Congressman Pat Meehan (R-Pa7) has taken the lead in demanding reforms following a scathing report by the Department of Veterans Affairs regarding the Philadelphia Veterans Administration’s benefits office.
Meehan during a recent hearing points out the investigators “serious mistrust and fear of reprisals” Below is the video:
Tom C sent us this link to the testimony of embattled Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald, on Feb. 11, at a House hearing in which Congressman Mike Coffman (R-Co6) questioned him about scandalous cost overruns during construction a Denver VA hospital, which ended up with the general contractor demanding that the VA people overseeing the job be replaced with the Army Corps of Engineers.
McDonald, who once ran Procter & Gamble, sneered “I’ve run a large company, sir. What have you done?”
Coffman is a veteran of both the Marines and the Army and served as a light armored infantry officer in the Persian Gulf War and with the Marines in 2005 in Iraq.
We discovered this strange change of policy while searching for Carolyn Lerner’s testimony before the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee on July 8.
Ms. Lerner heads the U.S. Office of Special Counsel. She testified that her office was examining 67 claims of retaliation by VA supervisors against employees who filed whistleblower complaints. She said that they have come from 28 states and 45 separate facilities, and are still coming in daily. She said there has been 25 complaints filed since June 1.
This is a serious scandal. That it is seriously under-reported is as big a scandal.
Fortunately you can find her testimony on C-Span as per below:
VA Management Accountability Act passed the House by a 390-33 vote on May 21 only to see it squelched by Harry Reid.
Further, the Senate Democrats are closing ranks to protect Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki who ignored problems at the government-run health care system that led to dozens of veterans deaths and much unnecessary suffering due to long waiting lines caused by mismanagement and corruption.
The Democrat Party clearly feels its mission is to represent the state bureaucrats and not the average citizen nor those who have risked all to keep them safe.