U.S. Congressman Marlin Stutzman issued the following statement, calling for increased accountability within the Department of Veterans Affairs.
“I am appalled by the VA’s record of mismanagement across the country. Veterans and taxpayers deserve the truth and Secretary Shinseki’s testimony before the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs today was an important step toward transparency. I look forward to the House’s continued oversight hearings. My colleagues and I will work to hold the VA accountable and ensure that our nation’s veterans receive nothing short of the care they deserve. The American people expect transparency and accountability from the Administration. For that reason, I am supporting legislative efforts to give the Secretary of the VA greater authority to fire bureaucrats who do not measure up. In the coming weeks, I will continue working with VA leaders at the local and national level.”
Last Thursday, in response to reports of lengthy patient wait times and allegations of cover-up at VA hospitals, the U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs held a hearing entitled, “The State of VA Health Care,” receiving testimony from Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki, VA Under Secretary for Health Robert Petzel, Acting Inspector General for the Department of Veterans Affairs Richard Griffin and several Veteran Service Organizations.
The Department of Veterans Affairs Management Accountability Act of 2014 (H.R. 4031), authored by House Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller (R-FL), would give the Secretary of Veterans Affairs the authority to remove employees of the Senior Executive Service for poor performance