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:
As Jacqueline Klimas of the Washington Times reports:
Every one of the almost 500 senior executives at the Veterans Affairs Department has been “outstanding,” “exceeds fully successful,” or “fully successful” since fiscal 2010, said Gina Farrisee, assistant secretary for human resources and administration, on Friday before a hearing of the House Veterans Affairs Committee.
Comforting to know. And one suspects that the performance of “senior executives” at the IRS has been similarly exemplary. And at the EPA. HUD. HHS. And on and on, through the entire alphabet and all the corridors of Washington where excellence on the job is just barely satisfactory. And everyone gets a bonus.
2:47 PM, Jun 11, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Jake Tapper has a report of VA officials telling members of Congress to buzz off, more or less, when they came looking for information about the sort of thing that has been in the news lately – lost patients, long waits for this who are not lost, and a clever bookkeeping system for covering it up.
4:09 PM, Jun 3, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The problems at the VA cannot be laid at the feet of the unions that represent its workers. A leader of one of those unions says so. This astonishing news is reported by Charles S.
3:44 PM, Jun 3, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
General Shinseki may be gone but his leaving has not salvaged the reputation of the VA.
1:08 PM, May 29, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
One of the more intriguing aspects of the VA health care scandal is the way the paperwork was creatively done to make it appear that the system was operating as it was meant to.
Visit VP Biden.1:10 PM, May 27, 2014 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES
The expletives were flying during a ceremony for wounded warriors at the vice president's residence on Memorial Day.
6:46 PM, May 24, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
In his weekly address, President Obama referred to care for veterans as part of a "sacred trust to all who've served." He said our nation has to do "much more … to make sure all our veterans get the care they deserve."
The comments come amid criticism of the President Obama's Department of Veterans Affairs has been treating veterans. And the comments come just days before Memorial Day.
2:33 PM, May 23, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The VA story is still unfolding and the consensus seems to be that it will be with us for a while. Which makes the eagerness of some not-in-office political hacks to wade in all the more unseemly.
Told to cancel his plan.9:14 AM, May 22, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
It's not just veterans at VA hospitals who are having trouble finding care. One young Marine veteran in California can't find a doctor who will accept his Anthem Blue Cross insurance plan he purchased through Covered California, the state's Obamacare exchange. KPIX-TV reports:
12:06 PM, May 15, 2014 • By MICHAEL ASTRUE
I did not get to know Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki when we served together in the Obama administration, but in our limited interactions I liked him. He struck me as polite, smart, earnest and hard-working. Over time he resisted the ego-tripping that many agency heads find irresistible in Washington.
1:15 PM, Apr 28, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Senior writer Stephen F. Hayes led a discussion last Wednesday with North Carolina senator Richard Burr and Concerned Veterans for America on the need for Congress to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs. Watch the entire event below: