The Department of Veterans Affairs said it has the right leadership and contractors in place this time to resolve the department’s longstanding IT issues and prepare for Forever GI bill implementation.
VA Inspector General Michael Missal said despite enthusiasm for the passage of the Forever GI bill, the agency has yet to meet a single deadline.
VA inspector general Michael Missal details the struggle the Veteran Benefits Administration has had implementing provisions of the Forever GI Bill.
Lawmakers want to re-examine the structure of the Veterans Health Administration after a report the Veterans Affairs Inspector General referred to as “serious” and “disturbing.”
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 House Veterans Affairs Committee wrote to the Justice Department, asking that DOJ investigate whether VA officials lied before Congress when they testified about ongoing schedule and cost overruns for new medical center in Denver. A new report from VA’s inspector general slammed the department’s leadership for making poor decisions about the hospital’s construction that weren’t in the best interest of the veterans they hope to serve.
For the second time this year, the Office of Special Counsel said the Veterans Affairs Inspector General isn’t properly addressing three cases of whistleblower allegations. OSC Special Counsel Carolyn Lerner voiced similar concerns about two other cases to President Barack Obama in February.
There isn’t much more the Veterans Affairs Department can do, now that the Merit Systems Protection Board overturned punishments for two of four senior executives accused of misconduct. The VA handed out lighter punishments to the four VBA leaders, despite criticism from Congress.
The Department of Veterans Affairs is rolling out a scheduling pilot program to make it easier for veterans to get access to medical care. The pilot was one of many updates VA’s CIO LaVerne Council shared with lawmakers March 16.