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Chairman Miller Statement on Nomination of Robert McDonald for VA Secretary

Jun 29, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C.— After the White House announced plans to nominate Robert McDonald for secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, Chairman Jeff Miller released the following statement:     

“If confirmed by the Senate, Robert McDonald will inherit a Department of Veterans Affairs under a specter of corruption that may very well surpass anything in the history of American government. In order to pave the way for serious and substantive reforms that will help VA to effectively deliver the care and benefits our veterans have earned, he’ll need to root out the culture of dishonesty and fraud that has taken hold within the department and is contributing to all of its most pressing challenges. Quite simply, those who created the VA scandal will need to be purged from the system. Personnel changes, however, won’t be enough. The only way McDonald can set the department up for long term success is to take the opposite approach of some other VA senior leaders.  That means focusing on solving problems instead of downplaying or hiding them, holding employees accountable for mismanagement and negligence that harms veterans, and understanding that taxpayer funded organizations such as VA have a responsibility to provide information to Congress and the public rather than stonewalling them.” – Rep. Jeff Miller, Chairman, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs