VA Secretary Bob McDonald is willing to concede that the Department of Veterans Affairs has some improvements to make.

The embattled department has been the source of several high-profile scandals in recent years over poor care at some of its facilities and long wait times for veterans seeking operations and other life-saving medical services.

But in a column for USA Today, McDonald said that a recent report from that paper on the $142 million in bonuses his agency had paid out to employees last year was much ado about nothing.

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