Which federal agency’s employees performed so well in 2011 that they received $194,000,000 in performance bonuses?
VA Silent on Exec Bonuses for Manipulated Data
A year after testifying that some executives received bonuses by manipulating appointment data for veterans needing mental health care, a former Department of Veterans Affairs hospital administrator said officials have avoided the issue “like the plague.”
“They avoid it with a 10-foot pole,” Nicholas Tolentino told Military.com in a telephone interview Monday……..
Overall, the VA paid out about $194 million in bonuses in 2011, according to testimony during the hearing.
Watchdog: Second VA official quits after wasteful conferences spotlighted
Another top Department of Veterans Affairs official has resigned in the wake of Inspector-General reports criticizing two “Patton parody” employee training conferences, The Washington Examiner has learned.
Alice Muellerweiss, dean of the VA Learning University that hosted the conferences, resigned effective immediately, Rafael Torres, acting assistant secretary for human resources and administration, said in an announcement to his staff Friday afternoon.
The VA confirmed her departure in a statement today issued in response to this newspaper.
Muellerweiss’ former boss, John Sepulveda, left VA in September 2012 after a VA Inspector General’s probe found hundreds of thousands of dollars were wasted at the training conferences, held in Orlando in July and August of 2011…
House Veterans committee seeks information on VA conference spending
Posted by Steve Vogel on November 28, 2012 at 6:00 am In the wake of a scathing inspector general’s report this fall, the House Committee on Veterans Affairs will hold a hearing Wednesday morning seeking more information on the amount of money spent on conferences by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Rep. Jeff Miller, (R-Fla.), the chairman of the committee, said Tuesday that the VA “has been evasive” in providing Congress with the exact figures despite the committee’s request…. The VA’s top human resources official resigned in connection with a investigation released Oct. 1 by the agency’s office of inspector general into more than $6 million spent by the VA on two training conferences in Orlando last year. The report found that department conference planners allowed up to $762,000 in unauthorized or wasteful spending and accepted gifts including spa treatments and entertainment. The House committee “will specifically examine the lack of answers and information received from the Department of Veterans Affairs” concerning conference spending over the past four years, according to a statement. “To be spending large amounts of money on conferences in today’s fiscal climate is irresponsible, and especially in light of the recent IG findings, which estimated that nearly $1 million was wasted by VA employees on frivolous expenditures,” Miller said Tuesday.
Filner Statement on IG Investigation Regarding Questionable Spending Relating to VA Human Resources Conferences
During the worst economic period since the Great Depression is your organization spending money on conferences like this?
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