Saturday, May 6, 2017

Obama Appointees Still Running the Show at Trump’s VA

Jack Shaw

PresidentTrump promoted David Shulkin, an Obama VA appointee to become Secretary of the VA. Under Obama,Shulkin was Undersecretary of the VA for 18 months. Can we expect someone who was in a key position in a badly run VA system to now, out of the blue, know how to fix it?

From Luke Rosiak of The Daily Signal

Obama-era appointees remain in top posts at the Department of Veterans Affairs three months into Donald Trump’s presidency. This includes Allison Hickey, disgraced former undersecretary for benefits, who is now helping choose her successor, The Daily Caller News Foundation’s Investigative Group has learned.

Then-candidate Trump called the VA the “most corrupt” and “most incompetently run” agency and said the leadership was rife with political hacks. Yet the panel picked to select candidates for undersecretary positions is staffed with Obama holdovers and, in Hickey’s case, a VA official forced to resign under fire.

The top contender for Hickey’s old job is Thomas Murphy, one of two authors of the notorious 2013 “fast letter” that instructed benefits offices nationwide to put current dates on old disability claims. Murphy played an integral role in the wait-time scandal that upended the agency and which Trump has promised to fix.

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