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  • The VA must be held accountable. Here’s what Congress needs to do
    Posted in News & Opinion on March 16, 2017 | Preview rr

    The VA must be held accountable. Here’s what Congress needs to do By Chairman Phil Roe, M.D. FoxNews.com A recent study completed by the U.S. Government Accountability Office found that, on average, it takes six months to a year to remove a permanent civil servant in the federal government. Oftentimes, it takes even longer. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is not exempt from the red-tape that prevents agency leadership from firing or disciplining employees within their agency. President O... Read more

  • Vets deserve better than VA's practice of rewarding failure
    Posted in News & Opinion on August 8, 2013 | Preview rr

    The Department of Veterans Affairs has received a lot of negative attention lately for failing to adequately deliver the care and benefits America promised our veterans. In addition to the department’s massive disability-benefits backlog, a disturbing pattern of preventable veteran deaths and other patient-safety issues has emerged at VA hospitals around the country. Read more

  • Hearing on Veterans Affairs conference spending turns combative
    Posted in News & Opinion on November 29, 2012 | Preview rr

    Veterans Affairs Department officials assured lawmakers during a hearing Wednesday that VA has taken measures to ensure it will not waste taxpayer dollars on lavish conferences such as two widely criticized human resources training events held in Orlando, Fla., in the summer of 2011. But the hearing turned contentious, with one Republican going as far as to say he “could care less about the bureaucrats” at VA. Read more

  • Lawmakers angry over elusive VA spending data
    Posted in News & Opinion on November 29, 2012 | Preview rr

    The Department of Veterans Affairs spent nearly $87 million on training conferences last year. Maybe. Read more

  • Panel chair raps VA officials over travel spending
    Posted in News & Opinion on November 29, 2012 | Preview rr

    “The truce is off,” the House Veterans Affairs’ Committee chairman declared Wednesday in an abrupt and explosive end to a hearing looking at VA spending on conferences and travel. Read more

  • Congress Blasts VA, Declares 'Truce Is Over'
    Posted in News & Opinion on November 29, 2012 | Preview rr

    The chair of the House Veterans Affairs Committee blasted VA officials at the end of a contentious hearing Wednesday declaring the "truce is over" after the Congressional committee ripped VA leaders for more frivolous spending on VA "boondoogles." Read more

  • Fireworks on the Hill! House committee head erupts over VA 'stonewalling'
    Posted in News & Opinion on November 29, 2012 | Preview rr

    Scott Gould pushed Jeff Miller's buttons one time too many today. "The truce is over. Expect much more oversight from this committee," said Miller, the Florida congressman who chairs the House Committee on Veterans Affairs. Read more

  • VA and House Committee spar over Facebook photos
    Posted in News & Opinion on November 29, 2012 | Preview rr

    On their face, the photos from an official Department of Veterans Affairs Facebook page displayed at a House Veterans Affairs Committee hearing Wednesday looked suspiciously like a junket. Read more

  • House panel promises more aggressive VA oversight
    Posted in News & Opinion on November 29, 2012 | Preview rr

    The truce is over and expect more aggressive oversight in the coming months, a House committee chairman angrily told leaders of the Department of Veterans Affairs on Wednesday. Read more

  • 'Truce is over': Fired-up congressional panel vows strict VA oversight
    Posted in News & Opinion on November 29, 2012 | Preview rr

    Members of Congress angrily vowed Wednesday to crank its investigative floodlights far brighter on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, accusing agency leaders of dodging direct questions on travel and conference spending, failing to disclose a gathering in Las Vegas, and exhibiting “total incompetence” as veterans wait in record-long lines for medical help. Read more

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