Veterans Affairs gave nearly $11 million meant for recruitment and retention to top executives: Watchdog

Funds earmarked to recruit and retain staff for critical shortage positions within Veterans Affairs were inappropriately used to pay more than 180 senior executives bonuses worth almost $11 million last year, a new report revealed.

VA Undersecretary for Health Shereef Elnahal signed off on bonuses for 148 executives averaging more than $60,000, according to the 92-page report from Inspector General Michael Missal’s office. Joshua Jacobs, who leads the Veterans Benefits Administration, gave away an additional 34 bonuses worth $50,000 to top-level executives.

Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough laughs as he waits for a speech by President Joe Biden about supply chain issues in the Indian Treaty Room on the White House complex in Washington, Monday, Nov. 27, 2023. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

At least seven executives received more than $100,000 in bonuses, but Elnahal reportedly did not inform Secretary Denis
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