House Committee Orders VA Explain Rehiring of Executive

By Scott Friedman
|  Thursday, Apr 3, 2014  |  Updated 10:21 PM CDT
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Congressman Demands VA Explain Executive's Re-Hiring

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The Veterans Administration has drawn criticism and calls for an investigation after re-hiring a man involved in a taxpayer funded night on the town that ended with another VA employee’s death.

During a congressional hearing Thursday, the chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Veterans Affairs ordered the agency to explain its decision to rehire a senior executive involved in an incident that killed a co-worker in 2010, and he ordered the Veterans Administration provide the information as soon as possible.

NBC 5 Investigates discovered that the VA had rehired a man who took a government vehicle out of a night at the bars in North Texas during a taxpayer-funded business trip to a VA conference that was held in Dallas.

Things turned deadly when another VA employee fell out of the truck and died.

Records show the driver resigned months after the incident but the VA rehired him for another high paying job in another state.

At today’s hearing, Florida Congressman, Jeff Miller questioned the agency about their decision to rehire the employee and what they’re currently doing about the incident.

“I am unfamiliar with the specifics surrounding this particular item. Any response is going to be nothing more than speculation,” said  VA Deputy Secretary, Sloan Gibson.

NBC 5 Investigates will continue to follow.

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