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Chairman Miller Statement on VA's Restructuring Announcement

Nov 10, 2014
Press Release

WASHINGTON Chairman Jeff Miller released the following statement today after the Department of Veterans Affairs announced its plan for organizational restructuring:

“New plans, initiatives and organizational structures are all well and good, but they will not produce their intended results until VA rids itself of the employees who have shaken veterans’ trust in the system. So far VA hasn’t done that – as evidenced by the fact that the majority of those who caused the VA scandal are still on the department payroll. I’m disappointed that instead of fully embracing the new firing authorities Congress and President Obama gave VA as part of the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act, the department has shied away from them and even added more bureaucratic red tape such as additional appeals and interminable stints on paid leave. No one doubts that reforming VA is a tough job. But getting rid of failed executives should be the easiest part – not the most difficult.” – Rep. Jeff Miller, Chairman, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs

113th Congress