2 high-ranking VA officials demoted

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2005
Washington, UNITED STATES: A sign at the United States Department of Veterans Affairs building is shown 15 August, 2006 in Washington,DC. The US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is a Cabinet department of the United States government responsible for administering programs of veterans benefits for veterans, their families, and survivors. It was formerly called the Veterans Administration, also called the VA, which was established 21 July, 1930 to consolidate and coordinate government activities affecting war veterans. (Photo credit should read KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

Washington, UNITED STATES: A sign at the United States Department of Veterans Affairs building is shown 15 August, 2006 in Washington,DC. The US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is a Cabinet department of the United States government responsible for administering programs of veterans benefits for veterans, their families, and survivors. It was formerly called the Veterans Administration, also called the VA, which was established 21 July, 1930 to consolidate and coordinate government activities affecting war veterans. (Photo credit should read KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

By Matthew Daly

Two high-ranking officials at the Department of Veterans Affairs were demoted Friday in response to allegations that they manipulated the agency’s hiring system for their own gain.

The VA said in a statement that Diana Rubens and Kimberly Graves were demoted from senior executives — the highest rank for career employees — to general workers within the Veterans Benefits Administration.

Rubens was paid $181,497 as director of the Philadelphia regional office for the VBA, while Graves earned $173,949 as leader of the St. Paul, Minnesota, regional office.hire vets

The VA’s acting inspector general said in a report this fall that Rubens and 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.

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