VA doesn't have 'legal authority' to require executives to return $400K they received in job transfer scam

Earlier this month I told you about how The Department of Veterans Affairs reportedly paid out more than $142 million in performance bonuses in 2014 despite a string of scandals inside the agency.
The bonuses continued even after former VA Secretary Eric Shinseki, who resigned last year amid the scandal over falsified wait-times, suspended certain bonuses. But that move only restricted bonuses for senior execs in the embattled Veterans Health Administration. 
The VA continued to pay bonuses to other workers in other departments, including those facing their own controversies. 
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Now the AP is reporting this wonderful news:
The Department of Veterans Affairs will not try to recoup more than $400,000 from two senior VA executives who manipulated the hiring system to get their jobs of choice and received hundreds of thousands in extra money to relocate.
The most transparent administration evah has remained silent on questions about its decision to demote and transfer but not fire executives Diana Rubens and Kimberly Graves, and whether it would collect repayment of those relocation benefits.

Photo from disabledveterans.org

Photo from disabledveterans.org


On Sept. 28, 2015, the VA Inspector General’s office issued a report finding that Rubens and Graves had “inappropriately used their positions of authority for personal and financial benefit” by arranging the transfer of subordinates whose jobs they wanted and then volunteering to fill the vacancies.
When asked about the determination by the Office of General Counsel and whether criminal charges would be referred against Rubens and Graves, the Office of Inspector General said, “We do not have information that is responsive to your questions,” and deferred questions of possible prosecution to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Neither that office nor the Department of Justice immediately responded to a query on the issue.
“This move is an insult to veterans and taxpayers, who are left footing the bill,” Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., who chairs the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs, said in a statement Tuesday.

Curtis Kalin, spokesman for the nonprofit Citizens Against Government Waste, said the VA’s systemic problems “not only hurt taxpayers, but cost some veterans their lives.”

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japoa
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What a country !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!……….The V.A. does not have the legal right to recoup fraudulent expenditures , but has the right to deny medical services to veterans , WOW ………………….

budfundi
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budfundi

Too bad the states couldn’t get their sh&t together and withhold paying the fed any tax money until they snapped out of it.
Like millions of Americans, I’m sick and tired of the fed raping our livelihoods and handing out billions to our enemies.

Anonymous
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Bureaucrats can always find reasons to avoid things they don’t like…

Auntie Lulu
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Auntie Lulu

I for one feel it is rather questionable that two employees, each having high level positions, make the choice to take lower grade position due to there being less stress–yet they retain the pay that is allocated to an employee working the higher level job. Does anyone else thing this is N-U-T-S??? If you had been working as the Manager of a movie theater, but decided that you would rather just work the concession stand, due to it being a less stress job–you can bet your bottom dollar that your pay would be lowered to reflect the duties your were… Read more »

Auntie Lulu
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Auntie Lulu

My goodness, my thinking is really disjointed today . . . Great Post DCG–keep ’em comin!

Dr. Eowyn
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Thank you, DCG, for keeping us informed about the latest VA corruption. It is up to Congress to hold the VA under Obama’s mis-administration to account. Nothing will be done about this, but you and FOTM are doing this for historical record so that future generations will know how and when the former USA committed suicide.

Dave
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Dave

Arrest them all, throw their asses into the slammer, destroy the keys and weld the doors shut.
Seems simple enough to me.
-Dave

madmemere
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Congressman Isakson shouldn’t be asking “silly questions” – -he should be pursuing charges against the perpetrators; he IS in a position to do exactly that!

Glenn47
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Glenn47

The inspector says he doesn’t have the information? Really? Then he should resign or get his rear in gear and get that information.
This is unbelievable. No one is in charge, but they all abuse the system and the heck with getting the business done, they were hired to do in the first place.
Good grief, give me 90 days in charge of DC, and you will see colonics in action.