Report: $8.8 million in taxpayer-funded bonuses at seven accused VA facilities since 2011

posted at 12:41 pm on May 23, 2014 by Guy Benson

Open the Books — a good government and transparency-minded watchdog organization — does exactly what their name implies, and discovers that taxpayers showered officials at seven embattled VA locations with nearly $9 million in bonus pay between 2011 and 2013:

Now, at least seven VA centers are being investigated for “secret” waiting lists. Here are the bonuses into these troubled facilities (2011-2013):

1. Edward Hines, JR Hospital, Cook County, IL ($4.1356 million)
2. Malcolm Randall VA Medical Center, Gainesville, FL ($575,400)
3. New Mexico VA Health Care System Albuquerque, NM ($2.646 million)
4. Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System Home, Biloxi, MS ($247,103)
5. Miami VA Healthcare System Miami, FL ($334,987)
6. Fort Collins Outpatient Clinic, Fort Collins, CO ($4,150)
7. Phoenix VA Health Care System Home, Phoenix, AZ ($843,000)

TOTAL: 12,549 bonuses for $8.787 million (2011-2013)

Here’s the report itself.  The list of facilities now under investigation has ballooned to 26 and counting, so these estimates likely do little more than scratch the surface. And they only span two years.  Remember, bonuses aren’t a mere sideshow in this scandal, as several media outlets have reported that some of the VA administrators who cooked the books on wait times were motivated by avarice.  Their maneuvers were, in part, a job- and bonus-protection scheme – which is why Senate Democrats’ endorsement of inaction, as Ed put it earlier, is so galling.  Marco Rubio’s bill would have empowered the “mad as hell” VA secretary with greater leeway to fire bureaucrats who intentionally skirt rules and game the system to conceal  their failures.  The legislation sailed through the House earlier this week in a lopsided, bipartisan 390-33 vote.  Harry Reid and company can’t be bothered to even take it up.  Here’s Rubio tangling with Senate Veterans Affairs Committee chairman Bernie Sanders over the issue, via Noah Rothman (click image to watch):

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“I don’t’ think that any of us want to go home for the Memorial Day recess and when we’re asked ‘What are you doing on this issue,’ our answer is, ‘Well, in about 15 days we’re going to have a hearing,” Rubio concluded.

ABC News’ Michael Calderone wonders if Democrats’ tenuous support for Sec. Shinseki is on the brink of expiring:

DEMOCRATS DRIP, DRIP, DRIP: Yesterday Kentucky U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes called for Shinseki’s resignation, saying in a statement: “We owe a solemn obligation to our veterans, and our government defaulted on that contract. I don’t see how that breach of trust with our veterans can be repaired if the current leadership stays in place.” So did Republican-turned-Democrat Charlie Crist, a candidate for governor of Florida: “While we don’t know precisely what happened here, we do know that there must be accountability and confidence in leadership in order to get to the truth and provide veterans the medical care they’ve earned and deserve. That confidence is gone. I think it would be best if the Secretary stepped down and allowed others to get the VA fixed once and for all.”

Calderone also notes that Grimes won’t give a straightforward answer to a basic question on Obamacare, prompting Rick Klein to marvel at how Democratic candidates continue to flub their answers.  I’ll leave you with this CNN clip, which was flagged by my Townhall colleague Greg Hengler.  Over to you, VA whistleblower:

Six to ten months, “or longer.”  A disgrace.  Oh, and one more thing: Guess who touted the VA as a triumph of government-run healthcare during the Obamacare debate of 2009 and 2010?


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VA Death Paners 4 Bonuses Gate

Schadenfreude on May 23, 2014 at 12:42 PM

What? They were just doing what their employer wanted them to do – of course they deserved bonuses.

Midas on May 23, 2014 at 12:42 PM

Panels

Schadenfreude on May 23, 2014 at 12:43 PM

VA Death Panels 4 Bonuses Gate

Schadenfreude on May 23, 2014 at 12:43 PM

Don’t miss this stupid critter, on the other 4 who’re dead.

