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Department of Veterans Affairs officials improperly approved nearly $11 million in bonuses to senior executives intended for other workers, a department watchdog said in a new report.

The money was recently allocated by Congress and intended to be used to recruit “critical skill” employees but ended up in the hands of senior executives in the VA’s central Washington office, according to an inspector general’s report posted Thursday.

The funds, authorized by the Pact Act, were meant to be incentives in hiring and retaining specialists needed to process billion in new benefits for veterans dealing with health issues from being exposed to burn pits. Agent Orange and other toxic hazards.

The IG report said the money was paid instead as bonuses to more than 180 senior executives last year, with several taking home more than $100,000.

The average bonus paid out was over $55,000, the report said.

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