Federal veterans execs screw underlings

The Department of Veterans Affairs is suspending the head of the Veterans Benefits Administration for allowing two lower-ranking officials to manipulate the agency’s hiring system for their own gain.

Acting Veterans Benefits Administration [what the fuck is that?] chief Danny Pummill will be suspended without pay for 15 days for his role in a relocation scam that has roiled the agency for months.

If I am reading this story correctly, Pummill looked the other way while two of his people, Kimberly Graves and Diana Rubens, forced lower-ranking managers to accept job transfers and then stepped into the vacant positions themselves.

Nice huh?

Grave, Rubens and Pummill have all received slaps on the wrist.

But here’s the fun part: Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee says, “. . . this dysfunctional status quo will never change until we eliminate arcane civil service rules . . . ” What Miller fails to mention is that, without civil service rules, this kind of abuse will explode all over the federal bureaucracy. Miller is an idiot and he can BITE ME.

Source: Veterans Benefits Administration chief suspended in relocation scam

Why is the VA broken? Follow the money.

Your Bitemaster is usually skeptical about claims that Congress is in the pocket of big-money interests. But reporter Ryan Grim has laid out the opposite argument: since there are no deep-pocketed lobbyists looking to lavish campaign cash on members of the Veterans Affairs committees, the committees have become the dumping ground for the youngest and least-effective members of Congress.

Grim’s article, replete with facts and figures, proves:

  • no one wants to get on the VA committees
  • those that get stuck there have little incentive to do any work
  • those few members of the committees who might care to get something done are too junior or marginal to have any clout.

Here’s The Simple Reason Congress Hasn’t Fixed The VA.