90 Miles From Tyranny : Rick Perry: ‘Outrageous’ Lack of Accountability After Veterans Scandal

Friday, April 24, 2015

Rick Perry: ‘Outrageous’ Lack of Accountability After Veterans Scandal

Rick Perry, the former governor of Texas, says it is “outrageous” that so few people have been held accountable at the Department of Veterans Affairs after the Obama administration promised action would be taken against those found responsible for manipulating wait times at VA hospitals.

Internal documents obtained by the New York Times show that despite claims by the department that at least 14 people had been fired, only three actually have lost their jobs.

“It is outrageous that the Obama administration has not held people accountable for manipulating wait times in VA hospitals after promising to take action against those implicated in the scandal,” said Perry.

The documents reveal that the department punished only eight of the 280,000 employees. According to the Times, “one was fired, one retired in lieu of termination, one’s termination is pending, and five were reprimanded or suspended for up to two months.”

This falls far short of claims by VA officials.

Secretary Robert A. McDonald, who was appointed in the wake of the scandal, asserted...
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