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108th Congress Hearing Archives

108th Hearing Reports

October 2004

Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee
Hearing on the status of the Department of Veterans Affairs smart card initiative(s).
DATE/TIME/PLACE: October 6
(Wednesday), 9:30 a.m., 334 Cannon
Witness List | Audio Coverage | Hearing Record PDF (2.34 MB)

September 2004

Full Committee with Senate VA Committee
Legislative presentation of The American Legion
DATE/TIME/PLACE: September 21
(Tuesday), 10:00 a.m., 345 Cannon
Witness List

August 2004

Full Committee
Hearing on Three Years After 9/11:
Is the Nation Medically Prepared and What Should VA's Role Be in Homeland Security?
DATE/TIME/PLACE: August 26
(Thursday), 10:00 a.m., 334 Cannon
Witness List | Audio Coverage | Hearing Record PDF (5.16 MB)

July 2004

Full Committee
Hearing on the evolution of VA-DoD collaboration in research and amputee care for veterans of current and past conflicts, and needed reforms in VA blind rehabilitation services
DATE/TIME/PLACE: July 22
(Thursday), 9:30 a.m., 334 Cannon
Witness List | Audio Coverage | Hearing Record PDF (5.22 MB)

Full Committee
MARKUP of pending legislation
DATE/TIME/PLACE: July 21
(Wednesday), 1:00 p.m., 334 Cannon
Audio Coverage

Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee
Hearing on the VA’s progress in its third party collections program and implementation of the Patient Financial Services System
DATE/TIME/PLACE: July 21
(Wednesday), 10:00 a.m., 334 Cannon
Witness List | Audio Coverage | Hearing Record PDF (2.42 MB)

Benefits Subcommittee joint with Subcommittee on Workforce, Empowerment,and Govt. Programs of the Committee on Small Business
Hearing on Federal department and agency initiatives to use discretionary set aside and restricted authorities (established in P.L. 108-183) in contracting with service-disabled veteran owned small businesses
DATE/TIME/PLACE: July 15
(Thursday), 2:00 p.m., 311 Cannon
Witness List

Health Subcommittee
MARKUP H.R. ___ [to be introduced], a bill to authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to enter into certain capital leases, and for other purposes.
DATE/TIME/PLACE: July 8
(Thursday), 9:30 a.m., 334 Cannon

June 2004

Health Subcommittee
Legislative hearing to consider a draft bill to authorize numerous capital leases, changes to the enhanced-use lease authority, capital asset and construction matters, and for other purposes
DATE/TIME/PLACE: June 24
(Thursday), 9:30 a.m., 334 Cannon
Witness List  | Audio Coverage | Hearing Record PDF (3.21 MB)

Full Committee
Legislative and oversight hearing: “Protecting the Rights of Those Who Protect Us: Public Sector Compliance with the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) and Improvements to the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA)” Testimony will be received on:  H.R. 3779, the Safeguarding Schoolchildren of Deployed Soldiers Act of 2004;  H.R. 4477, the Patriotic Employer Act of 2004; and two draft bills, the USERRA Health Care Coverage Extension Act of 2004, and the Servicemembers Legal Protection Act of 2004
DATE/TIME/PLACE: June 23
(Wednesday), 10:00 a.m., 334 Cannon
Witness List | Audio Coverage | Hearing Record PDF (7.21 MB)

Full Committee
Follow up hearing (to one in 2003) on efforts to identify and eliminate fraud, waste, abuse, and mismanagement in programs administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs
DATE/TIME/PLACE: June 17
(Thursday), 10:00 a.m., 334 Cannon
Witness List | Audio Coverage | Hearing Record PDF (7.18 MB)

Benefits Subcommittee
Legislative hearing on the following bills:  H.R. 4032, the Veterans Fiduciary Act of 2004; and a draft bill, the Veterans Self-Employment Act of 2004
DATE/TIME/PLACE: June 16
(Wednesday), 11:00 a.m., 340 Cannon
Witness List | Hearing Record PDF (1.88 MB)

