I wish Congress had a set of balls like Ron Burgundy about Sex Panther. We all know VA strategy works for veterans far less than they claim, but Congress rarely calls them on the carpet.
At least Burgundy wasn’t afraid to point out that Sex Panther’s claim to fame makes no sense, “60% of the time, it works every time.”
While VA claims an accuracy level of 90%, an investigation by American Legion says otherwise. Hard-hitting Bob Brewing hammered this issue home on Nextgov.com, and I thought it’d be a good idea to pass thing on.
During a recent Senate Committee hearing, Under Secretary Allison Hickey recently claimed VA had an accuracy level of 90% to Senator Burr and friends.
Meanwhile, Senator Burr confronted Hickey with different statistics. According to an investigation by American Legion, VA is well off the mark.
American Legion conducted a review of VBA claims accuracy and determined an overall error rate of 55 percent, meaning an accuracy rate of only 45 percent. That review looked at 260 claims at 11 VBA regional offices and found error rates ranging from a high of 83.3 percent in Pittsburgh to a low of 31.8 percent in Indianapolis.
Burr questioned Hickey about the statistics she provided. Rather than answering Burr’s question, “Are they wrong?” head on, she repeatedly stated VBA has a “statically valid process.”
This is obviously bullshit. After all, what does “statistically valid” even mean? Anything can be valid but still grossly wrong, invalid or ineffective. Even an ineffective use of statistically can be valid.
The real question Burr failed to ask is, “What is VA’s goal in selecting its statistically valid process?” It could be that VA is merely trying to minimally cover its ass while not accomplishing much on behalf of the veterans they fail week in and week out.
How well do you think VA is doing?