3:24 PM, Aug 22, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Dennis Wagner of the Arizona Republic writes that:
More than two months after Sharon Helman was suspended as director of Phoenix's VA Health Care System, she remains on the payroll collecting regular checks and benefits despite passage of a new federal statute targeting accountability in the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Arizona’s Senator John McCain has noticed and is not happy about this:
Right now, the ... people who really were responsible here in Phoenix, they're on (paid) administrative leave," McCain said. "What does that mean? What message does that send?”
The answer to that question is simple enough. This is the government. And it does not things its own way.
Meanwhile the VA’s new secretary, Robert McDonald:
... has said he is moving as swiftly as possible to remove administrators for cause. But he declined to say how many employees are facing discipline in connection with the health-care scandal, and he emphasized that anyone accused has a right to due process.
"You've got to treat that person with respect," McDonald told reporters. "We can't talk to you about names, we can't talk to you about individuals, even though that's what you'd like. We can't do that because that would be disrespectful. ... I can tell you, we are going to hold people accountable.”
9:34 AM, Aug 18, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The legislative fix has been passed and signed into law, along with a generous appropriation of new money. Also, a new top person has been named and confirmed. So time to move on from the VA and its woes. But before doing so, consider the magnitude of the problems and their duration.
11:20 AM, Aug 13, 2014 • By PETE HEGSETH
With the overwhelmingly bipartisan vote for the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014, Congress passed the most significant reforms to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in decades. And, right on cue, here come the grumblings from the second-guessers.
3:34 PM, Aug 6, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The big bill to reform Veterans Affairs will be signed tomorrow. With, no doubt, much ceremony and patting of backs. Washington has done it again. Rescued the rest of us from … Washington.
9:23 AM, Jul 28, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Agreement has been reached on the particulars of a bill that supporters say will fix the VA’s problem and as Matthew Daly of the AP reports:
Jul 28, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 43 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
The twilight of the scandal-plagued Obama administration is upon us, and voters are faced with a real conundrum. Which of the failures of progressive governance should be confronted first? The Mideast is an even more blood-drenched goat rodeo than pessimists predicted. There are 50,000 illegal immigrant children warehoused at the border. The IRS is starting to bear a resemblance to the Stasi. Then there’s the roiling Obamacare disaster, and the related politically driven crusade against religious liberty. The Bergdahl swap. Benghazi. Fast and Furious. One could go on.
4:38 PM, Jul 16, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Bureaucrats at the Veterans Affairs are working hard … to keep stonewalling investigations into the slovenly, corrupt, and criminal performance of it responsibilities. As Mark Flatten of the Washington Examiner reports:
10:38 AM, Jul 11, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Veterans Affairs, following the iron law of institutional self-interest, has been paying its people well – improperly and, possibly, illegally so – at the expense of it supposed “clients” and its mission.
10:07 AM, Jul 9, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The ineptitude and corruption at the VA were examined last night at congressional hearings and the revelations were dismaying but not necessarily shocking. It is no longer news that the VA is broken so the details of how bonuses were paid to senior bureaucrats for covering up the problems and whistleblowers were punished for reporting them have begun to lose their shock value.
8:14 AM, Jul 9, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
A Veterans Affairs whistleblower says he experienced "harassment" after he contacted White House aide Rob Nabors about problems at the VA:
11:31 AM, Jul 7, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Reporting on the Veterans Affairs, its problems, and what Congress might do to solve them, Craig Harris and Michelle Ye Hee Lee of the Arizona Republic are not terribly encouraging. They write that:
11:12 AM, Jul 1, 2014 • By MICHAEL ASTRUE
Now that Washington has acknowledged cultural malaise and a broad failure to provide timely access to health care at the Department of Veterans Affairs, Congress and the executive branch are competing frantically to show the public how hard they are working to fix that failure.
2:17 PM, Jun 27, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
David Jackson of USA Today reports that President Obama told an audience, yesterday, that Washington is out of touch and obsessed with politics. Or something like that. And that instead of focusing on things that are important to the average citizen, Washington is peddling:
9:12 AM, Jun 24, 2014 • By PETE HEGSETH
Forty-four years after the legendary May 1970 Life magazine cover story first exposed the disgusting and shameful mistreatment of our nation’s Vietnam-era veterans in government medical facilities, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is once again in desperate need of reform. Courageous whistleblowers have exposed systemic corruption and exposed falsified records, secret waiting lists, and delayed care — representing yet another scandalous and unconscionable neglect of our nation’s veterans.
3:25 PM, Jun 20, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The people who run the VA are doing great work and they know this because they have been telling themselves so: