Two high-ranking officials at the Department of Veterans Affairs exercised their constitutional right against self-incrimination today, declining to answer questions about a scheme in which they allegedly bilked taxpayers out of hundreds of thousands of dollars. Just to be clear, this kerfuffle is not to be confused with the larger VA scandal that was recently distorted and minimized by presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. That corruption entailed the deliberate, systemic cover-up of unacceptably long waiting lists for care -- in part to protect bureaucrats' performance bonuses. This corruption is entirely different, though it speaks to the culture of of greed and wastefulness that seems to pervade much of the federal bureaucracy (via the Washington Post):
The Department of Veterans Affairs has suspended a relocation program used by two senior executives to obtain more than $400,000 in questionable moving expenses and moved to discipline the officials, a senior agency leader said Monday...Congress is investigating the executives for allegedly abusing their positions to get plum jobs and perks, part of a pattern of unjustified moving incentives and transfers identified by VA’s watchdog. The committee subpoenaed Pummill, the executives and the two lower-ranking regional benefits managers they forced to accept job transfers against their will, according to investigators. But the executives, Diana Rubens and Kimberly Graves, refused to testify, telling the committee they were asserting their Fifth Amendment rights under the Constitution to protect themselves against self-incrimination...[Pummill] declined to say what action the agency is taking against Rubens and Graves, who kept their salaries of $181,497 and $173,949, respectively, even though the new positions they took had less responsibility, overseeing a fraction of the employees at lower pay levels.