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April 27, 2017

Draining The VA Swamp

An estimated 346 employees in the Department of Veterans Affairs do no actual work for taxpayers. Instead, they spend all of their time doing work on behalf of their union while drawing a federal salary, a practice known as "official time."

That's according to a report by the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office. But exactly what those VA workers are doing and why so many are doing it is not clear. The VA doesn't track that, and the GAO report offers no clue.
And the number may actually be much higher. I'd love to see how much community organizing these slobs do.

Many federal agencies have workers who do nothing but take care of union affairs but the VA employs almost half of them. And typically, no one knows what they are doing.
At least 700 federal workers do nothing but work on official time, according to the GAO and data obtained from various Freedom of Information Act requests. The VA uses official time far more than any other agency.

"Employees spent approximately 1,057,00 hours on official time for union representation activities … In addition, the data show that 346 employees spent 100 percent of their time on official time," the GAO found in a January report.

It is possible that even those figures are conservative. The GAO said the said the VA's poor monitoring meant the data was "inconsistent and not reliable."
Indictments hopefully to follow.

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3 comments:

LL said...

Nice work if you can get it.

The easy way to fix all that is to make it illegal for government employees, their unions or proxies to make any contribution in cash or kind to the politicians who vote their salaries.

It's a conflict of interest and many tens of billions (if not more) is shuffled to politicians nationwide in this way.

Union busting in the traditional sense is very messy. This cuts the head off the snake.

Woodsterman (Odie) said...

Fire their asses, I'm tired of supporting them.

LindaG said...

Unions should be illegal.

I agree. Fire the lot of them and don't let anyone take their places.