By Mark Flatten | 09/09/13 05:56 PM
Top health care officials at the Department of Veterans Affairs apologized for a recent string of preventable patient deaths, but not for the big performance bonuses paid out afterwards, during a congressional field hearing in Pittsburgh Monday. The apologies followed tearful testimony from...
By Mark Flatten | 09/03/13 06:08 PM
New IRS demands that American Legion posts produce confidential documents they don't have in order to maintain their tax-exemption is a “disgusting” intrusion that could harm the charitable organization’s work for veterans, a top Legion official told the Washington Examiner.
By Mark Flatten | 08/29/13 03:40 PM
Rewarding failure at the Department of Veterans' Affairs is the theme of a web page launched Thursday by the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs to track examples of big bonuses paid to agency executives despite poor performance. As the Washington Examiner reported this week, top VA health...
By Mark Flatten | 08/27/13 04:47 AM
Generous bonuses continued flowing to top officials at the Department of Veterans' Affairs health network last year, despite a string of patient deaths and reports of mismanagement, unsanitary conditions and unprofessional practices.
By Mark Flatten | 08/23/13 04:35 PM
Performance bonuses were paid to Department of Veterans' Affairs doctors who were disciplined for practicing with an expired license, refusing to see emergency room patients, and leaving the operating room during surgery, according to a report issued Friday.
By Mark Flatten | 08/20/13 05:17 AM
President Obama's claim that the Department of Veterans Affairs is "turning the tide" on backlogged disability claims is premature because the costly push to bring the numbers down is unsustainable and could doom those seeking benefits to years-long waits in appeals, according to veterans'...
By Mark Flatten | 08/09/13 05:09 AM
The tough task for lawmakers is striking a balance that will prevent fraud but not harm legitimate service-disabled veterans with overly burdensome regulations. Last of a five-part series.
By Mark Flatten | 08/08/13 05:04 AM
Veterans preference fraud cost taxpayers billions of dollars every year, but federal prosecutions are rare. Investigations by the VA IG, which has been the most aggressive in policing the program, have led to 16 convictions in recent years. Part four of a five-part series.
By Mark Flatten | 08/07/13 06:48 AM
Recent studies by the Government Accountability Office and the VA's inspector general question the agency's claims that it has rooted out hucksters who lie about their service records or control of businesses to win lucrative federal set-aside and sole-source contracts.
By Mark Flatten | 08/06/13 05:12 AM
Lying won't get you banned from a federal program that gives preferential treatment in government contracting to companies owned by veterans with service-connected disabilities. If one agency catches you misrepresenting your qualifications, you can simply move on to the next one, which is...
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