VA proposes firing Colo. supervisors who fudged numbers

WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs is proposing discipline for six area employees caught up in the scheduling scandal, including the head of the VA's Rocky Mountain Region.

The announcement came in the form of a written release at the close of the business day in Washington and additional information was not immediately available.

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The VA is proposing the removal of two supervisors at the Fort Collins outpatient clinic and Cheyenne VA Medical Center who "were found to have personally manipulated data, instructed their subordinates to manipulate data, and withheld accurate information from their superiors."

The VA's proposed actions follow a review by the Inspector General after allegations that staff in Fort Collins and Cheyenne manipulated scheduling information to make it appear as if veterans were getting timely appointments with doctors.

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"VA must earn back the trust of Veterans," said Acting Secretary Sloan Gibson in the written release.

"Part of earning back that just is holding people accountable when there is documented evidence of willful misconduct and management negligence," Gibson said.

The VA is also proposing unspecified discipline against the region's highest ranking official, Rocky Mountain Network Director Ralph Gigliotti, as well as Cheyenne VA Medical Center Director Cynthia McCormack and her Chief of Staff, Jerry Zang.

McCormack received an $8,265 bonus for 2013, the year a federal inspector found the falsified patient wait times.

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The VA told 9NEWS that patients' access to care is one of many criteria used in the awarding of performance evaluations.

On Tuesday, a VA spokesman was not immediately able to say whether the proposed discipline requires further layers of approval before it becomes final.

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