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Lawmakers expressed frustration that more disciplinary actions have not been taken at the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care System, two years after problems there were first uncovered.

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»

The Department of Veterans Affairs said it was issuing 'notices of proposed removal' to three top officials at the Phoenix VA hospital, two years after problems there were first uncovered. The delay has angered elected officials.

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»

While they welcomed Tuesday’s guilty plea by a former Phoenix VA official, lawmakers expressed concern over the pace of reforms at the agency, where problems were first discovered more than two years ago.

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»

Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Phoenix, said revelations of doctored wait times and delays of months for veterans seeking care at the Phoenix VA were both 'shocking and sickening.'

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»

The Department of Veterans Affairs had come under fire from lawmakers who said it was not acting quickly or forcefully enough against executives charged with mismanagement.

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»

Sloan Gibson, deputy secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, told House lawmakers that the agency is making progress on firing poorly performing workers but that it still has to move cautiously.

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»

Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Flagstaff, said she was 'appalled' that the director of the Phoenix VA health care system is still on paid leave while Department of Veterans Affairs officials review the troubled Valley operation.

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»