VA officials face House hearing on job-manipulation claims

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Two high-ranking officials at the Department of Veterans Affairs have been issued subpoenas to testify at a congressional hearing on allegations that they manipulated the agency's hiring system for their own gain.

The VA's acting inspector general says Diana Rubens and Kimberly Graves forced lower-ranking regional managers to accept job transfers against their will. Rubens and Graves then stepped into the vacant positions themselves, keeping their pay while reducing their responsibilities.

Rubens is the director of the Philadelphia regional office for the Veterans Benefits Administration, and Graves is her counterpart in the St. Paul, Minnesota, office. They face possible criminal prosecution.

The two are among five high-ranking VA officials who received subpoenas to appear at a hearing Monday night conducted by the House Veterans Affairs Committee.