VA Gives MILLIONS In Bonuses Despite 500,000 Vets Awaiting Disability Benefits
If this sounds like a sick joke, it isn’t. While 500,000 veterans are stuck on the VA’s backlog, the administration is handing out $5.5million in bonuses to employees!!
Vets on the backlog have been waiting over 120 days for their claims to be processed and only minimal progress has been made to address this problem. In fact, it’s so bad that 53 veterans die a day awaiting health benefits!
To make matters worse, check out some of the notable bonus allotments:
- The VA’s regional office in Oakland, Calif., gave about 90 percent of its employees bonuses despite having to temporarily shut down operations to retrain its underperforming workers
- A Baltimore office where about 40 percent of workers receive a bonus despite the office’s having the longest wait time nationally.
There is currently a petition demanding an immediate fix to the veteran backlog at www.veteranbacklog.com and we urge you all to sign and share it!!
Two-thirds of employees at the Department of Veteran Affairs, which has been the subject of widespread criticism for its excessive delays in providing veterans their benefits, received bonuses at the end of 2011 for “excellent” or “outstanding” performance. Additionally, employees at some of the department’s most ineffective offices were more likely to receive bonuses than workers at some of its most productive offices.
The VA’s regional office in Oakland, Calif., gave about 90 percent of its employees bonuses despite having to temporarily shut down operations to retrain its underperforming workers and, in a Baltimore office, about 40 percent of workers receive a bonus despite the office’s having the longest wait time nationally, according to a News21 investigation. Yet, at the Sioux Falls, S.D., office, which processes claims up to four times more efficiently than Oakland, less than a tenth of its employees saw a bonus, the same investigation found.
Overall, employees received about $5.5 million in bonuses. According to the report, the department’s performance standards encourage workers to push aside more complicated claims and process easier ones to ensure their job security and qualify for extra pay through a points system. One Veterans Benefits Administration official said in defense of the bonuses, ”There are many, many employees who are exceeding their minimum standards, and they deserve to be recognized for that.”
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