In a stunning turnaround in less than two shakes of a lamb’s tail, the Philadelphia VARO reversed course and took back the unthinkable-$15,000.00 “team bonuses” for those stalwart raters who would stay the course at their desks, through thick and thin, to reduce the stupendous backlog. Even offers of personally sending out for Starbucks® Double Vanilla Mocha and Chinese from Mann’s was met with a polite “no thank you” by raters. Yeah. Right. In your dreams, jelly beans.
Actually, they were all gung ho until the Washington Times’ Jacqueline Klimas spilled the jelly beans. Only then did ratings crews evince a desire to backtrack out of their former enthusiasm to embrace the new program. Funny how that works.
Can you imagine a VA DRO saying ‘Well, you know my crew and I talked it over and we were totally on board with this because Veterans, as stakeholders, would benefit immensely. Several team members then voiced their worries that it might be disadvantageous, and maybe even adversarial, to even consider trying to speed up what is a very, very difficult process under the best of circumstances. We consider the Vet first and worry that haste might result in an error. None of us could live with that on our conscience.” Who’s been sneaking off to Denver and smoking what-and how much?