Health Subcommittee
Oversight (field) hearing on optimizing facilities and improving health care and benefit services to veterans in the state of Connecticut
DATE/TIME/PLACE: June 7
(Monday), 9:30 a.m., VAMC Newington Connecticut
Witness List | Hearing Record PDF (2.45 MB)

May 2004

Full Committee
MARKUP of pending legislation
DATE/TIME/PLACE: May 19
(Wednesday), 2:00 p.m., 334 Cannon
Audio Coverage

Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee
Hearing on VA’s role in the future of electronic health records
DATE/TIME/PLACE: May 19
(Wednesday), 10:00 a.m., 334 Cannon
Witness List | Audio Coverage | Hearing Record PDF (1.86 MB)

Full Committee
Oversight hearing on homeless assistance programs for veterans
DATE/TIME/PLACE: May 18
(Tuesday), 10:30 a.m., 334 Cannon Witness List | Audio Coverage | Hearing Record PDF (3.75 MB)

Benefits Subcommittee
MARKUP of pending legislation
DATE/TIME/PLACE: May 13
(Thursday), 11:00 a.m., 334 CannonAudio Coverage

Health Subcommittee
MARKUP of pending legislation
DATE/TIME/PLACE: May 13
(Thursday), 9:30 a.m., 334 Cannon
Audio Coverage

Health Subcommittee
Legislative hearing on H.R. 4020, the State Veterans’ Homes Nurse Recruitment and Retention Act of 2004;  H.R. 4231, the Department of Veterans Affairs Nurse Recruitment and Retention Act of 2004;  H.R. 3849, Military Sexual Trauma Counseling Act of 2004; H.R. 4248, Homeless Veterans Assistance Reauthorization Act of 2004; and a draft bill to reform the qualifications and selection requirements for the position of the Under Secretary for Health
DATE/TIME/PLACE: May 6
(Thursday), 9:45 a.m., 334 Cannon Witness List | Audio Coverage | Hearing Record PDF (3.76 MB)

April 2004

Benefits Subcommittee 
Legislative hearing on H.R. 348, H.R. 843, H.R. 1735, H.R. 2206, H.R. 2612, H.R. 4065 & three draft bills
DATE/TIME/PLACE: April 29
(Thursday), 10:00 a.m., 334 CannonWitness List | Audio Coverage | Hearing Record PDF (5.06 MB)

Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee
Hearing on Department of Veterans Affairs’ research on Alzheimer's,
Diabetes and Parkinson's diseases
DATE/TIME/PLACE: April 28
(Wednesday), 10:00 a.m., 334 Cannon Witness List | Audio Coverage | Hearing Record PDF (2.62 MB)

Health Subcommittee
Field hearing on the status of military and VA health care coordination, including post-deployment health care of recently discharged veterans
DATE/TIME/PLACE: April 13
(Tuesday), 8:30 a.m., Municipal Plaza Building, City Hall Complex, City Council Chambers, 103 Main Plaza San Antonio, TX
Witness List | Hearing Record PDF (2.97 MB)

Benefits Subcommittee 
Oversight hearing to receive the report of the VA Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Service Task Force
DATE/TIME/PLACE: April 1
(Thursday), 10:00 a.m., 334 Cannon Witness List | Audio Coverage | Hearing Record PDF (1.12 MB)

March 2004

Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee
Hearing on current Department of Veterans Affairs employment practices with regard to procedures for background checks and credentialing
DATE/TIME/PLACE: March 31
(Wednesday), 10:00 a.m., 334 Cannon
Witness List | Audio Coverage | Hearing Record PDF (2.17 MB)

Health Subcommittee
Hearing on the Department of Veterans Affairs providing certain veterans with a prescription-only health care benefit
DATE/TIME/PLACE: March 30
(Tuesday), 10:00 a.m., 334 Cannon
Witness List | Audio Coverage | Hearing Record PDF (2.28 MB)

Full Committee joint with Senate Veterans Committee
Joint hearing to receive the legislative presentation of the National Association of State Directors of Veterans Affairs, AMVETS, American Ex-POWs, Vietnam Veterans of America and the Military Officers Association of America
DATE/TIME/PLACE: March 25
(Thursday), 10:00 a.m., 345 Cannon Witness List

