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Pfeffer talks about VA auditUPDATED 5:46 PM HST Jun 13, 2014Video Transcript
of release. The head of the Hawaii Veterans Affairs office is on the hot seat tonight. Wayne Pffefer has been on the job for 8 months, but there are calls for his removal and for a federal probe of his office. Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard said "Pffefer should be fired due to his dishonesty, lack of integrity, incompetence and his flagrant lack of respect and transparency." Senator Brian Schatz has asked the inspector General's office to look into allegations of misconduct. Schatz writes "We are told lower and mid-level management personnel are being to to"cook-the books" regarding patients appointments. Pffefer denies he intentionally misled congressional staffers last week when he failed to share that the wait times for veterans is 145 days. He said the head office wanted to release the data at one time and that he was asked not to share the information until then. - Wayne Pffefer 8:58:- 9:21 - I DIDNT KNOW THE 145-DAY WAIT AS AN ABSOLUTE NUMBER. I KNEW THEY WERE GOING TO RELEASE NUMBER AND WE HAD A LARGE NUMBER OF VETERANS .I DIDNT KNOW HOW WE RANKED NATIONALLY. I KNEW WHEN I CAME HERE I HAD TO OPEN UP THE ACCESS TO NEW PATIENTS, THERE WERE ALOT OF PEOPLE WAITING. AND I HAVE BEEN WORKING ON THAT SINCE I GOT HERE." Pffefer has offered to personally meet with the congressional delegation. He said he welcomes another external review if they feel its necessary.