The Veterans Benefits Administration announced plans to reset its implementation of portions of the Forever GI Act, but the approach sparked confusion from some lawmakers.
The VBA missed a deadline to implement a new benefit system in August, and now that it looks like the agency won’t be ready for the spring semester either, lawmakers wanted to know why.
Lawmakers on the House Veterans Affairs Committee said they’re still looking for more answers about VA’s budget, staffing and leadership plans for its massive, 10-year electronic health record modernization effort.
The organizational chart that maps out responsibilities for ensuring VA’s new electronic health record will work with DoD’s has 16 different boxes in it. That’s a worry for many lawmakers.
Lawmakers have introduced legislation to expand VA Choice privileges, grow cyber talent and promote infrastructure projects.
Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin said Thursday he would reimburse the U.S. Treasury for his wife’s travel expenses and instead wanted to turn attention back to veterans issues. VA is requesting a $12 billion budget increase for 2019.
The National Commission on Military, National and Public Service launched its two-year study, which will gather public feedback on the military’s selection service and other civilian volunteer programs. Commissioners hope these conversations will renew the public’s interest in serving in national service.
Congress wants the Veterans Affairs Department to expand acquisition internship program and start using the same requirements to report cost savings from procurement activities. Lawmakers see these pieces of legislation as easy bills, but VA has its objections.
The Defense Department is giving Congress its suggestions for the 2018 defense authorization bill. The proposal gives service members a 2.1 percent pay raise.
The new chairman and ranking member of the House Armed Services Personnel Subcommittee tell Federal News Radio what they are thinking for the next NDAA.