Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Rewarding Incompetence: Your Tax Dollar$ at Work

In a preview of ObamaCare, the Indian Health Services folks are in the news again ("Indian" as in Sitting Bull, not Gandhi). Regular readers may recall our warning about the Epic Fail nature of this agency last June:

"On some reservations, the oft-quoted refrain is "don't get sick after June," when the federal dollars run out."

But health care is apparently not the only commodity that the IHS has difficulty keeping track of:

"[The] government-run health agency for native Americans and Alaskan natives, has lost or had stolen millions of dollars worth of equipment over the last several years, but has yet to implement recommendations for improvement."

This kind of irresponsibility should not go unpunished, and of course our ever-efficient gummint is right there to save the day, teaching these rascals a bitter lesson:

"The reward for poor performance was to give bonuses and awards" says "Gregory Kutz, managing director of forensic audits and special investigations for the GAO."

Oh, goody!

But of course, the buck ultimately stops with the one in charge of the wasteful agency, right?

Well, not so much:

When asked "last week what measures have been taken to amend these problems and whether the agency has taken measures to ensure individual accountability...Dr. Yvette Roubideaux, the director of the Indian Health Service ... [responded that] “We’ve done a lot to address the property issue, and I’d be happy to talk with you with an interview to address that issue. I want to keep the focus today on H1N1 which is the most important thing that we have to talk about today.”

Of course, of course.

Tens of millions of taxpayer dollars lost or stolen, but gotta get right on that flu vaccine.

In January.

After the big scare.

Gee, I can't wait 'til these folks are in charge of everyone's health care!
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