Full Committee<
Hearing on “Employing Veterans of Our Armed Forces”
DATE/TIME/PLACE: March 24
(Wednesday), 11:00 a.m., 334 Cannon
Witness List | Audio Coverage | Hearing Record PDF (2.94 MB)

Full Committee joint with Senate Veterans Committee
Joint hearing to receive the legislative presentation of the Air Force Sergeants Association, The Retired Enlisted Association, Gold Star Wives and Fleet Reserve Association
DATE/TIME/PLACE: March 18
(Thursday), 10:00 a.m., 345 Cannon
Witness List

Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee
Hearing on the VA’s IT program with a focus on the efforts of the VA and DoD in the sharing of medical information and development of a seamless medical record
DATE/TIME/PLACE: March 17
(Wednesday), 10:00 a.m., 334 Cannon
Witness List | Audio Coverage | Hearing Record PDF (4.67 MB)

Health Subcommittee
Hearing on the status of Department of Veterans Affairs’ post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) programs
DATE/TIME/PLACE: March 11
(Thursday), 9:30 a.m., 334 Cannon
Witness List | Audio Coverage | Hearing Record PDF (5.94 MB)

Full Committee joint with Senate Veterans Committee
Joint hearing to receive the legislative presentation of the Veterans of Foreign Wars
DATE/TIME/PLACE: March 10
(Wednesday), 10:00 a.m., 216 Hart SOB
Witness List

Full Committee joint with Senate Veterans Committee
Joint hearing to receive the legislative presentation of the Non Commissioned Officers Association, Military Order of the Purple Heart, Paralyzed Veterans of America, Jewish War Veterans and Blinded Veterans Association
DATE/TIME/PLACE: March 4
(Thursday), 10:00 a.m., 345 Cannon
Witness List

February 2004

Full Committee joint with Senate Veterans Committee
Joint hearing to receive the legislative presentation of the Disabled American Veterans
DATE/TIME/PLACE: February 24 (Tuesday), 2:00 p.m., 216 Hart SOB
Witness List

Full Committee
Hearing on the President’s proposed FY’05 budget for the Department of Veterans Affairs
DATE/TIME/PLACE: February 4 (Wednesday), 9:30 a.m., 334 Cannon
Witness List | Audio Coverage | Hearing Record PDF (6.9 MB)

January 2004

Full Committee
Hearing on Department of Veterans Affairs long-term care policies
DATE/TIME/PLACE: January 28 (Wednesday), 12:00 p.m., 334 Cannon
Witness List | Audio Coverage | Hearing Record PDF (10.1 MB)

November 2003

Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee
Hearing to review progress being made by the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs with the sharing of medical information and development of a seamless electronic medical record
DATE/TIME/PLACE: November 19 (Wednesday), 10:30 a.m., 334 Cannon
Witness List | Audio Coverage  | Hearing Record PDF (4.57 MB)

October 2003

Health Subcommittee
Hearing on Department of Veterans Affairs physician and dentist compensation issues
DATE/TIME/PLACE: October 21 (Tuesday), 2:00 p.m., 334 Cannon
Witness List | Audio Coverage  | Hearing Record PDF (6.83 MB)

Full Committee
Handoff or Fumble:  Do VA and DOD Provide Seamless Health Care Coverage to Transitioning Veterans?
DATE/TIME/PLACE: October 16 (Thursday), 10:00 a.m., 334 Cannon
Witness List | Listen to Audio Coverage | Hearing Record PDF (6.17 MB)

Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee
Hearing on the impact of the nursing shortage on the Department of Veterans Affairs
DATE/TIME/PLACE: October 2 (Thursday), 10:00 a.m., 334 Cannon
Witness List | Listen to Audio Coverage | Hearing Record PDF (6.15 MB)

September 2003

Health Subcommittee
Legislative hearing to address access to health care through the Department of Veterans Affairs, and consideration of two health care bills, H.R. 2379,Rural Veterans Access to Care Act and H.R. 3094, Veterans Timely Access to Health Care Act
DATE/TIME/PLACE: September 30 (Tuesday), 2:30 p.m., 340 Cannon
Witness List | Listen to Audio Coverage | Hearing Record PDF (12.8 MB)