Schadenfreude on May 23, 2014 at 12:44 PM

Gov’t employees, who live good at the taxpayers’ expense, and who Never produce a profit, should NEVER get bonuses, ever!

Plus, Pelosi said “we have to pass obama’care’ to find out what’s in it”, all 2000+ pages of it, but yesterday the socialist senator stopped the “firing the inept VA thugs” because he didn’t have time to read 2 1/2 pages.

Schadenfreude on May 23, 2014 at 12:46 PM

this is pretty much meaningless without knowing the bonuses payed under bush and his three va secretaries.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on May 23, 2014 at 12:47 PM

And they only span two years. Remember, bonuses aren’t a mere sideshow in this scandal, as several media outlets have reported that some of the VA administrators who cooked the books on wait times were motivated by avarice. Their maneuvers were, in part, a job- and bonus-protection scheme

Theft via fraud. FBI needs to investigate, DOJ needs to prosecute. Will either happen? Not with this regime, but in general, the federal statute of limitations is five years, so a future administration could prosecute.

rbj on May 23, 2014 at 12:47 PM

80% of potential walk-ins at recruiting offices are turned away, and for those who are able to enlist, there’s this prospect.

Seems like a plan.

Akzed on May 23, 2014 at 12:49 PM

Clearly, the VA is underfunded …

/Leftards

ShainS on May 23, 2014 at 12:49 PM

Off topic: John Conyers loses his bid to get his name on the ballot in Michigan.

The news just broke on FOX News. Tried to find a link to the story on the internet but the story is probably too new.

UltimateBob on May 23, 2014 at 12:49 PM

this is pretty much meaningless without knowing the bonuses payed under bush and his three va secretaries. ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on May 23, 2014 at 12:47 PM

Sounds like you got your work cut out for you.

Akzed on May 23, 2014 at 12:50 PM

Man, stuff like that whistleblower clip above is sooo powerful.

butch on May 23, 2014 at 12:51 PM

Why should ANYONE working for government get bonuses, EVER?

The only bonuses I could even fathom being legitimate would be for saving money, for coming in under budget, and the bonus would be a portion of the money saved.

ConstantineXI on May 23, 2014 at 12:54 PM

The terrorists at Gitmo are treated better than the VA patients under obama.

The terrorists are 1.5 to one doctor nor, no kidding. Used to be 5 to one doctor under GWB. They have zero waiting lists now.

Schadenfreude on May 23, 2014 at 12:55 PM

Off topic: John Conyers loses his bid to get his name on the ballot in Michigan.

The news just broke on FOX News. Tried to find a link to the story on the internet but the story is probably too new.

UltimateBob on May 23, 2014 at 12:49 PM

Not over yet. He’ll be on the ballot. Conyers will be carried out of Congress and loaded into a hearse.

ConstantineXI on May 23, 2014 at 12:56 PM

Jamoooo, the paid cow of Fox:

“the VA is underfunded because the Rs hate obama”

When reminded that all of obama’s requests were funded by the R congress “in that case only Hillary can save the land now”.

Such is kept on display, for the world to marvel at. It’s a Jeantelian world, all gay and all stupid.

Schadenfreude on May 23, 2014 at 12:57 PM

Obama is the Bart Simpson of presidents. However, a fictional cartoon could do a much better job.

jukin3 on May 23, 2014 at 12:57 PM

The terrorists at Gitmo are treated better than the VA patients under obama.

The terrorists are 1.5 to one doctor nor, no kidding. Used to be 5 to one doctor under GWB. They have zero waiting lists now.

Schadenfreude on May 23, 2014 at 12:55 PM

True, but their dental and vision plans aren’t that good………….

