Congressmen Call For Resignation Of Top VA Aide

The fall out from the VA Conference scandal continues with two Republican Congressmen calling for the resignation of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki’s chief of staff, John Gingrich.

Do you think Gingrich is to blame for the rampant overspending or should more heads roll?

From the Washington Times:

Two Republican lawmakers have called on Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki to fire his chief of staff for approving two training conferences that led to $762,000 in questionable spending.

The department had already accepted the resignation of an assistant secretary in response to a critical inspector general’s report released last week. Federal investigators found the conferences were held to fulfill valid training needs, but some expenses were unnecessary or wasteful, such as $50,000 for a video that was a parody of former Gen. George S. Patton.

Rep. Jeff Miller of Florida and Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina said in a letter released Tuesday that accountability begins at the top. They said the department’s chief of staff, John Gingrich, bears ultimate responsibility because he approved the conferences held last year in Orlando, Fla. They said in the letter that a message must be sent to all VA employees that the “perfunctory execution” of important responsibilities is inexcusable.

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  1. Excellent article Benjamin and I have shared this with the veterans who have the Gulf War Illnesses from Desert Storm or suffering from Khamisiah.

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