Benefits Subcommittee 
Hearing on the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Life Insurance Program
DATE/TIME/PLACE: September 25 (Thursday), 10:30 a.m., 334 Cannon
Witness List | Listen to Audio Coverage | Hearing Record PDF (2.60 MB)

Full Committee with Senate VA Committee
Hearing to receive the legislative priorities of The American Legion
DATE/TIME/PLACE: September 16 (Tuesday), 10:00 a.m., 216 Hart SOB
Witness List

July 2003

Benefits Subcommittee 
Hearing on the Department of Labor’s administration of the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) under chapter 43 of title 38, United States Code
DATE/TIME/PLACE: July 24 (Thursday), 9:30 a.m., 334 Cannon
Witness List | Click here to listen live.Listen to Audio CoverageClick here to listen live. | Hearing Record PDF (4.03 MB)

Benefits Subcommittee
Hearing on  Department of Veterans Affairs’ Fiduciary and Field Examination Activity
DATE/TIME/PLACE: July 16 (Wednesday), 10:30 a.m., 334 Cannon
Witness List | Click here to listen live.Listen to Audio CoverageClick here to listen live. | Hearing Record PDF (1.47 MB)

Health Subcommittee
Hearing on H.R. 1585, a bill to establish an office to oversee research compliance and assurance within the Veterans Health Administration of the Department of Veterans Affairs
DATE/TIME/PLACE: July 15 (Tuesday), 10:00 a.m., 334 Cannon
Witness List | Click here to listen live.Listen to Audio CoverageClick here to listen live. | Hearing Record PDF (1.89 MB)

Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee
Hearing to review the pre- and post-deployment health assessment processing of troops recently deployed to the Persian Gulf
DATE/TIME/PLACE: July 9 (Wednesday), 2:00 p.m., 334 Cannon
Witness List | Hearing Record PDF (2.81 MB)

June 2003

Full Committee
MARKUP of pending legislation
DATE/TIME/PLACE: June 26 (Thursday), 10:00 a.m., 334 Cannon

Benefits Subcommittee
MARKUP of pending legislation
DATE/TIME/PLACE: June 25 (Wednesday), 10:00 a.m., 334 Cannon

Health Subcommittee
MARKUP of pending legislation
DATE/TIME/PLACE: June 24 (Tuesday), 11:00 a.m., 334 Cannon

Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee
Hearing to assess the Department of Veterans Affairs’ management of the human subject protections maintained in its nationwide research programs
DATE/TIME/PLACE: June 18 (Wednesday), 10:00 a.m., 334 Cannon
Witness List | Hearing Record PDF (2.49 MB)

Full Committee
Second hearing (following June 3) on the Report of the President’s Task Force to Improve Health Care Delivery for our Nation’s Veterans
DATE/TIME/PLACE: June 17 (Tuesday), 10:00 a.m., 334 Cannon
Witness List | Hearing Record PDF (7.00 MB)

Health Subcommittee
Legislative hearing to consider VA major medical facility construction projects
DATE/TIME/PLACE: June 11 (Wednesday), 2:00 p.m., 334 Cannon
Witness List | Hearing Record PDF (3.65 MB)

Benefits Subcommittee
Legislative hearing on the following bills:  H.R. 886, to provide for the payment of dependency and indemnity compensation to the survivors of former prisoners of war who died on or before September 30, 1999, under the same eligibility conditions as apply to payment of dependency and indemnity compensation to the survivors of former prisoners of war who die after that date; H.R. 1167, to permit remarried surviving spouses of veterans to be eligible for burial in a national cemetery; H.R. 1500, the Veterans' Appraiser Choice Act; H.R. 1516, to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to establish a national cemetery for veterans in southeastern Pennsylvania; H.R. 2163, to exclude the proceeds of life insurance from consideration as income for purposes of determining veterans' pension benefits; and,H.R. 2164, to provide for an extension in the period of eligibility for survivors' and dependents' education benefits for members of the National Guard who are involuntarily ordered to full-time National Guard duty.  The Subcommittee will also consider two draft bills:  the Servicemembers Overseas Outreach Act and a bill derived from an Administration proposal to modify and improve certain benefits for veterans
DATE/TIME/PLACE: June 11 (Wednesday), 10:30 a.m., 334 Cannon
Witness List | Hearing Record PDF (3.29 MB)

