11-30-2012

House Panel Wants Better Oversight of VA

Members of the House Veterans Affairs Committee (HVAC) expressed frustration at a hearing this week regarding delays and inaccuracies in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) reports regarding VA employee conferences and foreign travel.

“Lengthy delays or not responding to requests at all has become the norm,” stated Rep. Jeff Miller, (Fla.) HVAC Chairman.  In an effort to stem excess spending, the House passed a bill (H.R. 2302) last year, which VA opposed, to increase accountability and oversight of VA conference spending. The provisions of the bill became law earlier this year (P.L. 112-154).