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    VA Human Resources Personnel Got $43.5 Million in Bonuses Plus Pay Raises Under PACT Act

    VA Human Resources Personnel Got $43.5 Million in Bonuses Plus Pay Raises Under PACT Act

    The Department of Veterans Affairs paid $43.5 million in bonuses to more than 6,500 human resources specialists last year under allowances stipulated in the Act, an amount the department's chief human capital officer described as “significant.”

    Documents obtained by .com through a Freedom of Information Act request show the department paid an average of $6,598.13 in critical skills incentives, or CSIs, to 6,517 human resources specialists in the Veterans Health and Veterans Benefits Administrations through June 2023 in addition to salary increases under PACT Act provisions.

    The bonuses were authorized under the legislation, which expanded health care and benefits to thousands of veterans sickened by environmental toxins. But the large amount concerned some employees at VA headquarters in , D.C., after VA officials awarded large bonuses to hundreds of VA executives last year.

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    In an email sent July 5 to an unnamed VA senior official, Steve Miska, the department's PACT Act transitional director, said the recipient, whom Miska addressed as “sir,” had mentioned that since “the price tag of the critical skills incentive for VBA and VHA leaders might cause some concern,” the person should know that a large amount was spent on the HR specialists' bonuses, also known as CSIs.

    “I wanted to pass on from [VA Chief Human…

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