Thursday, March 26, 2015

Ridiculous: VA Hospital Director Was Paid $288K To Relocate 140 Miles

As veterans continue to get shafted by the VA, the dbags at the top keep getting fat payments.
The director of the Philadelphia regional VA hospital was paid $288,000 in “relocation payments” to move the 140 miles from Washington, D.C. to her new home last year.
Diana Rubens was tapped last June to take over the Philadelphia hospital, which is one of many currently being investigated over claims that it placed veterans on unauthorized wait-lists.
Rubens, who previously served as the D.C.-based deputy undersecretary for field operations, where she oversaw 57 regional hospitals and four area offices, was brought in to help fix the embattled Philadelphia facility.
A breakdown of Rubens’ “relocation payments” was not immediately available, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer, but a VA spokesman said that there was nothing inappropriate with the spending.
Federal regulations allow for the reimbursement of relocation expenses including the “costs of house-hunting, moving, terminating leases, and a per-diem rate for meals and temporary housing for an employee and his or her family,” the spokesman said.
But that hefty repayment is nearly 160 percent of what Rubens earned in base pay all of last year, raising questions over what exactly that money could have gone towards.
Rubens was paid more than $181,000 in 2014, according to the website, which maintains a database of federal employee compensation.
Thank You Mr Stone and DC. 

Yeah, right, but we need Another 'Temporary' Surtax to handle a JV Team which wouldn't exist if Obama hadn't declared withdrawal his overriding Middle East political concern.

Senate Dems Propose Budget Amendment For "Temporary Surtax" To Fight ISIS.

If you don't support the Only Presidential candidate who will actually Take Concrete, Workable Actions to rein this in, you'll have only yourselves to blame as it continues to fall on all of us.

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