VegasRick on May 23, 2014 at 12:57 PM

Now, at least seven VA centers are being investigated for “secret” waiting lists. Here are the bonuses into these troubled facilities (2011-2013):

1. Edward Hines, JR Hospital, Cook County, IL ($4.1356 million)
2. Malcolm Randall VA Medical Center, Gainesville, FL ($575,400)
3. New Mexico VA Health Care System Albuquerque, NM ($2.646 million)
4. Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System Home, Biloxi, MS ($247,103)
5. Miami VA Healthcare System Miami, FL ($334,987)
6. Fort Collins Outpatient Clinic, Fort Collins, CO ($4,150)
7. Phoenix VA Health Care System Home, Phoenix, AZ ($843,000)

TOTAL: 12,549 bonuses for $8.787 million (2011-2013)

Hmmm. Notice something unusual, the place that received the highest amount of bonuses was in Cook county, IL, which happens to be the county that Chicago is in. Then ask yourself, who lives in Chicago? obama.

And then there’s this and this.

This is serious business and should take down obama. I think this story has bigger legs than we can imagine

ConservativePartyNow on May 23, 2014 at 12:58 PM

The terrorists at Gitmo are treated better than the VA patients under obama.

The terrorists are 1.5 to one doctor nor, no kidding. Used to be 5 to one doctor under GWB. They have zero waiting lists now.

Schadenfreude on May 23, 2014 at 12:55 PM

Obama’s White House doctor should be fired and HE should have to get all his medical care from the VA.

ConstantineXI on May 23, 2014 at 12:58 PM

this is pretty much meaningless without knowing the bonuses payed under bush and his three va secretaries.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on May 23, 2014 at 12:47 PM

Which begs the question as to why Obama hasn’t done anything about it since taking office five years ago, instead of letting it continue to fester. http://libertyunyielding.com/2014/05/19/va-scandal-obama-now-empty-promises-vs-reality/

theotherone on May 23, 2014 at 12:59 PM

UltimateBob, cool

Stupidity on display, in full view.

Schadenfreude on May 23, 2014 at 12:59 PM

Everybody seems to be forgetting about the 6 vets who died from Legionnaires’ disease in Pittsburgh VA facilities, while the administrators covered up the Legionella outbreak. The top regional administrator certainly took part in the coverup of the outbreak… and collected a big bonus.

These are ACTUAL victims whose deaths can be DIRECTLY tied — with ease — to the actions of the VA.

either orr on May 23, 2014 at 1:00 PM

VA as a triumph of government-run healthcare

It is feature not bug for Secretary General Obama. People not worthy of body politik die more money to illega…future loyal party voters.

Oh comrades it is going to be glorious future, GLORIOUS!!!!!

jukin3 on May 23, 2014 at 1:02 PM

Finally. An actual scandal.

libfreeordie on May 19, 2014 at 3:48 PM

You finally got one right perfesser.

slickwillie2001 on May 23, 2014 at 1:03 PM

ConservativePartyNow on May 23, 2014 at 12:58 PM

Realized I had wrong hospital getting money but still same issue with this and then there’s this. And More.

ConservativePartyNow on May 23, 2014 at 1:04 PM

Step 1: Get the money back

Step 2: Public flogging of anyone who had any involvement

Step 3: Fire them

BobMbx on May 23, 2014 at 1:06 PM

OMFG, so very surprising.

Tard on May 23, 2014 at 1:07 PM

this is pretty much meaningless without knowing the bonuses payed under bush and his three va secretaries.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on May 23, 2014 at 12:47 PM

Here’s a concept you need to get comfortable with:

If MSNBC isn’t running that very meme 24/7, it didn’t happen.

BobMbx on May 23, 2014 at 1:08 PM

“… Meticulous attention should be paid to the special relationships and obligations of public servants to the public itself and to the government. All Government employees should realize that the process of collective bargaining, as usually understood, cannot be transplanted into the public service. It has its distinct and insurmountable limitations … The very nature and purposes of Government make it impossible for … officials … to bind the employer … The employer is the whole people, who speak by means of laws enacted by their representatives …

“Particularly, I want to emphasize my conviction that militant tactics have no place in the functions of any organization of government employees. Upon employees in the federal service rests the obligation to serve the whole people … This obligation is paramount … A strike of public employees manifests nothing less than an intent … to prevent or obstruct … Government … Such action, looking toward the paralysis of Government … is unthinkable and intolerable.”

