Congress Probes ‘Shockingly Unethical Misuse Of Funds’ By Veterans Affairs Executives

Lawmakers Probe ‘Shockingly Unethical Misuse Of Funds’ By Two VA Executives – Weasel Zippers


Meanwhile, the Dem candidates are yapping about prison reform and Black lives matter.

Via Stars and Stripes:

Senior members of Congress are investigating the case of two Veterans Affairs executives accused of abusing their positions to get plum jobs and perks, part of a pattern of unjustified moving incentives and transfers identified by the agency’s watchdog.

The House Veterans’ Affairs Committee has scheduled a hearing on the alleged abuses for Wednesday.

And earlier this week, the chairman, ranking member and two others on the Senate panel that oversees the Department of Veterans Affairs called on Secretary Bob McDonald to hold the benefits executives accountable for what they called a “shockingly unethical misuse of funds.”

“Our committee confirmed your nomination to fundamentally overhaul and reform this struggling agency,” the senators wrote in a letter released Tuesday, signed by Chairman Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), top Democrat Sen. Richard Blumenthal (Connecticut) and Sens. Patty Murray (D-Washington) and Dean Heller (R-Nev.). “But, unfortunately, it is clear… that your well-intentioned and meaningful efforts to change the culture of VA have not yet taken hold.”

The senators asked McDonald to document “any actions you are taking” to stop the practice of “inappropriate” job relocations and provide them with a plan to overhaul the approval and reimbursement process for relocations – in particular, a program where the government buys employees’ homes.

They also demanded documentation of any federal personnel requirements that prohibit agencies from lowering the salaries of senior executives who are transferred to new jobs that carry less responsibility.

Deputy Inspector General Linda Halliday reported in September that two senior executives gamed VA’s moving-expense system for $400,000 in what she described as questionable reimbursements, with taxpayers paying $300,000 for one of them to relocate 140 miles, from the District to Philadelphia.

Diana Rubens and Kimberly Graves “inappropriately used their positions of authority for personal and financial benefit when they participated personally and substantially in creating opportunities for their own transfers to positions they were interested in filling,” investigators found.

Rubens and Graves kept their salaries of $181,497 and $173,949, respectively, even though the new positions they took as directors of the Philadelphia and St. Paul, Minnesota, regional offices had less responsibility, overseeing a fraction of the employees at lower pay levels. Rubens had been deputy undersecretary for field operations.

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Alabama Condo Association Tells Soldier To Take Down American Flag… Shockingly, People Have A Problem With This

Alabama Condo Association Tells Soldier To Take Down American Flag… Shockingly, People Have A Problem With This – Weasel Zippers

When will people learn asking someone to take down an American flag is never going to end well?

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – A request to remove an American flag at an Alabama condo complex has caused an online uproar and sparred a Facebook sharing frenzy.

WHNT reports that a soldier and his wife, who live at the Stepping Stone Condominiums in Huntsville, received a note Monday stating that they had to remove their flag.

The note said the American flag violated the the condo homeowners association’s bylaws — and urged the couple to remove the flag as soon as possible to keep the community tidy.

WHNT reports that after word spread about the letter, the Patriot Guard showed up and was standing guard with American flags near the couple’s condo.

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