Friday, April 11, 2014

Veterans Affairs Scrutinized Over Rehiring of Employee After Fatal Incident

Though Fillingim resigned his job in November 2010, five months after the incident, the I-Team learned he was rehired in March 2011, to a different post in a VA office in Georgia. Fillingim was rehired despite being the subject of an ongoing federal investigation into misconduct. Fillingim has retained the job ever since, despite investigators ruling he misused a government vehicle by driving it “intoxicated."
House Committee on Veterans Affairs Chairman Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.), during the Thursday hearing, called the incident "egregious" and asked a VA deputy secretary to provide details about who decided to rehire Fillingim and why. Miller also asked, "Why isn't drinking and driving a government vehicle a fire-able offense?"

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