
namnibor
That’s okay to destroy that asswipe’s name. When I heard him this Sunday, he was a whining snowflake and everything was anti-Trump this or that and when Stephanopolis asked questions to the quests, he would not even listen their answers, instead made-up more negative snowflakes facts about the question he just asked…it was too painful to even endure and watch to completion because otherwise I risked a boot flying at my TV. 🙂 I am glad Pres. Trump is calling-out the BS in the press, but these snowflakes have had free reign since 2006, and have all but forgotten their… Read more »
Crazy elf
Crazy elf
Hey, namnibor, One thing President Trump said about most of the MSM’s was: Quote; “[They] have a lower “rating” than Congress!” How’s that for calling their lying asses out for what they’ve done! “CNN” is now being called the “COUNTERFEIT NEWS NETWORK!” President Trump, again, called them out over “…giving Clinton the questions…” PRIOR to the debates! Plus, the way MSM has such vile hatred toward him. All because their “Empress–Hillary Clinton” didn’t win. He also told them, again, he’s not going to tell anyone “WHAT” his military intentions are against anyone! Which made them upset, oh, poor babies! _______________________… Read more »
Angela
Angela
@Crazy elf —-Yes, President Trump’s news briefing was something else. I absolutely loved it. Calling them out on their dishonesty. The leaks are serious. President Trump does mean business and he will get who his responsible. As for the VA, we do not know what President Trump is up to with this agency. He often speaks that he does not reveal what he will do with certain countries, certain situations, and certain anything. With President Trump, all is always on the table. So I honestly believe this applies to any aspect of his administration and the VA with Secretary David… Read more »
namnibor
namnibor

Amen, Angela! I loved that long press conference. Pres. Trump does not mince words and when he had to repeat the same damn questions about Russia, he let the ass clowns know they were idiots in so many words.

It’s a very chronic case of S.A.S. — Snowflake Atrophy Syndrome = The are melting.

namnibor
namnibor

“they”…neuropathy sucks.

Crazy elf
Crazy elf

Here’s some additional information being brought out on the WWW and the “Alt-right news medias”!
It’s been confirmed:
Obama, along with “lying Loretta Lynch”, had given the NSA, in Jan. 2017, the authority to “spy” on all America!
Now, 1.) it was confirmed the NSA was behind the DNC hacking. Which they then gave the information to Wikileaks!
And, 2.) It’s now been confirmed, someone(s) in the NSA was the “leak” behind getting Lt. Gen. Flynn to resign.

These latest “leaks”, or “hacks”, are considered “classified Intel”, unlike the DNC leaks which weren’t.
This can lead to a 10 year prison term for the “hacker(s)!”

namnibor
namnibor
Each Obamamite Turd that’s left in gov’t is a ticking implosion waiting to happen. I have never seen such butthurt over anything, and I live with chronic gastro issues, so by all standards, I am a pretty good judge on both implosive & explosive gastric issues, and everyone of those or at least most, of the Obamanation Klingons remaining are a huge liability…and that especially includes the VA and the Veterans Committees. Sorry to say that, but it’s true. When the stability of one’s congress critter’s ass on the stairmaster in morning is way more important than addressing, let alone… Read more »
Crazy elf
Crazy elf

As a matter of fact, namnibor, the information I just gave on the “leaks” from within the NSA, was confirmed by Judge Napolitano yesterday, 15 Feb. 2017!

ANutterVet
ANutterVet
OFF TOPIC -** VA’s New Medication Stipulation** – If you’re being prescribed any Opiates, Benzodiazepines, and-or Muscle Relaxers, be prepared for changes in the types of medications the VA will currently prescribe. Due to the drug abuse epidemic, overdoses, and the new modality for treating pain, muscle spasms, and-or anxiety, the VA is now starting to be VERY restrictive with Veterans prescriptions. Therefore, be prepared for your prescriptions to be reviewed and revised by a specialized team of medical providers. And, more than likely, you’ll not be informed ahead of time so that you can add your input. Here is… Read more »
namnibor
namnibor
I went through all of that HELL last year, this time in the private medical using Medicare and it was all framed around that nasty phrase the leaves the patient entirely out of the mix, Evidence Based Healthcare. We have Obama to partly thank for the way they have cracked down. Know what I did? 1. I had enough. Been in cognitive therapy for 20 years and on Alprazolam on same dose more or less entire time. I ceased care and told them since my state had approved medical MJ that’s the route I was going, like it or not.… Read more »
ANutterVet
ANutterVet
@Namnibor – Hey Brother, man I’m glad your pain can be managed by other alternatives. And, as you know each person with pain is due to each persons problems that is causing the pain. This is where Evidence Based Medicine falls extremely short. Therefore, causing additional problems the Veteran that is being treated for pain. Believe me, I don’t trust the VA rats either. They’re sneaky, manipulative, and don’t give a dam what you’re experiencing while they are treating you. But at this current time, I don’t have a choice on where to get treated. Oh, we had it out… Read more »
namnibor
namnibor

Well, I did not say I was better for going my own way, as I still indeed deal with chronic pain and more like everyone here, but I simply got tired of the hassle and constant justification to keep my current treatment plan rather than whatever the big pharma dollars evidence based ink tells them to dish-out instead…tired of it.
Your are correct in when you mix PTSD and crap into the mix as a Veteran, they have no idea how to deal with the non-human test subject.

