Acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs Sloan Gibson fiercely rebuked calls to reprimand or fire employees of the VA during a visit to a Fayetteville, N.C. medical center.
“This idea that ‘let’s fire everybody, let’s pull everybody’s bonus away’ — that’s a bunch of crap” he said, according to WNCN. “I’m not going to see people sit there and say that we got 350,000 people that aren’t worth a crap.”
He added that “the money is not better spent by pulling” bonuses for VA employees and using it elsewhere.
The VA came under fire last month amid revelations of widespread mismanagement after employees were discovered to have made up fake waiting lists. During that time, reports found that the department gave more than $100 million in bonuses to employees; the House has since voted to ban giving bonuses to VA employees until 2016.
Gibson took over as head of the embattled department after Eric Shinseki resigned last month following bipartisan calls for him to step down.