Chairman Miller Statement on VA’s Inability to Discipline Diana Rubens
WASHINGTON, D.C.— Today Chairman Miller released the below statement regarding a judge’s ruling that reversed VA’s attempt to discipline employee Diana Rubens. A September 2015 VA Inspector General report found that Rubens and fellow VA employee Kimberly Graves had abused their authority, enabling them to rake in a total of more than $400,000 in taxpayer-funded relocation benefits.
“Once again, VA’s long and well documented aversion to accountability is creating major problems for the agency. For the second time in less than a week, a judge prevented VA from disciplining an employee involved in a relocation scandal because of the department’s refusal to hold accountable other workers linked to the same scandal. Today’s decision, along with a similar one last week, provides irrefutable proof of two facts: VA isn’t consistently and fairly holding employees accountable and – contrary to the repeated assertions of department officials – VA leaders do not have the authority they need to swiftly discipline misbehaving employees. It’s time for VA and Obama administration leaders to be honest with the American people about the federal government’s accountability problem and work with Congress to solve it. If not, veterans, taxpayers as well as the many federal employees who play by the rules will continue to suffer under this dysfunctional status quo.” – Rep. Jeff Miller, Chairman, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs
Jan. 29, 2016