In May, James Clark, writing for Task and Purpose, told readers, “The Department of Veterans Affairs cost taxpayers $5.5 billion dollars in improper payments last year.” That estimate came from a report by the Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General, and it represents an increase of $500 million from 2015 to 2016.
Mr. Clark’s analysis highlighted problems in several departments, but the two worst offenders were:
These programs had substantially worse performance in 2016, despite the OIG’s specific recommendations following poor 2015 performance.
For two programs, Post-9/11 G.I. Bill and the Supplies and Materials Program, the OIG could not make reliable improper payment estimates. In other words, payment procedures were so bad, it was impossible to tell how bad they were.
Mr. Clark notes that three programs — compensation, pension, and Post-9/11 GI Bill — actually showed a decrease in the rate of improper payments. These specific programs performed better than federal government programs overall, in which the level of waste from improper payments increased for the fourth year in a row.
As VA benefits attorneys, we understand that funds to treat and compensate our deserving veterans are finite. But we find it appalling that so much is wasted, while so many of our veterans go untreated or uncompensated. Carlos Fuentes, the national legislative service director for Veterans of Foreign Wars, reportedly told Task and Purpose that the VA “must be a good steward of the precious resources it’s given to care for our nation’s veterans.” We agree wholeheartedly, and like our clients, we want to see greater accountability for such errors by the VA.
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