Wednesday post and ramblings–VA Corruption

What to write about?  Well, there is politics, which never seems to go away. It would be easy to take a couple shots at the ACA / Obamacare drama but I think I’ll just let it unfold.  I wrote before we voted in and continue to vote in those that create these programs so I’m just choking down the bitter pill. 

No, today I want to note the continued spending spree of another government agency, the Veterans Administration. It’s been reported that an IG investigation turned up the VA spending over 6.1 million dollars on two conference events in Orlando.  The IG’s report states that over $762,000  in un-authorized and wasteful spending was found.  Once again we see big government, big unaccountable government spending like royalty.  They even made a movie parody of Patton.  Do they never learn? 

According to reports the VA spent somewhere between 20 million and 100 million in 2011 on conferences. 

In August, the Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, Rep. Jeff Miller, and Ranking Member, Rep. Bob Filner, sent a letter to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, the Honorable Eric. K. Shinseki. The letter requested that VA detail all conference expenditures by the department since 2009, including clarifying whether VA spends $20 million on conferences annually, or $100 million, differing numbers cited in Congressional testimony by VA officials.

Upper level civil servants seem completely out of touch.  They aren’t working for us and like the politicians in Washington they seem to think it’s their money.  It happens in all Government agencies.  It’s taught in house.  The proper way of spending the peoples money for “morale” events.

Fear not though, our good civil servants gave themselves $43,000 in bonuses for their great management.  Well with some of the perks a really huge bonus wasn’t needed.

http://www.fiercegovernment.com/story/va-conference-spending-questionable-result-weak-oversight/2012-10-02

http://washingtonexaminer.com/watchdog-va-admits-spending-100-million-on-conferences-in-2011/article/2508603

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/oct/30/ex-va-exec-wont-testify-lavish-conference-spending/

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/committee-pushes-va-conference-spending-20731816

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