Joint Hearing of the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs of the U.S. Senate and the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs of the U.S. House of Representatives at 1:00 p.m. CDT.
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The chairman and ranking members of the House Veterans Affairs Committee are demanding a complete accounting of where and how the Department of Veterans Affairs has spent money on employee conferences since 2009.
Stars & Stripes is reporting that the Department of Veterans Affairs spent a grand total of $52,000 on this video played at a conference for employees.
The Veterans Affairs Department allegedly spent $52,000 to produce an 18-minute video parodying the movie “Patton” as part of two training conferences now being investigated for wasteful spending.
At least three key lawmakers have sent letters to the Veterans Affairs Department demanding further details on two multimillion-dollar federal training conferences held in Florida last summer, specifically asking about a video featuring an actor reprising the famous opening scene from the 1970 film “Patton.”
Republican Rep. Jeff Miller, chairman of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, is pressing the Obama administration for detailed records on multi-million-dollar conferences the Department of Veterans Affairs has conducted over the past three years.