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Tag: Department of Veterans Affairs

FBI to Investigate VA Hospital in Texas Following Allegations of Paper-Shredding

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI plans to launch a criminal investigation into potential abuses at a Department of Veterans Affairs medical facility in Temple, Tex., the Statesman reports.

The probe comes at a time when several VA facilities are accused of manipulating wait time data.

The investigation was triggered by U.S. Rep. John Carter, R-Round Rock, who spoke with FBI Director James Comey.

“I believe that the FBI needs to be investigating the Temple VA facility for criminal activities, and the Veterans Affairs Administration needs to be investigating the facility as well to administer cultural and bureaucratic reforms,” Carter said in a release.

Among the allegations is that Temple officials shredded documents.

Texas VA officials responded Wednesday they “welcome and respect” the investigation.

“We also want to assure Veterans and the public that if any evidence of any wrong doing at our Central Texas VA facility is ever substantiated, swift and corrective action will be taken,” officials said in a statement. “VA must be an organization built on transparency and accountability.”

FBI’s Phoenix Office to Handle Criminal Investigation of VA Hospital Following Serious Allegations

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI’s Phoenix office is handling the criminal investigation of the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Arizona Republic reports.

FBI Director James Comey said the Phoenix office is handling the case because the allegations began at the VA in Phoenix.

At least 18 Arizona veterans waiting for care in the Phoenix VA Health Care System have died. The staff also is accused of manipulating patient-wait times to receive financial bonuses.

Today the Senate is considering whether to support legislation that would allow veterans to seek care outside of the VA system.

U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., said in a statement that they are taking the matter seriously.

“To restore veterans’ trust and confidence in the VA, individual employees must be held accountable. The FBI’s investigation is a positive signal; but, wherever the evidence shows that crimes have been committed, they must follow through and prosecute those responsible to the fullest extent of the law.”

FBI Launches Criminal Investigation of Veterans Affairs Department As Scandal Deepens

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI has opened a criminal investigation into widespread problems at the Veterans Affairs Department, CNN reports.

Among other things, agents are examining the long wait lines and whether paperwork was falsified to make delays appear shorter.

“At the department’s direction, the FBI has instructed agents in its Phoenix office to conduct an investigation into the allegations related to the VA. Federal prosecutors will be working with these investigators to determine whether there is a basis for criminal charges.”

The scandal has already led to the resignation of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki last month.

Managers in Phoenix are accused of using secret waiting lists to disguise the length of time it took to get appointments, CNN wrote.

Navy Yard Shooter Sought Medical Treatment Before Shooting Rampage

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

In the days before he opened fire at the Washington Navy Yard this week, Aaron Alexis sought emergency treatment twice, Bloomberg reports.

The 34-year-old Navy contractor, who had a history of mental illness, requested treatment for insomnia twice in the past month, the Department of Veterans Affairs said Wednesday.

Authorities alerted the local naval station of Alexis’ behavior. A few weeks earlier, Alexis had told police he was hearing voices, Bloomberg reported.

The VA reported that Alexis never threatened to hurt anyone while seeking treatment.

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