Veterans Administration Conducting Orgiastic Downgrades
A new and dangerous trend is emerging in the Veterans Administration. In what can only be described as a cannibalistic orgy of position downgrading, Classification Specialists throughout the Agency are downgrading positions across the entire occupational spectrum. Many of the positions targeted for downgrade are already classified one grade below same or similar positions located in other federal agencies with salaries far below private sector equivalent positions. All reports from inside the Agency indicate morale has been “catastrophically” impacted and both recruitment and retention are problematic as a direct result of the downgrade efforts. The targeted positions include (but not limited to) Service Chief’s, Police Chief’s, Criminal Investigator’s, Assistant Service Chief’s, Human Resources Specialists, Clerks, and Program Support Assistants to name just a few.
One ironic aspect of the downgrades is that many of the same Classification Specialists conducting the downgrades, are downgrading positions they themselves classified, raising the question, did they lie then or are they lying now? Authority and direction for the downgrades is not only not clear, it is unknown and Classification Specialists are operating like KGB operatives when questioned. This may partly be the result of the classification positions being consolidated to a regional level. Since that time, they appear to be “out of control” and beyond accountability as if no one is in charge.
Union efforts at stopping the downgrades have been minimal at best. Appears efforts at stopping the downgrades will need to originate with employees.
Update March 5, 2015: Apparently the new Secretary of the VA agreed with our article. A lot of attention has been paid to the the downgrade issues and he ordered a moratorium on the insanity. You can read more by clicking here to view a pre-formatted Google search that will call up relevant articles.