Full Committee
Second hearing (following May 8) on past and present efforts to identify and eliminate fraud, waste, abuse and mismanagement in programs administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs
DATE/TIME/PLACE: June 10 (Tuesday), 10:00 a.m., 334 Cannon
Witness List | Hearing Record PDF (6.54 MB)

Full Committee
Hearing to receive the Final Report of the President’s Task Force to Improve Health Care Delivery for our Nation's Veterans.  The Task Force recommends replacing the current discretionary funding process for VA health care to provide “full funding” to meet demand and assure compliance with VA’s defined patient access standards.
DATE/TIME/PLACE: June 3 (Tuesday), 10:00 a.m., 334 Cannon
Witness List | Hearing Record PDF (7.00 MB)

May 2003

Health Subcommittee
Hearing on long-term care programs in the Department of Veterans Affairs
DATE/TIME/PLACE: May 22 (Thursday), 1:30 p.m., 334 Cannon
Witness List | Hearing Record PDF (3.59 MB)

Full Committee
MARKUP of pending legislation (measures reported by the subcommittees)
DATE/TIME/PLACE: May 15 (Thursday), 10:00 a.m., 334 Cannon

Full Committee
Hearing on past and present efforts to identify and eliminate fraud, waste, abuse and mismanagement in programs administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs
DATE/TIME/PLACE: May 8 (Thursday), 10:00 a.m., 334 Cannon
Witness List | Hearing Record PDF (6.54 MB)

Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee
Hearing to review the progress of the Department of Veterans Affairs concerning the collections of its Medical Care Collection Fund
DATE/TIME/PLACE: May 7 (Wednesday), 2:00 p.m., 334 Cannon
Witness List | Hearing Record PDF (3.77 MB)

Benefits Subcommittee
MARKUP of pending legislation
DATE/TIME/PLACE: May 7 (Wednesday), 11:30 a.m., 334 Cannon

Health Subcommittee
MARKUP of pending legislation, immediately followed by an oversight hearing on the status of homeless-assistance programs for veterans conducted by the Department of Veterans Affairs, including its coordination with community based providers and other agencies
DATE/TIME/PLACE: May 6 (Tuesday), 1:00 p.m., 334 Cannon
Witness List | Hearing Record PDF (9.20 MB)

April 2003

Benefits Subcommittee
Legislative hearing on H.R. 1460. the Veterans Entrepreneurship Act of 2003; H.R. 1712, the Veterans Federal Procurement Opportunity Act of 2003; and H.R. 1716, the Veterans Earn and Learn Act
DATE/TIME/PLACE: April 30 (Wednesday), 10:00 a.m., 334 Cannon
Witness List | Hearing Record PDF (13.1 MB)

Health Subcommittee
Oversight hearing on medical and prosthetic research programs in the Department of Veterans Affairs
DATE/TIME/PLACE: April 10 (Thursday), 1:00 p.m., 334 Cannon
Witness List | Hearing Record PDF (2.09 MB)

Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee
Hearing on VA’s progress in the development of the medical education program mandated by Section 3 of the Department of Veterans Affairs Emergency Preparedness Act of 2002
DATE/TIME/PLACE: April 10 (Thursday), 10:00 a.m., 340 Cannon
Witness List | Hearing Record PDF (1.84 MB)

