An investigation by USA Today into the Veterans Administration finds that the embattled agency delivered $142 million in bonuses to its employees in 2014. 

Among the highlights of the investigation were revelations that managers at facilities that were at the center of high-profile scandals got performance-based bonuses of between several hundred and several thousand dollars. 

The bonuses paid out to individual VA employees are a pittance compared to the eye-popping sums doled out to executives by taxpayer-rescued Wall Street banks in the midst of the Great Recession, but the symbolic effect of bad public employees being rewarded is bound to have political ramifications. 

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