House Committee to discuss giving money to VA Inspector General

By: Matt McGovern Email
By: Matt McGovern Email
A top White House aide is in Phoenix to oversee the Veterans Affairs investigation that has now expanded to 26 facilities.

That same committee may discuss putting a hold on bonuses at the VA.

(NBC) - A top White House aide is in Phoenix to oversee the Veterans Affairs investigation that has now expanded to 26 facilities.

Plus, there's a lot of action in Washington as lawmakers try to nail down who was responsible for hiding a backlog of appointment requests.

A House Committee considers giving the VA's Inspector General $5 million to investigate whether employees cooked the books.

That same committee may discuss putting a hold on bonuses at the VA.

On Tuesday, the House overwhelmingly passed a bill that makes it easier to fire top managers at the VA.

With his Deputy Chief of Staff on the ground in Phoenix Thursday, President Obama is promising punishment if the Inspector General's report finds wrongdoing.

The President suggested even VA secretary Eric Shinseki's job could be at risk.

Shinseki makes his third trip to Capitol Hill Thursday, where lawmakers complain his aides aren't turning over paperwork fast enough.

If three top officials don't show for a meeting Thursday morning, a House Committee plans to subpoena them.

We've also learned the head of the Phoenix VA who's on leave got a performance award last year. The VA says it was an administrative error. That award's been revoked.


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