Taxpayers pay millions for paid leave for health care providers

Taxpayers are paying millions for VA hospitals to keep health care providers with questionable records on paid leave for years, a Clarion-Ledger investigation has found. In 2014 alone, 2,560 employees at the Department of Veterans Affairs spent at least one month on paid leave (some the entire year), costing taxpayers $23 million — more than any other federal agency. “Because of the federal government’s dysfunctional civil service laws that put the job security of bureaucrats ahead of the safety of vetera

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