A hiring manager working at the Department of Veterans Affairs said in a sworn deposition scoutmasters have a better chance than veterans at getting jobs there that pay well.
The Daily Caller
uncovered the remark in a July 2014 court filing.
"Not really," a VA density chief said in response to whether veterans are given first dibs at certain jobs at the department.
"And thank God, because I am a veteran, and I prefer for selections to be made on preparation than — I've always heard here that in Title 38 positions, that is not taken into — that's not the main title taken into consideration, or the main attribute taken into consideration. Like I told you … OK, I was, I'm a veteran and … they never took that into consideration."
When asked what factors are considered for hiring decisions, the official said, "Well, probably the awards, recognitions that the person has had. In this interview, I know that there was a section that we used, given to me by the chief of staff, that it was taken into consideration if this person was involved in outside activities, like, you know, being a scout master."
A Daily Caller report
in January said the only VA jobs that are held exclusively for veterans are janitorial positions. That is due, at least in part, to union rules that say the majority of VA jobs met be offered to current federal employees first, reports The Daily Caller.
The VA has dealt with several scandals in recent years, most stemming from the practice of using falsified wait lists
at many facilities. Several veterans died waiting to see a doctor because of long wait times.
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