ANutterVet
ANutterVet

@Namnibor – I hear you Brother. The VA is missing the ship totally. Have been for a long time. I just want to speak to them like one scientist to another. And then, measure the results. In my book, and yours as well, that’s not too much to ask. Or is it?

ANutterVet
ANutterVet

@Namnibor – Brother, I went and reread my earlier post. My post, in no way shape of form, was meant to be sarcastic. I’ll save that for the VA. Its been a long day. And now, like the number crunching sicko and analyst that overcomes my mind, I’ll review my VA experience that I had today. Then try to think of ways that they will present something to me that is twisted and full of shit.

Ex va
Ex va

@ ANutterVet, so how are they going to deal with Veterans who are seriously disabled/injured with chronic pain issues? Is the va not going to treat chronic pain because some in the past have had addiction issues? What is the treatment for alternative pain relief? This is the wrong, people are suffering in pain.

ANutterVet
ANutterVet
@Ex va – Hey Brother, how you been? I’ve been hoping that you pain has been less troubling, As per the VA, good question. I’m not convinced or satisfied with what happened today. Actually, the first thing that came to my mind is, “How are they going to use this against me, and for their benefit.” I’ll tell you, it got so heated this afternoon, that if something erked me a little bit more, I may have lost it. It came very close. Was a good thing that my wife was me. Many times women know exactly when to step… Read more »
Ex va
Ex va
@ ANutterVet, been better myself, still weak from the flu. Thank you for asking. So sorry of this va bs. I am glad your wife was with you and she made some comments too. This is negligence i don’t know how else to take it. You go for medical treatment and do not receive it. Just wrong!! My pain has been getting to me, my meds do not take all of it away it takes the sharpness down a notch or two, but never does it take it all. If this is the future of pain management we are all… Read more »
cj
cj

@ANutterVet: What I need is a new gi doc, I had a great one then he left the practice for a better place. Of courst the wouldn’t tell me where he went, so I was left with this other guy that I don’t think is any better than a va doc. I usually feel like crap for a few hours after taking the meds. Then the morphine kicks in and takes care of that. What I really need is an endocsopy done.

ANutterVet
ANutterVet

@cj – you think or feel like something is going on in your stomach

ANutterVet
ANutterVet

@Ex va @cj – Hope your pain gets lowered tonight. Brother, you’ve been dealing with this cold for awhile. Those immune suppressant meds take there toll on you. I don’t like those types of meds.

Timothy L Coffey
Timothy L Coffey
I agree, But it is also due to the VA not processing claims correctly for Veterans exposed at bases on the EPA Superfund sites for many years. The VA act like they know nothing about EPA SUPER FUND reports, but if that is the case, they must be only Government office as even NASA did a report on how toxic Trichloroethylene is. And TCE and PCE was found in the water on bases by EPA for last 40 Years? So anyone who was their on a base for last forty was contaminated by drinking water. This was all over the… Read more »
namnibor
namnibor
Yep, one of the top polluted in so many ways Air Force Bases was also in Pres. Clinton’s “early closure” bases, and Loring AFB was at the very top few spots for Super Fund Clean-up Sites and was only in last few years they have started activity as an Air Base again, after metric tons of soil was railroaded out and extensive steaming of all the ground…and it’s a huge ass base, so can attest that other military bases are toxic, and that’s before even talking about weapon storage era from developmental era of Manhattan P., which was spread-out to… Read more »
Dennis
Dennis
I wish I could win several million dollars in the lottery so I can do just like a lot of millionaires are doing- leave the country and avoid paying taxes! Where would I go? I don’t know. Probably go to Switzerland, a country that knows how to stay out of everyone’s business and leave other country’s alone. If I had the monies, I swear to God I would leave and not look back! And no, the door ain’t going to hit me on my posterior on the way out because I’ll be leaving as quickly as a silent or a… Read more »
namnibor
namnibor

I’d move to Iceland. Loved my year and half there.

namnibor
namnibor

However, Alaska is looking very tempting to me. Will require pretty much starting almost from basics but am okay with that.

cj
cj

Once again, I have nothing to add, you men and women have said it all, and quite eloquently. I think a link to Bens site, should be sent to every single news outlet. Even overseas, nothing like being embarassed by the press from another country over the way you treat your veterans…..Just food for thougt.

This is a repost as it was intended to placed near the end.

cj
cj

@Benjamin krause, @All: Infact, I am thinking this is exactly what we all should do. WE should engage in this mission together, Each pick a couple of states, and start emailing the link to Bens site. When we finish with the entire country, we can each take a few other countries and send the link to those. I imagine this will cause quite the problem for D.C.
Maybe then we will be taken seriously, What do you think about this approach Ben? Would there be any legal fallout for doing such a thing?

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