When I called attention to the internal VA documents involving Krause’s FOIA request, Miller told me in a statement:
“These emails are troubling, but they are not at all surprising. Stonewalling Congress, the press and the public has become a way of life at the Department of Veterans Affairs, where entrenched bureaucrats play semantic games in an attempt to mislead. Examples of this strategy are everywhere, whether it’s VA’s habit of pointing to non-disciplinary actions such as employee retirements and transfers, or bureaucratic slaps on the wrist such as temporary written warnings in a disingenuous attempt to create the illusion of accountability, or the department’s repeated refusals to answer questions from Congress and the press, as documented on our committee’s Trials in Transparency and VA Honesty Project web pages.”
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Miller added: “As VA’s despicable delays in care crisis made painfully clear, the department’s extreme secrecy has resulted in deadly consequences. And it’s well past time for department leaders at all levels to understand that taxpayer-funded organizations such as VA have a responsibility to provide information to Congress and the public rather than stonewalling them.”
Whether ordinary taxpayer or congressional investigator, truth-seekers are apparently treated the same by the VA spin patrol: as nuisances and threats to their power and comfort.
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