Skip to comments.More VA employees said they were told to falsify data
Posted on 07/29/2014 10:30:10 PM PDT by lilyramone
Roughly half the schedulers at multiple Veterans Affairs hospitals said they received instructions from supervisors to falsify data and hide the true time it took patients to be seen by a doctor after making an appointment, new details from an internal VA audit show.
Schedulers said supervisors directed them to manipulate information so their centers could meet performance goals, which would help top officials get bonuses, according to documents obtained by CNN.
The new information also provided to Congress this week includes updates from specific VA hospitals that were not included in an internal audit released last month by the embattled agency.
The ongoing saga involves multiple investigations into delayed care, potentially with deadly results, alarming management shortcomings and a culture that was said to have compromised the mission of providing prompt and effective medical care to millions of veterans, some of them returning soldiers from Iraq and Afghanistan.
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You have to be kidding. CNN is actually reporting news that does not fit their agenda? I do not believe it, the news or what they are reporting. Remember, I do not own a TV.
Conspiracy to commit fraud, fraud and manslaughter by fraud. I’d up it to conspiracy to commit murder for money, but I think Lois Lerner at the IRS should be held accountable for the loss of evidence in a case pending, and as some in the legal community have illustrated, the evidence is assumed to be adverse. I also think that this should be a precedent for the IRS if that does not happen, making it the rules the IRS is forced to abide by.
In a mood of course.
I guess two out of the three, 66%, of their viewing audience complained and they did not want to lose their viewing base.
V A ping.
Shameful! Absolutely SHAMEFUL!
“I guess two out of the three, 66%, of their viewing audience complained and they did not want to lose their viewing base.”
LOL More people will probably become aware of the CNN story by reading FR than people watching CNN.
Obama has made a statement and issued a hashtag. There is no more problem.
This is typical MBA management. All that matters is that arbitrary goals are set and that they are met by juggled numbers so that bonuses can be handed out to management no matter what.
If the government was serious about this issue, the government would already be advising employees to pay back their falsely obtained bonuses. In addition the higher ups who condoned and directed these practices would be fired and prosecuted.
I once worked for a large corporation that took this type of fraudulent behavior by management very seriously. If a VP or senior manager was believed to be falsifying reporting an investigative team from the corporate office would show up at the operating unit unannounced to review the books and interview employees. Within days there would be resignations, new managers in place, and evidence turned over to the federal or state district attorney for prosecution. It didn’t happen often because people understood the consequences of inappropriate behavior.
If the VA problem is widespread, even more reason to clean house quickly and prosecute. There are plenty of capable and ethical private sector managers who could already be put in place to shift the culture and improve performance with a sense of urgency. The absence of decisive action is more evidence nether Congress or the administration cares about rooting out corruption or criminal behavior in the bureaucracy.
“If the VA problem is widespread, even more reason to clean house quickly and prosecute. “
Wouldn’t that be fantastic! But, sadly, these federal employees, through their unions have bullet proof contracts. It’s virtually impossible to fire these people. Btw, we have the sainted JFK to thank for this. In 1962 by an executive order he granted federal employee unions collective bargaining rights. And, their power has grown along with their corruption. The only way to clean up not just the VA but virtually every federal organization is to rescind this executive order. Maybe, just maybe, in 2016 the GOP will elect a POTUS with the stones to do that. However, of the various potential candidates I’ve seen, Ted Cruz is the only one who should have the courage to take this on.
“Maybe, just maybe, in 2016 the GOP will elect a POTUS with the stones to do that. However, of the various potential candidates Ive seen, Ted Cruz is the only one who should have the courage to take this on.”
A third President Bush, President Romney, or President Christie would enlarge the bureaucracy but claim to make it more “efficient”.