Who's crunching the numbers at VA? (Wally)
Wally filling in. Rebecca heard about Ava filling in for Trina and called me to ask if I wanted to fill in. I told her I probably only had something pretty small but she said that was fine.
So in the snapshot today C.I. reports on a House Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Health hearing we attended yesterday. She's got a strong report as always.
I'm going to go with finances for my focus.
Jeff Miller is the Chair of the House Veterans Affairs Committee and he sat in with the Subcommittee to ask a number of questions.
He raised with the two VA employees on the first panel that the Committee's own research efforts had found that there are facilities, VA facilities, around the country where the money they requested for security and that Congress funded for that purpose is instead being spent on other things. As veterans and VA employees are being sexually assaulted at the VA, this diverting of funds is disturbing.
The VA's going to look into this.
Really? And we're supposed to believe that the Committee was able to research what the VA didn't already know?
If money's diverted, that should show up in a basic end of the year report. If it didn't, no audit was performed but, more importantly, documents were falsified. In which case, people need to be fired. This is not in dispute. Misusing the money -- especially money that was supposed to go to security -- can be seen as no different than stealing. My opinion.
Fact, if you falsify your budget records and you are a government employee, you can be fired.
So heads should roll.
Time and again, basic money issues that the VA should have been providing oversight on were, the witnesses insisted, something they're going to work on now. Now?
You were supposed to be doing that all along?
Maybe we should ask them to return their salaries because, clearly, if they don't know that money's being misused, if they don't know that this facility is understaffed, etc., they aren't doing their job.
Now here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"