mcloudyn.png
Friday June 18th, 2021 10:50PM

Whistleblower alleges VA benefit application purge in Atlanta

By The Associated Press
ATLANTA (AP) -- Federal investigators are probing a whistleblower's allegations that applications for veterans seeking health care benefits may have been improperly purged from the VA's Health Eligibility Center in suburban Atlanta.<br /> <br /> Eligibility Center program specialist Scott Davis told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (http://bit.ly/1ofvEoR ) that 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.<br /> <br /> The center doesn't process all applications, but helps manage the national enrollment computer system and offers enrollment guidance for VA hospitals across the country.<br /> <br /> Davis, who joined the VA in April of 2011, 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's Office of the Inspector General to investigate the potential mishandling of a $5 million federal contract.<br /> <br /> "We don't discuss veterans," Davis told the newspaper. "We do not work for veterans. That is something that I learned after working there. Our customer is the VA central office, the White House and the Congress. The veterans are not our priority. So whatever the initiatives are or the big ticket items that is what we focus on."<br /> <br /> Davis said the VA placed him on paid administrative leave after he filed the complaints, and he cited stress as factor in taking medical leave in mid-June.<br /> <br /> Local VA spokeswoman Floretta Hardmon said the organization takes the allegations seriously and officials are cooperating with investigators.<br /> <br /> Officials in the VA Office of the Inspector General wouldn't discuss details of the investigation, but spokeswoman Catherine Gromek said the office has received many allegations about the Health Eligibility Center.<br /> <br /> "They are under review and we will report out when the work is complete," she said.
© Copyright 2021 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Judge denies motions to move, delay Tsarnaev trial
Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev asked a federal appeals court Wednesday to overturn a judge's decision to not move his upcoming trial out of state.
10:02PM ( 5 years ago )
High court to adopt electronic filing of cases
The Supreme Court is belatedly developing an electronic filing system similar to those used in courts around the country, Chief Justice John Roberts said Wednesday in his annual end-of-year report.
7:57PM ( 5 years ago )
Storm brings snow, cold to West for New Year's
A blustery winter storm dumped snow and ice across the West on Wednesday, making driving treacherous in the mountains from California to the Rockies and forcing residents and party-goers in some usually sun-soaked cities to bundle up for a frosty New Year's.
5:19PM ( 5 years ago )
U.S. News
Grass fire impacts rush hour traffic on 985
Rush hour traffic on I-985 was slowed by a grass fire Wednesay afternoon with one lane closed while firefighters fought the blaze.
10:19PM ( 5 years ago )
Hall County conviction, sentencing to be reviewed by SCOGA
The State Supreme Court has agreed to hear the appeal of a Hall County man when they reconvene in January.
2:37PM ( 5 years ago )
Local/State News
Committee leaves transportation funding to lawmakers
Georgia will have to cover a $1 billion to $1.5 billion transportation funding gap to stay economically competitive, a committee of lawmakers is warning in a report issued Tuesday.
5:36AM ( 5 years ago )
US off war footing at year's end, but wars go on
Taking America off a permanent war footing is proving harder than President Barack Obama may have suggested.
6:13PM ( 5 years ago )
GOP leader regrets talk to white supremacists; party leaders rally around him
House Republican leaders rallied around one of their own, Whip Steve Scalise, on Tuesday after he said he regrets speaking 12 years ago to a white supremacist organization and condemns the views of such groups.
6:08PM ( 5 years ago )
Politics
Buford City Schools settles in racial discrimination lawsuit
A racial discrimination lawsuit between Buford City Schools and a former school employee has been settled in court.
11:27AM ( 1 hour ago )
Georgia county absentee ballot envelope audit finds no fraud
Investigators who audited the signatures on more than 15,000 absentee ballot envelopes in one Georgia county say they found “no fraudulent absentee ballots.”
10:31AM ( 1 hour ago )
LISTEN: Georgia congressman Jody Hice talks Electoral College challenge
Hice joined WDUN's "Morning Talk with Martha Zoller" Wednesday.
By Morning Talk
10:00AM ( 2 hours ago )
Trump's $2,000 checks stall in Senate as GOP blocks vote
President Donald Trump’s push for bigger $2,000 COVID-19 relief checks has stalled out in the Republican-led Senate
8:20AM ( 4 hours ago )
Local officials optimistic about Hall County's economy in 2021
While Hall County’s economy had a tumultuous start in 2020 thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, the region is starting to show economic recovery leading into 2021.
5:00AM ( 7 hours ago )