Benefits Subcommittee
Legislative hearing on H.R. 241, the Veterans Beneficiary Fairness Act of 2003; H.R. 533, the Agent Orange Veterans’ Disabled Children’s Benefits Act of 2003; H.R. 761, the Disabled Servicemembers Adapted Housing Assistance Act of 2003; H.R. 850, the Former Prisoners of War Special Compensation Act of 2003;H.R. 966, the Disabled Veterans Return-to-Work Act of 2003; and H.R. 1048, the Disabled Veterans Adaptive Benefits Improvement Act of 2003
DATE/TIME/PLACE: April 10 (Thursday), 9:30 a.m., 334 Cannon
Witness List | Hearing Record PDF (3.65 MB)

Benefits Subcommittee
Joint hearing on the Troops to Teachers program
This is a subcommittee of the Committee on Education and the Workforce
DATE/TIME/PLACE: April 9 (Wednesday), 2:00 p.m., 334 Cannon
Witness List | Hearing Record PDF (2.04 MB)

Full Committee
MARKUP of H.R.100, Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, and H.R. 1297, Columbia Orbiter Memorial Act
DATE/TIME/PLACE: April 3 (Thursday), 9:30 a.m., 334 Cannon

March 2003

Health Subcommittee
Oversight hearing on the status of the implementation of Public Law 107-287, the Department of Veterans Affairs Emergency Preparedness Act of 2002, and post deployment health care for veterans
DATE/TIME/PLACE: March 27 (Thursday), 10:00 a.m., 334 Cannon
Witness List | Hearing Record PDF (9.08 MB)

Full Committee with Senate VA Committee
Hearing to receive the 2003 legislative priorities of AMVETS, American Ex-Prisoners of War, Vietnam Veterans of America, Military Officers Association of America and the National Association of State Directors of Veterans Affairs
DATE/TIME/PLACE: March 20 (Thursday), 10:00 a.m., 345 Cannon
Witness List

Health Subcommittee
Hearing on the availability and eligibility for pharmaceutical services provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs
DATE/TIME/PLACE: March 19 (Wednesday), 2:00 p.m., 334 Cannon
Witness List | Hearing Record PDF (2.67 MB)

Full Committee with Senate VA Committee
Hearing to receive the 2003 legislative priorities of The Retired Enlisted Association, Gold Star Wives, Fleet Reserve Association and Air Force Sergeants Association
DATE/TIME/PLACE: March 13 (Thursday), 10:00 a.m., 345 Cannon
Witness List

Full Committee with Senate VA Committee
Hearing to receive the 2003 legislative priorities of the Veterans of Foreign Wars
DATE/TIME/PLACE: March 12 (Wednesday), 10:00 a.m., 345 Cannon
Witness List

Full Committee with Senate VA Committee
Hearing to receive the 2003 legislative priorities of the Military Order of the Purple Heart. Paralyzed Veterans of America, Jewish War Veterans, Blinded Veterans Association and Non Commissioned Officers Association
DATE/TIME/PLACE: March 6 (Thursday), 10:00 a.m., 345 Cannon
Witness List

February 2003

Full Committee
Business meeting to approve the Committee's Views and Estimates of the Administration's Fiscal Year 2004 Budget
DATE/TIME/PLACE: February 27 (Thursday), 2:00 p.m., 334 Cannon

Full Committee with Senate VA Committee
Hearing to receive the 2003 legislative priorities of the Disabled American Veterans
DATE/TIME/PLACE: February 25 (Tuesday), 2:00 p.m., 216 Hart Senate Office Building
Witness List

Full Committee
Hearing on the Department of Veterans Affairs budget request for FY 2004
DATE/TIME/PLACE: February 11 (Tuesday), 10:00 a.m., 334 Cannon
Witness List | Hearing Record PDF (9.19 MB)

Full Committee
Hearing on the State of Veterans’ Employment
DATE/TIME/PLACE: February 5 (Wednesday), 2:00 p.m., 334 Cannon
Witness List | Hearing Record PDF (4.96 MB)

January 2003

Full Committee
Hearing on the Department of Veterans Affairs health care system
DATE/TIME/PLACE: January 29 (Wednesday), 1:30 p.m., 334 Cannon
Witness List | Hearing Record PDF (4.69 MB)

Full Committee
Organizational Meeting
DATE/TIME/PLACE: January 29 (Wednesday), 1:00 p.m., 334 Cannon