The Stars & Stripes reports that the Department of Veterans’ Affairs has made the “no shit” decision to fore go any performance bonuses for their executive staff because of their inability to overcome the backlog of claims from veterans;
The announcement comes as the department faces increased scrutiny over the backlog, which has remained stagnant for more than a year. The number of disability and compensation claims pending more than 125 days has stayed near 600,000 for more than a year, and the average time to complete a claim now sits at more than nine months.
Critics have blamed the problem in part on underperforming employees and a lack of leadership among senior leaders.
VA officials could not say how much the forfeited bonuses will total. In fiscal 2011, senior executives throughout the department pulled in about $3.4 million in performance awards.
Well, at least the VA has finally admitted that they might be the problem. Now if they could just clean house and put some people in charge who could actually lead their staff.