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GAO Study Addresses VA Bonuses

August 30, 2013 - FRA

FRA — A recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report indicates that Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) employees have received millions of dollars in “excellent” performance bonuses while disabled veterans experience exorbitant delays in the adjudication of their disability claims.  GAO confirmed gaps in information, a need to more appropriately administer this type of performance award and improve oversight to ensure that medical centers comply with award requirements.

“I am very disappointed in these findings,” said House Veterans Affairs Committee Ranking Member Michael Michaud (Maine), who requested the study. “When I requested this evaluation, it was due to concerns that were raised through hearings and other forums that health care providers (at the VA) were being given performance pay and awards when they did not deserve it.  This report appears to confirm that perception.”

FRA is closely monitoring the backlog of disability claims and advocating a solution to the continuing problem for too many of our nation’s veterans, which is also a violation of the nation’s solemn commitment to properly care for disabled veterans.

A copy of the GAO report is available at http://www.gao.gov/assets/660/656185.pdf

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