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    A high-ranking Veterans Affairs official who was given nearly $300,000 in relocation costs to move from Washington, D.C., to Philadelphia last year was issued that hefty payout as part of a little-known program used to incentivize “highly qualified candidates,” TheDC has learned.
    Diana Rubens, the former undersecretary for field operations, was paid $288,000 last year under what’s called the Appraised Value Offer program to take a job as the director of the Philadelphia VA regional benefits office.
    Formerly known as the Guaranteed Home Buy Out, AVO serves as a back-up for VA and Veterans Benefits Administration employees who agree to relocate to take jobs at other stations.
    Rubens’ massive payout — which is $270,000 more than the agency’s average relocation payment – was brought to light last month by Florida Rep. Jeff Miller, the chairman of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee.
    “The government shouldn’t be in the business of doling out hundreds of thousands in cash to extremely well-compensated executives just to move less than three hours down the road,” Miller said last month.
    “For VA to pay such an outrageous amount in relocation expenses at a time when the department is continually telling Congress and taxpayers it needs more money raises questions about VA’s commitment to fiscal responsibility, transparency and true reform.”

    The VA’s internal statistics show that Rubens, who oversaw 57 regional benefits offices in her previous job, presided over a massive increase in processing times for veterans’ claims.
    Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes? Who is watching the watchers?

  • #2
    Sounds like a high qualified candidate.
    "A foe who had fought so long and valiantly, and had suffered so much for a cause, though that cause was, I believe, one of the worst for which a people ever fought, and one for which there was the least excuse." Ulysses S. Grant


    • #3
      and on and on and on how our system is totally out of control. Dem/Rep little difference. Time for some serious jail time for those that milk the cow when its dry.
      "Ask not what your country can do for you"

      Left wing, Right Wing same bird that they are killing.

      you’re entitled to your own opinion but not your own facts.


      • #4
        Won't happen. The Justice Department just announced that will not prosecute Lerner despite her illegal activities while in the IRS. The Justice Department is more broken that anything else in our wrecked government system.

        I just want to know why any of us should obey the laws, either.
        Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes? Who is watching the watchers?


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