Chesco Times: Cong. Costello: Philadelphia VA official pleads the Fifth in Congressional Hearing
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Monday evening, the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee held a hearing to receive testimony from the subpoenaed witnesses on the findings of the Inspector General’s (IG) report regarding Department of Veterans Affairs’ officials alleged misuse of its relocation program and incentives. Diana Rubens, Director of the Philadelphia VA Regional Office, and Kimberly Graves, Director of the St. Paul Regional Office, invoked the Fifth Amendment due to the criminal referrals made by the IG.
Following the hearing, Congressman Ryan Costello (PA-06) released the following statement:
“Last night proved that a handful of VA officials, despite the issuance of subpoenas, are not committed to bringing transparency to VA Regional Offices,” said Congressman Costello. “According to the VA Office of Inspector General, they inappropriately used their positions to create opportunities for their own personal and financial gain.
“Here in Southeastern Pennsylvania, hundreds of thousands of veterans rely on the Philadelphia VARO. While I do believe many of those VA employees are making great strides in reducing the claims backlog, these examples of VA officials gaming the system only causes more damage to the reputation of the facility and to the VA. It is time for certain officials, particularly Diana Rubens, to be held accountable so that we can reform the facility and get back to the business of caring for our veterans.”