It sounds more like an excuse to me to blame the little guy. When funding is most likely the cause of the problems. I can't imagine that the VA is so full of slackers that it has caused the problems they have. It sounds like a political ploy so some representative could claim credit for something. The politics run so deep here that it is hard telling the truth from the lies. It is understandable if you are understaffed to have employee morale problems, but to then blame them for the problems just doubles down on both the morale and understaffing problems. Correct the understaffing problems, spend some more money and start managing correctly and you may be surprised at the results you achieve.