Chairman Miller Statement on VA’s Refusal to Fire VA Scandal Figure Sharon Helman
Chairman Jeff Miller released the following statement today regarding the Department of Veterans Affairs’ continued refusal to fire Phoenix VA Health Care System Director Sharon Helman.
“This isn’t complicated. If VA has the evidence needed to fire Sharon Helman, which it says it does, it should fire her. Keeping Helman and other Phoenix executives on the payroll when the department wants to fire them is nothing more than a waste of taxpayer dollars. The Department of Justice has already said it doesn’t mind if Helman is fired, so VA’s excuses as to why taxpayers must continue to pay her nearly $170,000 a year for doing nothing are simply hot air. This is precisely the type of situation that makes the average citizen lose faith in their government and causes quality health care professionals to think twice when considering whether to work at VA. If VA wants to rebuild its reputation with veterans and the prospective health care employees it says it needs, then it should stop making excuses for the villains of the VA scandal and get serious about purging them from the payroll.” – Rep. Jeff Miller, Chairman, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs