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HVAC Webpage To Track VA’s Pattern of Rewarding Failure

Aug 29, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Today, Chairman Jeff Miller launched VA Accountability Watch, a new web component of Veterans.House.Gov designed to highlight the Department of Veterans Affairs’ growing pattern of rewarding failure. View the page here.

VA Accountability Watch is dedicated to showing America’s veterans and American taxpayers how the department’s widespread and systemic lack of accountability may actually be encouraging more veteran suffering instead of preventing it.

The page documents more than a dozen instances in which the department has rewarded VA executives who have presided over a host of heartbreaking management failures, including preventable veteran deaths, infectious disease outbreaks, and benefit and construction delays.

Despite the fact that multiple VA Inspector General reports have linked many VA patient care problems to widespread mismanagement and GAO findings that VA bonus pay has no clear link to performance, the department has consistently defended its celebration of executives who presided over these events, while giving them glowing performance reviews and cash bonuses of up to $63,000.

“First and foremost, VA Accountability Watch is about ensuring our veterans get the care and benefits they deserve, but it’s also an effort to protect those who work for VA. The vast majority of the department’s more than 300,000 employees are dedicated and hard working. They deserve better than to have the reputation of their organization dragged through the mud by a bunch of executives who are too busy patting themselves on the back to take responsibility for their own incompetence. By educating America’s veterans and American taxpayers about VA's long and well-documented history of rewarding failure, we hope to enlist their help in our quest to end the culture of complacency that is contributing to many of the department’s most serious problems. VA executives who fail in their jobs shouldn’t receive bonuses or glowing performance reviews. They should be disciplined or fired. We think the American people will agree.” – Rep. Jeff Miller, Chairman, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs