(WASHINGTON, D.C.)  – Representative Charlie Dent (PA-15), Chairman of the House Appropriations Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies (MILCON-VA) Subcommittee, led a hearing today focused on VA oversight and accountability topics in the subcommittee’s second Fiscal Year 2018 budget hearing.  The subcommittee received testimony from the Honorable Michael J. Missal, Inspector General of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).  

“Regrettably, our nation’s Veterans have endured a VA that has been riddled with an unacceptable number of questionable management decisions and scandals over the last few years. The VA OIG has played a critical role in bringing service shortcomings to light through their thorough and nonpartisan audits and investigations.  I remain confident that Inspector General Missal and his team at the VA OIG will continue their work to preserve our Veterans’ trust, increase transparency, and drive further improvements across the VA,” Chairman Dent said. “This subcommittee plays an important oversight role to ensure that the VA is meeting the needs of our veterans and their loved ones and that taxpayer dollars are being managed responsibly and efficiently, and the VA OIG’s reports and findings are a valued resource in that effort.”

The VA OIG seeks to provide accountability and oversight to all VA programs and operations including healthcare services and operations, benefits administration, financial management, and information technology and security. IG Missal outlined his vision for the VA OIG’s work and expressed his desire to hold the VA’s employees to the highest standards of ethics accountability. Topics raised within the hearing included a focus on reducing wait times within the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), updating the VA’s antiquated IT system, and efforts to address ongoing problems with the Veteran’s suicide prevention Crisis Line.

“By holding the VA accountable to those who utilize its services and the taxpayers who fund its programs, Congress can better serve those who have dedicated their lives to protecting others,” Dent continued. “I look forward to continuing to work with the Inspector General as we carry out our work to develop and advance this subcommittee’s Fiscal Year 2018 appropriations bill.”

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