This will not be the last Veterans Affairs scandal until someone goes to prison.
The Washington Times reports,
Another veterans scandal hit the Obama administration Wednesday with the emergence of an internal Veterans Affairs memo that allowed bureaucrats to cook their books and assert they were answering diligently President Obama’s call to reduce the backlog of veterans’ benefits claims.
The memo was known inside the VA as “Fast Letter 13-10,” and a government watchdog said Wednesday this “flawed” guidance from VA headquarters in Washington deliberately resulted in making the agency appear it was delivering services and benefits to veterans faster than it really was.
The VA inspector general examined the impact of the memo, issued in May 2013, on the Philadelphia VA office — one of the largest in the nation, serving more than 825,000 veterans and their families in three states. Investigators found that VA managers, using “Fast Letter 13-10” as their justification, ordered workers to put the current date on benefits claims that were sometimes more than a year old, thereby “eliminating” part of the highly publicized backlog with the stroke of a pen or time stamp.
The inspector general said it was just the sort of fiction that VA headquarters sought.
“By design, the guidance contained in Fast Letter 13-10 was flawed, as it required [Philadelphia] staff to adjust the dates of claims for unadjudicated claims found in claims folder to reflect a current date,” the report said. “As such, the reliability of all performance measures related to [agency] timeliness measures for processing claims becomes unreliable.”
Just to review a few highlights. The Veterans Affairs hospitals used secret lists in order to pretend they were serving veterans’ medical needs when they were actually neglecting them. The Obama Administration used the VA’s fraudulent reputation to promote how great Obamacare would be (this much is true, the VA scandal does reveal what Obamacare is going to do to all of us). The whistleblowers were punished in some cases by using their private medical records against them. The government set them up with a sweetheart auditor. They rewarded incompetent pharmacists. The head of the VA lied about his military record. In the meantime, one bureaucrat was paid over a quarter of a million dollars to relocate from Washington DC to Philadelphia—while veterans languished!
The VA is a seething pile of corruption.