Friday, August 9, 2013

Congress Probes VA’s Finances

Based on news reports the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) continues to earn an unfortunate reputation as an irresponsible spender in some areas:
  • The Hill reported  that Congress subpoenaed VA Secretary Eric Shinseki for more information about two week-long conferences that cost the agency more than $6 million dollars.
  • Last October the head of human resources for the VA resigned after a 142 page VA Office of the Inspector General report confirmed $762,000 in “unauthorized, unnecessary, and/or wasteful expenses” during two conferences held in Orlando, Florida.
  • In July the department spend a whopping $2 million dollars on advertising on Facebook. That’s a lot.
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