In two years, internal records obtained by USA TODAY show, the Department of Veterans Affairs spent nearly $6.7 million to secretly settle cases with problem employees, including medical professionals accused of negligence or misconduct who were allowed to resign with clean references:
126 cases in which the VA agreed to rescind firing orders and allowed employees to resign or retire instead.
82 cases in which the VA said it would purge negative records from workers’ personnel files.
who secured neutral references from the VA, hiding potential misconduct from future employers.
70 employees who agreed not to apply to VA hospitals for years or, in some cases, for life.
38 cases that included confidentiality clauses barring disclosure of terms.