I’m sure that those of you who have been waiting for your claims at the Veterans’ Affairs Department will be happy to know that it’s been disclosed that the Department is now stammering to oversight committees about the 5 million smackers they spent on conferences in Orlando according to Fox News;
Issa questioned why the VA hired an outside group to make the video when the department “has videographers and editors on staff.”
Issa also wrote that another $84,000 was spent on “promotional items such as branded pens, highlighters, hand sanitizers and USB drives.”
The weeklong conferences were hosted by the Office of Human Resources. As with the GSA scandal, Issa said “waste also occurred in the pre-conference planning phase.” Issa wrote that the IG found at least seven workers at VA headquarters traveled to Nashville, Dallas and Orlando before the conference to scout locations — using taxpayer money, even though the department already had employees in each of those cities.
Yeah, why put local assets to work when you can pay more for someone else to do it. Besides we know all of those DVA employees are all busy processing those veteran disability claims which are piling up.
But don’t worry, the guy who bought his first load of black berets from China while they were holding an aircraft crew hostage, says that he’s sorry he got caught misusing taxpayer funds;
“Allegations of misconduct received by the VA Office of Inspector General regarding two training conferences in 2011 are unacceptable,” the department said in a written statement, adding that it is cooperating with the investigation. It said Shinseki plans to “hold accountable” anyone who “misused taxpayer dollars or violated our standards of conduct.”
So, I’m sure there will be a timely resolution and heads will roll, but not Shinseki’s head. I’m taking bets on that.