FDRA letter to the National Federation of Federal Employees in 1937

And here we are today. Thanks Statists!!

StubbornGreenBurros on May 23, 2014 at 1:09 PM

I’m thinking more and more with all this money being printed and thrown around like confetti that maybe it’s time to go off the grid and become totally self-sufficient so that the inevitable crash doesn’t take me and my family down. Better to live like a pauper than be thrown into the gutter.

HiJack on May 23, 2014 at 1:09 PM

6. Fort Collins Outpatient Clinic, Fort Collins, CO ($4,150)

Really?

BobMbx on May 23, 2014 at 1:09 PM

1.) Gubmint employees should NEVER receive bonuses just for breathing and/or taking up space

2.) Gubmint employees should NEVER be paid more than their civilian counterparts–you know, the poor schlubs whose taxes pay gubmint employees’ salaries

3.) Gubmint employees should NEVER be allowed to unionize

4.) Gubmint employees SHOULD be fired for the same infractions as their civilian counterparts

5.) Gubmint employees should NEVER be retired, promoted, transferred or otherwise rewarded for urine-deficient job performance

6.) Gubmmint employees SHOULD be prosecuted when caught breaking the law

Newtie and the Beauty on May 23, 2014 at 1:10 PM

My question is: why is the government awarding bonuses to any federal employees? Whenever I worked for a private company that was underperforming or losing money, bonuses were not awarded.

There was a time when government employees at any level were paid less than their counterparts in private industry but had great benefits. Now they make more than they could in private industry but still have great benefits.

bw222 on May 23, 2014 at 1:13 PM

What will President Castro do for Vets?

http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/politics/2014/05/23/julian-castro-son-chicana-activist-harvard-law-grad-future-us-president/

Should Vets even be honored with anything? When they fight for the great imperialist thief the U.S.A?

Vets of the Mexican American War robbed a whole nation of it’s land and greater glory.

No worries, we may not even have Veterans by 2024 when little Julian runs.

We need less $$$$ spent on old vets and more $$$$ spent on abortions and benefits for the millions of lazies we have here, and anchor babies need more stuff.

Progressive health care has arrived……and it’s being lived and died at VA centers all across the country.

Welcome to the future.

PappyD61 on May 23, 2014 at 1:13 PM

Obowma gave a speech…

… What else do you guys want?

/

Seven Percent Solution on May 23, 2014 at 1:13 PM

All these big corporations put profit over people!

swamp_yankee on May 23, 2014 at 1:13 PM

Off topic: John Conyers loses his bid to get his name on the ballot in Michigan.

UltimateBob on May 23, 2014 at 12:49 PM

Wanna bet on whether Conyers is re-elected as a write-in (ala Lisa Murkowski)?

bw222 on May 23, 2014 at 1:21 PM

Harry Reid and company can’t be bothered to even take it up.

If I’m a GOP candidate for the U.S. senate running against a Dem incumbent, I’d already have an ad up crucifying my Dem opponent over this AND promising to do whatever it takes to gut the federal bonus system. Are members of the armed services and other law-enforcement agencies eligible for bonuses? Bonuses are supposedly an incentive to retain good people. Yes, they get manipulated in the private sector, but when uncovered, wrongdoers are fired and bonuses are clawed back to the extend the money is still available.

How many times in the past several years have we seen reports of out-of-control agencies running over ordinary citizens and, by the way, the particular agency has been handing out bonuses like they’re candy.

BuckeyeSam on May 23, 2014 at 1:21 PM

Wanna bet on whether Conyers is re-elected as a write-in (ala Lisa Murkowski)?

bw222 on May 23, 2014 at 1:21 PM

He’ll be elected by his sheeple even if he isn’t a write-in.

Schadenfreude on May 23, 2014 at 1:22 PM

Welcome to the future.

