Daily Caller | Top VA Hospital Bosses Would See Pay Doubled Under Proposal To Congress

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Bags of Money - management (200x200)Top VA Hospital Bosses Would See Pay Doubled Under Proposal To Congress

by Luke Rosiak | March 13, 2106

Department of Veterans Affairs officials want to double the pay of top administrators and move them into the same employment classification as medical doctors. They say the new, lucrative employment classification, Title 38, would help retain talent and make it easier to fire poor performers.

There is little evidence that either of these statements is true.

Private hospital administrators make more than the $180,000 most VA directors earn. But private sector hospitals are unlikely ever to hire from among career VA bureaucrats, most of whom have unremarkable qualifications, rose to management through tenure rather than talent, and benefitted from a closed pipeline that rarely hires from the outside.

Many have backgrounds in soft, unrelated disciplines, like social workers, who would be making an average of $54,000 outside of the VA.

VA leaders will attempt Tuesday to convince senators to move its Senior Executive Service managers into the Title 38 system for medical doctors, which allows the government to pay significantly higher compensation. Agency officials say they are all but unable to fire bad SESers because of excessively complicated civil service rules and appeals to the Merit Systems Protection Board. Reclassifying VA’s SESers to Title 38 would fix that, according to officials. (Read More)


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