September 20, 2017

#VAFail – Audits show Choice Program payment errors costing millions

Inspector General for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Michael Missal sent a letter to VA Secretary David Shulkin last week outlining audit findings into payments made under the Veterans Choice Program. The shortened version: it’s not going well. The OIG is currently in the process of completing two audits, with a third audit to follow,… Read more »

September 18, 2017

#VAFail – VA only scheduling half the appointments it has available

A new report from the Washington Examiner claims that the Department of Veterans Affairs is only using half of its appointment capacity to make appointments for veterans, while thousands still wait more than a month to be seen by a doctor. While the VA has boasted that wait times have decreased over the years, nearly… Read more »

September 13, 2017

#VAFail – VA has much work to do on updating and streamlining its mailing process

Tough questions came down from members of the House Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations in attendance at yesterday’s hearings on the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) mail management. VA and Government Accountability Office (GAO) officials constituted a panel in today’s hearing to answer for waste, mismanagement, and inefficiency in the VA’s mail management… Read more »

September 13, 2017

#VAFAIL – Memphis VA Hospital, ‘House of Horrors,’ Ranked Among Worst Facilities for Veterans

Described by a former employee as “a house of horrors,” the Memphis VA Hospital is classified as one of the worst facilities for veteran safety in the country. Known for its low rating of one out of five stars on the VA’s official quality-of-care rankings, the Memphis VA Hospital has a history of substandard conditions… Read more »

September 8, 2017

#VAFail – IG confirms Tomah dentist’s misconduct

In December of last year, reports emerged that the Tomah, Wisconsin VA facility had possibly failed to adequately care for patients. Tomah isn’t new to scandalous behavior, as it’s the sight of massive over-prescribing of narcotics and therefore nicknamed “Candy Land.” But last year we learned that a dentist in the Tomah VA may have… Read more »

September 7, 2017

#VAFail – Poor recordkeeping leads to millions in improper payments

The Department of Veterans Affairs and Social Security Administration (SSA) aren’t on the same page when it comes to paying out benefits to deceased veterans, according to a new Inspector General report. $38 million in benefits have been paid out from the SSA to veterans that the VA has recorded as deceased. An additional $7… Read more »

August 25, 2017

VA Whistleblower gets slighted by Wisconsin Senator

Whistleblowers have played a major role in exposing misconduct and illegal activity throughout the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). In Phoenix, Brandon Coleman alerted the public to suicidal veterans being allowed to leave the Phoenix VA emergency room. Dr. Sam Foote also blew the whistle in Phoenix on manipulated wait times and patient deaths while… Read more »