PappyD61 on May 23, 2014 at 1:13 PM

If Castro were gay he’d be the perfect PC candidate for 2016.

Schadenfreude on May 23, 2014 at 1:23 PM

Wanna bet on whether Conyers is re-elected as a write-in (ala Lisa Murkowski)?

bw222 on May 23, 2014 at 1:21 PM

I’ll bet Conyers is begging community organizers–Obama Jr.’s–to spend the summer teaching his constituents how to recognize his race on a ballot, how to write, and how to spell his name correctly.

BuckeyeSam on May 23, 2014 at 1:24 PM

Finally. An actual scandal.

libfreeordie on May 19, 2014 at 3:48 PM

I’m surprised you’re able to type after being in a coma for 5 years, or is the nurse transcribing for you?

Bishop on May 23, 2014 at 1:27 PM

Obama’s White House doctor should be fired and HE should have to get all his medical care from the VA.

ConstantineXI on May 23, 2014 at 12:58 PM

Actually, most White House doctors have been active-duty military officers. So we wouldn’t “fire” them, just reassign them back to medical duties with their respective military service. Realistically, Congress would have to repeal the Act passed in 1928 that created the position of “White House Physician.”

As the CinC, the President does get his medical care above routine matters at a military medical facility, typically Walter Reed or Bethesda.

I understand your point, but Obama is not eligible for VA medical as he is not a veteran. He would be ineligible for military service due to his admitted use of drugs. Frequent marijuana use and occasional cocaine use would disqualify him. Pretty sad that the CinC of our military has a past that would disqualify him for military service.

The frequent drug use would also disqualify him for any security clearance. Unfortunately, election as President bypasses the requirement for a security clearance. Maybe we should pass a law that in order to be elected to any national political office (President, Vice-President, Senator, or Representative) or be appointed to any position requiring Congressional approval, the individual would be required to pass a NAC (National Agency Check). That would effectively disqualify most Democrats from running for political office or serving in any Administration. :-)

GAlpha10 on May 23, 2014 at 1:27 PM

All these big corporations put profit over people!

swamp_yankee on May 23, 2014 at 1:13 PM

Interestingly enough, my CPA brother in law who had been the top financial officer at a hospital for over twenty years, was fired by a new CEO when he refused to cook the books so the CEO could receive a huge bonus. Dave got fired, new CPA cooked the books, CEO got his bonus and lived happily ever after.

butch on May 23, 2014 at 1:28 PM

…taxpayers showered officials…

“But it wasn’t rape rape.”

Tsar of Earth on May 23, 2014 at 1:29 PM

All these big corporations put profit over people!

swamp_yankee on May 23, 2014 at 1:13 PM

All these overpaid greedy-union government employees put their bonuses over people!

slickwillie2001 on May 23, 2014 at 1:31 PM

Shinseki should be shot. All the crooked administrators need to be prosecuted for fraud. Too bad the real culprit Obama will walk. Bet the last thing he does is pardon everyone in his administration.

dgolfnut on May 23, 2014 at 1:32 PM

Schadenfreude on May 23, 2014 at 1:22 PM

Printer’s error?

Newtie and the Beauty on May 23, 2014 at 1:34 PM


Bet the last thing he does is pardon everyone in his administration.
dgolfnut on May 23, 2014 at 1:32 PM

A blanket pardon.

(“You’re gonna need a bigger blanket.”)

Tsar of Earth on May 23, 2014 at 1:37 PM

dgolfnut on May 23, 2014 at 1:32 PM

Eric WitHolder has experience with that…

Newtie and the Beauty on May 23, 2014 at 1:38 PM

FINALLY someone brings this up.

I would point out this amount is for seven locations. So far, we know the wait times were faked at at least 27 VA facilities. Those others got bonuses, too.

They faked the numbers to feign improvement, then collected huge bonuses for years based on their phony reports. That’s criminal fraud in every state in the union.

And in most states and federal jurisdiction, any death which occurs during the commission of a felony, even if unintentional, is felony murder (second degree murder).

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

These people do not need to “only” be fired. They need to be jailed, and their ill-gotten gains confiscated from their estates or pensions.

AND this scheme did not hatch independently at 27+ locations, it was suggested from Washington. Not Shinseki, he is not that “hands on” type of guy. Look for a political appointee, maybe not an Under Secretary, but someone high enough to have regular contact with the various regions.

That person needs to be in prison, too.

Adjoran on May 23, 2014 at 1:41 PM

Bet the last thing he does is pardon everyone in his administration.
dgolfnut on May 23, 2014 at 1:32 PM

Which is an incredible incentive to those who will get them to keep his real citizenship a secret.

Once its discovered he isn’t qualified to be POTUS, his pardons evaporate.

BobMbx on May 23, 2014 at 1:47 PM

Not a smidgeon!

rjoco1 on May 23, 2014 at 1:53 PM

I’m just a small-town lawyer, but I bet you give me 15 minutes with the U.S. Code and I’ll find you several appropriate crimes to charge these guys with. And as someone said above, what in the wide, wide world of sports is the federal government giving bonuses to highly paid bureaucrats?

AcidReflux on May 23, 2014 at 2:06 PM

Socialized medicine has been proven beyond a doubt to be harmful to your health. Just ask the families of the deceased Vets who were put to death by attrition for the crime of honorably serving our country.
Not that I’m surprised by all this. After all, the people who are in charge of the VA today are the same people who lined up to scream at and spit on our Veterans in the past. Their hatred of the military is legendary and it shows.

HotAirian on May 23, 2014 at 2:10 PM

I’m just a small-town lawyer, but I bet you give me 15 minutes with the U.S. Code and I’ll find you several appropriate crimes to charge these guys with. And as someone said above, what in the wide, wide world of sports is the federal government giving bonuses to highly paid bureaucrats?

AcidReflux on May 23, 2014 at 2:06 PM

Why, when those bureaucrats who earn on the average as much in salary and benefits as Microsoft permanent employees come through and actually do their jobs, the bonus money flows. It’s in all departments, and part of its intent is to hide the real compensation of federal workers, which is obscene.

Obama “froze” bonuses for political appointees in 2010, but his order only affected 2900 people who had received under $2 million in bonuses the previous year, and it is not clear how it was enforced. Note that IRS, for example, paid bonuses even when under the “sequester,” which was supposed to be devastating.

Adjoran on May 23, 2014 at 2:26 PM

…commissions?…for a salaried government job? Wtf?

KOOLAID2 on May 23, 2014 at 2:53 PM

Welcome to Big Government. This is Democrats to the T.

John the Libertarian on May 23, 2014 at 3:09 PM

Our tax dollars at work.

warmairfan on May 23, 2014 at 3:47 PM

What? They were just doing what their employer wanted them to do – of course they deserved bonuses.

Midas on May 23, 2014 at 12:42 PM

I see you’re channeling coolrepublica here.

However, the employer stated (for public consumption) that he wanted wait times reduced, which (in general) means he wanted staff to develop a procedure for actually doing that, and bonuses would reflect so doing,
The “error” that Shinseki (and by extension his boss (ahem)) made was in assuming that the underlings would develop legitimate effective procedures, when any manager with any experience of bureaucracy would know that gaming would take precedence over actual reform, and would keep watch to make sure that didn’t happen.
Which neither of them did.

this is pretty much meaningless without knowing the bonuses payed under bush and his three va secretaries.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on May 23, 2014 at 12:47 PM

TIYBOK (may I call you that? we’re kind of informal here at HA) actually has sort of a point. The bonuses might not be outrageously out of line with prior rewards for abysmal performance masked to look like brilliance, and in fact previous experience might be what led the fraudsters to cook the books so they wouldn’t lose out this year.

However, that there might have been (probably were) bonuses under Bush (and Clinton, Bush I, Reagan, Carter, etc) doesn’t excuse the fraud; it just makes the system look even worse.

Which begs the question as to why Obama hasn’t done anything about it since taking office five years ago, instead of letting it continue to fester. http://libertyunyielding.com/2014/05/19/va-scandal-obama-now-empty-promises-vs-reality/

theotherone on May 23, 2014 at 12:59 PM

Exactly so.

Here’s a concept you need to get comfortable with:

If MSNBC isn’t running that very meme 24/7, it didn’t happen.

BobMbx on May 23, 2014 at 1:08 PM

Maybe they haven’t thought of it yet; takes time to get the Journolist to decide on talking points and make up the research.

Why should ANYONE working for government get bonuses, EVER?

The only bonuses I could even fathom being legitimate would be for saving money, for coming in under budget, and the bonus would be a portion of the money saved.

ConstantineXI on May 23, 2014 at 12:54 PM

Our resident Tax Expert gave a good explanation of that in re processing annual returns, but that’s about the only situation that seems “deserving”.

All these big corporations put profit over people!

swamp_yankee on May 23, 2014 at 1:13 PM

lol

The terrorists at Gitmo are treated better than the VA patients under obama.

The terrorists are 1.5 to one doctor nor, no kidding. Used to be 5 to one doctor under GWB. They have zero waiting lists now.

Schadenfreude on May 23, 2014 at 12:55 PM

Well, DHS has indicated that they fear veterans to be potential terrorists, so maybe that would induce them to make reforms.

The frequent drug use would also disqualify him for any security clearance. Unfortunately, election as President bypasses the requirement for a security clearance. Maybe we should pass a law that in order to be elected to any national political office (President, Vice-President, Senator, or Representative) or be appointed to any position requiring Congressional approval, the individual would be required to pass a NAC (National Agency Check). That would effectively disqualify most Democrats from running for political office or serving in any Administration. :-)

GAlpha10 on May 23, 2014 at 1:27 PM

The politicians would game the requirements so only current incumbents and their anointed successors would “pass”.

Government is all about gaming.

AesopFan on May 23, 2014 at 4:01 PM

Theft via fraud. FBI needs to investigate, DOJ needs to prosecute. Will either happen? Not with this regime, but in general, the federal statute of limitations is five years, so a future administration could prosecute.

rbj on May 23, 2014 at 12:47 PM

If we leave this in the hands of the feds, nothing will ever be done about it and no one will pay for what they’ve done here.

Besides, we don’t need the feds. These people, every last one of them, died in the states. This is homicide, one way or the other. Start handcuffing federal employees and prosecuting them. Now.

runawayyyy on May 23, 2014 at 4:11 PM

this is pretty much meaningless without knowing the bonuses payed under bush and his three va secretaries.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on May 23, 2014 at 12:47 PM

If there was one single example of one single vet dying under the same circumstances during the Bush years, we’d already know about it. In fact, we’d know nothing else as that’s all we’d be hearing about.

And you know it.

But even if there are such deaths, referring to this as meaningless shows what an absolute POS you are.

runawayyyy on May 23, 2014 at 4:13 PM

All the crooked administrators need to be prosecuted for fraud. Too bad the real culprit Obama will walk. Bet the last thing he does is pardon everyone in his administration.

dgolfnut on May 23, 2014 at 1:32 PM

Fraud? Fraud??? They KILLED people!

Can we seriously not do better than fraud???

runawayyyy on May 23, 2014 at 4:20 PM

Before socialism turned civil servants into gods, the appropriate punishment for government scum who abused and killed veterans, would have been execution. WE HAVE NO ENEMIES ON EARTH AS BAD AS THESE BAGS OF MANURE.

MaiDee on May 23, 2014 at 6:49 PM

So that’s a cool $million+ in bonuses obtained at least in part by fraudulently reporting their wait time target compliance numbers.

It’s theft as surely as if they had embezzled the money and it should be criminally prosecuted. If anyone died as a result of their crimes the charges should be upgraded.

Nomas on May 24, 2014 at 7:28 AM