Inappropriate relationships, executive bonuses at VA questioned by Congress

In a hearing that took place yesterday, congressional representatives who sit on the House Committee on Veteran’s Affairs criticized a bonus system at the VA that awarded $4.3 million to executives last year. Representative Phil Roe (R-Tenn.) questioned the sensitivity of performance bonuses that at times exceeded $60,000.

VA Deputy Secretary W. Scott Gould acknowledged that sensitivity is needed when making awards in the future, but that VA employees need the motivation of the awards. Gould also commented on internal issues such as nepotism and inappropriate relationships between VA employees.

An assistant inspector general for the VA testified that he’s confident the VA is taking actions to rectify internal problems discussed at the hearing.