Senior officials in charge of benefit claims will be paying a personal price for the huge backlog. The VA announced Monday that bonuses will be blocked for those officials, and the money used to help reduce the backlog, The Associated Press reports.
Brig. Gen. Lewis Boone wrote a letter to USA Today challenging the paper's report that the Army is unhappy with the pace of VA's processing of disability claims, saying "the partnership between the VA and Army is improving the disability evaluation process."
The agency violated federal law and its own rules by routinely transmitting sensitive information over unencrypted networks, including Social Security Numbers and dates of birth, the Washington Guardian reported.
An Associated Press analysis showed that the Department of Veterans Affairs was one of many federal agencies that censored files that the public requested last year under the Freedom of Information Act -- and used national security as the justification.
Mental health professionals working for the VA will not comply with new requirements in New York State that they report patients they think are likely to hurt themselves or others, The Associated Press reported.
The Veterans Affairs Department found several issues at two medical facilities after an evaluation by the department's Office of Inspector General.
At the Hampton VA Medical Center in Virginia, four out of the ten patients on the "high risk for suicide list" did not receive weekly mental health evaluations, investigators said. 11 other patients not at high risk for suicide also did not receive timely medical follow-ups, the inspector general said.