The inspector general of the VA is looking into why Diana Rubens received $288,000 in relocation reimbursement for a 140 mile move. The average relocation check over the past three years is just a tad over $12,000. Relocation pay is supposed to help cover the costs of moving including househunting, moving, terminated leases and temporary housing. Housing doesn’t seem to be the problem as Rubens sold her house in Alexandria last July for $770,000 to Stone Financing, who sold the property for a loss of over $80,000. Hmmm. She then bought a house in Pennsylvania for $589,000.
Her relocation check is not the only thing in question. She is also being paid the salary of a senior executive service-level salary, even though she is two levels below where she normally would have to be at in order to receive that money. In a five year period, she received $97,000 in bonuses despite the fact that under her, waiting times for veterans increased to 325 days.
The investigation began after U.S. Rep. Jeff Miller, the chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, sent letters to the VA Inspector General Richard Griffin and another to VA Sec. Robert McDonald. Miller questioned the relocation pay, which is about $276,000 above the average. At a time when our veterans are unable to get the care they need, this kind of embezzlement should not be allowed. I would also point out that none of this is news to either the inspector general or the director of the VA, yet they did nothing until congress balked.
Rubens was paid $181,000 in base pay last year plus whatever bonus she may have gotten or miscellaneous compensation she may have received.
Courtesy of Red Statements.