VA benefits chief retiring; was suspended in relocation scam
By MATTHEW DALY
Published: June 16, 2016
WASHINGTON — The acting head of the Veterans Benefits Administration said Thursday he is retiring, three months after he was suspended for allowing two officials to manipulate the agency's hiring system for their own gain.
Danny Pummill said in a note to employees that he will leave the Department of Veterans Affairs next Thursday. Pummill was suspended without pay for 15 days in March for his role in a relocation scam that has roiled the agency for more than a year.
The VA said Pummill failed to exercise proper oversight as two senior officials, Kimberly Graves and Diana Rubens, forced lower-ranking employees to accept job transfers and then took the vacant positions themselves - keeping their senior-level salaries while reducing their responsibilities.
Pummill leads an agency with a $2.7 billion annual budget that provides disability and life insurance benefits to more than 10 million veterans.
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