Congressional hearings lead to media hyping lead to nothing being done, decades of, repeat when political, Poser, patriotic points are needed, over and over and over........! This built to more then even just hyper media 'scandal' ranks, still ongoing in using Veterans as political fodder while still not 'sacrificing' themselves, with politics being brought across the entrances and into the VA facilities to enhance the, oft repeated, 'scandals', created by inaction of the peoples representatives but blamed on the mostly, extremely, dedicated VA personal!
February 29, 2016 - We expect OIG to release summaries of all 77 completed investigations, and to complete and report findings on more than 30 other site-specific investigations, over the next few months. Many of the investigations that have looked into potential scheduling irregularities examine a point in time going back to when the Department requested that OIG review the Access Audit findings from early 2014, almost two years ago.
The report summaries released today will present new information to many Veterans and other stakeholders. However, in response to these concerns, accountability actions have already been taken where appropriate, and additional training and efforts to increase access to care have been underway since 2014 when these issues were discovered.
It is important to note that OIG has not substantiated any case in which a VHA Senior Executive or other senior leader intentionally manipulated scheduling data. In 25 of the 77 OIG completed investigations, OIG found no scheduling irregularity. In 18 of the remaining 52 reports, OIG substantiated intentional misuse of scheduling systems and provided this information to OAR. In 12 of those reports, OAR substantiated individual misconduct warranting discipline. From those 12 reports, 29 employees have been disciplined with actions ranging from admonishment to removal. This includes three employees who retired or resigned with discipline pending.
Since 2014, VA has been working diligently to increase access to care and improve scheduling processes. We have increased capacity, both inside VA and by relying on more community care resulting in almost 20 million additional hours of care for Veterans. read more>>>