CVA: Abuse of VA Relocation Program Shows Need for Accountability
Arlington, Va. – Concerned Veterans for America (CVA) CEO Pete Hegseth released the following statement in response to this evening’s House Veterans’ Affairs Committee hearing on the abuse of the Department of Veterans Affairs employee relocation program:
“Tonight’s hearing on the abuse of the Veterans Benefits Administration’s employee relocation program, in which VA executives betrayed the public trust to enrich themselves during a federal pay freeze while VA Secretary Bob McDonald complained of a resource crisis, shines yet another light on the toxic culture plaguing the VA.
“In fact, the VA refuses to disclose what type of disciplinary action it is considering against these senior leaders, despite the VA inspector general having confirmed more than a month ago that they engaged in misconduct. Veterans are demanding accountability in overwhelming numbers, yet in testimony tonight, Principal Deputy Under Secretary for Benefits Danny Pummill declared he would have approved every one of these unethical personnel moves again. Instead of embracing accountability, McDonald and top leaders at the VA have shown they are comfortable being part of the problem, not part of the solution.
“Those charged with taking care of our veterans should have to play by the same rules as everyone else — if you fail to perform, or engage in unethical conduct on the job, you should be held accountable. Tonight’s hearing is a step in the right direction, but what is needed most is a culture change at the VA, starting with the removal of Ms. Graves and Ms. Rubens.”
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