Congress Investigating Funding Abuses By 2 VA Execs

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Congress is investigating Diana Rubens and Kimberly Graves, two senior Department of Veterans Affairs executives, for what lawmakers are calling “a shockingly unethical use of funds” — in what has become an all-too-common issue within the agency.


The women have been accused of abusing their status to get jobs and perks, and went so far as to incur roughly $400,000 of taxpayer money in relocation charges.

The pair are scheduled to stand before a House Veterans’ Affairs Committee hearing Oct. 21.

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"We're five-plus weeks into the anxiety and stress of this government lapse and your non-pay," Adm. Karl Schultz said in a video message to service members. "You, as members of the armed forces, should not be expected to shoulder this burden."

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Editor's Note: This article by Richard Sisk originally appeared on Military.com, a leading source of news for the military and veteran community.

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Navy Secretary Richard V. Spencer said earlier this month that he had bet his job on getting all the Ford's elevators to work, telling President Donald Trump that the project would be done by this summer "or you can fire me."

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Airman 1st Class Isaiah Edwards has been sentenced to 35 years in prison after a military jury found him guilty of murder in connection with the death of a fellow airman in Guam, Air Force officials announced on Tuesday.

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