Thursday, June 19, 2008

USA.gov Passes the Buck, Points to DVA!!!!

We filed a complaint with USA.gov last evening as we mentioned in our previous post. We got a response a short time ago from them. Here is the relevant passage:

"The electronic comments you submit directly through the Regulations.gov Web site are transmitted to the proper Department or Agency. The Department or Agency receiving your comment is considered the official custodian of the comment. Your comment will not be considered until it has been properly received by that Department or Agency in accordance with the requirements described in the Federal Register document. Users who want to verify that a Department or Agency has received their comment are urged to check directly with that Department or Agency."
This, or course, is Government-speake for "You got the wrong outfit, bub! Blame any problems on the Department of Veterans Affairs!"

As we suspected, the way the DVA handled the public comment period was inept at best, and absolutely criminal more likely.

We did indeed file complaints with the US Attorney Gerneral's Office of the Inspector General, and the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.

Why? Because the prolems encountered in attempting to make public comments [78% of those who tried to comment had a problem doing so!] amount to the suspension of due process, and that is a basic civil right of all of us. Since most of us are included in the group to be affected by the proposed rule, were were discriminated against by the DVA through the problems encountered in posting.

Since there were apparently no similar problems in making comments on the Manual M 21-1 Recission a few months ago, to encounter problems on this proposed rule takes on the appearance of deliberate interference by the DVA.

Indeed, some of the problems would not come under the auspices of the DVA. When the website went down and posters could not make comments, or when you were able to make a comment to the point of submittal, but the button to submit would not work [we have a helpdesk message trail on that one], these are issues which fall squarely in the lap of Regulations.gov, and their parent USA.gov. The rest of the USA.gov response completely ignored those issues. We fired back a rebuttal and gave them extremely poor grades on their performance on a survey I was asked to take.

In addition to the Attorney General and the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, we left copies of our complaint with the Office of Inspector General of the Department of Veterans Affairs, asking that officer to forward the complaint to the Office of General Counsel, and the office of the Secretary.

Our aim is to get the AG's OIG, and the US Commission on Civil Rights to investigate both the USA.gov/Regulations.gov agencies and the Department of Veterans Affairs for complicity in denying due process to those who wanted to make public comments.

We no longer give the DVA the benefit of the doubt and say it was an accident, or a computer glitch. The DVA MUST be held accountable. If you are a Blue Water Navy Veteran of the Vietnam War, you know full well how out of control the DVA is.

We will keep you posted on the responses we get...or don't as the case may be. [After a reasonable amount of time we will follow up with those agencies.]

In the meantime, another issue has arisen. Since the DVA is processing all the comments, and since mid-May has been stripping IDs off the comments, it is very difficult to track your comment. You can do so with your tracking number that you received with the receipt after making your comment.

We suggest that find your comment on the board and very carefully compare it to your draft copy [you did make a draft copy of your comment, didn't you????] looking for discrepancies. Most likely they won't exist, but let's carefully cover all the bases.

Finally, one last issue. Since the public was permitted to comment on comments, how is the public to do that when the last third of all comments made did not get posted until today, two full days after the comment period closed?

You should go to the last page of comments [ignoring the three at the top that have no bearing on the proposed definition of "Service in Vietnam"], and read them. Some heavy hitters lined up on our side, i.e. VVA, NOVA, Kelly Franklin, from Canada, and more.


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Stay tuned. It is becoming more and more obvious that the Department of Veterans Affairs is run by a bunch of civilians and REMFs.

VNVets

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1 comment:

  1. Leon J Petersen11:29

    I believe in God. God says that all liers will spend eternity in Hell, and thats where they belong!!!! May all who have any responcibility in causing unexcusable premeditated suffering to any Navy Veteran, Blue or Brown, get what they deserve at the Judgement Bar of God.

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