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Ex-Phoenix VA chief sentenced over improper gifts from lobbyist

Sharon Helman, the former director of the VA Health Care System in Phoenix, was sentenced to two years of probation Monday. She earlier pleaded guilty to charges that she failed to disclose more than $50,000 in gifts from a lobbyist, including cash, a car and a Disneyland vacation.... Read more»

'Long overdue' firing of Phx VA officials not end of the process

The three Phoenix officials who got “long overdue” termination notices Tuesday from the Department of Veterans Affairs still have the right to a lengthy appeals process that could extend their cases by months or more.... Read more»

VA firing 3 top officials at troubled Phx hospital

The Department of Veterans Affairs said Tuesday that it has issued “notices of proposed removal” to three top executives at the Phoenix health care system – two years after problems there were first reported.... Read more»

Az lawmakers say Phx VA needs more work in wake of ex-director's guilty plea

Arizona lawmakers welcomed Tuesday’s announcement that the former director of the Phoenix VA hospital pleaded guilty to failing to disclose gifts from a lobbyist, but said it was too little and too late for veterans waiting for justice. ... Read more»

Lawmakers cite Phoenix VA in call for better control of agency, workers

Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Phoenix, joined lawmakers and veterans' advocates to demand greater accountability from the Veterans Affairs Department. They said the VA hasn't fired any workers in the scandal over patient wait times that began with the Phoenix VA.... Read more»

VA fires Phoenix hospital chief

he Department of Veterans Affairs formally removed Sharon Helman from her position as Phoenix VA healthcare director on Monday for “lack of oversight and misconduct” in the troubled operations at the facility.... Read more»

VA officials defend pace of action against senior agency executives

House members demanded to know why senior Department of Veterans Affairs executives who were implicated in recent scandals at the agency have not been fired, months after the agency got that authority. VA officials said they are making progress, but have to proceed cautiously.... Read more»

VA calls for firing of four officials; Phoenix director not on the list

The Department of Veterans Affairs has recommended the removal of four senior officials around the country, but missing from that list is the director of the troubled operation in Phoenix. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick said in an email Friday she was “appalled that Sharon Helman (the director of VA health care facilities in Phoenix) continues to receive a paycheck.” ... Read more»