‘Easy to Have Mishaps’: Whistleblower Speaks Out on Improperly Purged VA Applications
Scott Davis, the whistleblower who claims the VA improperly purged benefit applications, was on “Your World” today.
Read background from the Associated Press:
Eligibility Center program specialist Scott Davis tells the Atlanta Journal-Constitution health benefit applications for more than 10,000 veterans may have been improperly purged from the Health Eligibility Center's national data system in DeKalb County.
Davis began filing complaints in January and said managers were focused on meeting goals linked to the Affordable Care Act to meet their bonus targets. He also asked the VA office of the Inspector General to investigate potential fraud involving government contracts.
Davis today told Neil Cavuto about the working environment at the VA.
“There’s so much pressure on the employees to get stuff done so that management can meet goals, it’s easy to make mistakes, it’s easy to have mishaps, and what happens is instead of VA focusing on doing what’s right for our nation’s veterans – meaning taking time, processing each application diligently and appropriately – pressure is placed on front line employees who overwork themselves, rush through the application process to hit goals for members of management.”
From what Davis has witnessed, he said the VA is focused on meeting certain goals, and employees prioritize accordingly.
Davis explained that employees have actually put incoming applications aside to focus on Affordable Care Act-related applications that had come in last summer.
“That’s wrong,” he said. “We should treat each veteran equally and focus on applications as they come in, not because of special campaigns coming out of D.C.”
Watch the full interview above.