Many veterans sounded off yesterday over a leaked email from Diana Rubens to staff lauding her award of VA bonuses to employees despite a backlog “slip up.”
Prior to discussing last month’s disability backlog “slip up,” Rubens congratulated bonus recipients, “you should have seen that monetary thank you in last week’s check.” She promised to continue doling out bonuses throughout the year to recognize “contributions.”
Veterans were fired up by the email, not just because it seems absurd for Rubens to mention bonuses in the same email acknowledging a slip up causing the backlog to increase, but also because Philadelphia VA is one of the most scandal-plagued VA regional offices in the country.
Rubens was one of the SES employees linked to a scandal, demoted, but then reinstated after VA was unable to hold her accountable for violating its ethics laws. She also created a remote job for her female lover so she would move with her to Philadelphia after she relocated her subordinate who used to run Philadelphia VA.
During congressional investigations into Rubens’ apparent fraud, she reportedly walked around Philadelphia VA laughing and telling her subordinates to “enjoy” the show.
Here are a few excerpts from regular readers about the Philadelphia VA bonuses:
[Please note these are generally unedited excerpts and do contain certain typos]
Veteran 1 – 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.
Veteran 2 – Namnibor
Excellence In Eternal Ignorance = Our VA pig-rats screwing over Veterans for nonperformance bonuses. These pig-rats would use global warming as an excuse for their incompetence if given the chance, begging for a billion for more A/C units so they can be all comfy while stamping DENY on claim files.
By the way, I thought the rats were NOT supposed to be receiving performance bonuses? Last year as well but they received them in 2015 as well and we Veterans received a WHOPPING 0.03% Cost Of Living Adjustment (same for SSA) this year, which with my 100% VA Comp., added a whopping $9. a month to my income, while these rats at the VA receive significant bonuses even if they screw-up. How the f^ck is that an even playing field?
Veteran 3 – 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!
Ruben’s should be sitting in a jail cell, not the head of a RO!
Veteran 4 – 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. I think they need to lay off the crack pipe for awhile ……they sure sound upbeat in their emails must be the birthday parties and the bonus money, lets party like its 1999 LOL
Veteran 5 – 91Veteran
Interesting to see her highlight the incentive or bonus pay. I seriously doubt they have any kind of checks for accuracy causing a reduction in any incentive or bonus pay. I suspect the bonus is paid well before anyone noticed that claim making a 3rd or 4th trip through the process.
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 an employee was rated by their supervisor. It smacks of micromanagement and favoritism.
…and a dictator keeping his little subjects in line.
Veteran 6 – 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.