Congress Questions Bonuses for VA Officials

The Associated Press reports:

“It is shocking and scandalous even by the VA’s own low standards that top officials at the VA would get performance bonuses when there’s a backlog of over 600,000 cases,” said Hall, chairman of the House Veterans Affairs subcommittee on disability assistance.

A list obtained by the AP of bonuses to senior career officials in 2006 documents a generous package of more than $3.8 million in payments by a financially strapped agency straining to help care for thousands of injured veterans returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan.

The disclosure prompted outrage among veterans groups and on Capitol Hill, where Democratic leaders have demanded an explanation from VA Secretary Jim Nicholson and said they would hold hearings to investigate. The VA says the bonuses were needed to help retain hardworking employees.
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