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House Committee Launches VA Accountability Website

In an effort to highlight some of the accountability and oversight issues at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), a House committee has launched a new page called VA Accountability Watch.

The page, which is run by the House Committee on Veterans Affairs, highlights specific cases of VA mismanagement in cities around the country. Many of the cases involve large bonuses like the $53,000 payment a VA employee in Phoenix, Arizona was paid despite poor performance at their office. There are also cases of medical mismanagement at VA centers that led to outbreaks of disease or even death in Dayton, Pittsburgh, and Atlanta.

The page says it is “dedicated to showing America’s veterans and American taxpayers how the department’s widespread and systemic lack of accountability may actually be encouraging more veteran suffering instead of preventing it.”

In a FedScoop article about the page, POGO’s Director of Public Policy Angela Canterbury said:

It’s terrific to see Congress doing this kind of public engagement on oversight. We have been really impressed by the work being done by the investigators for the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee. This is just the latest example of the committee’s dedication to holding the VA accountable to ensure our veterans get the care they deserve.

The most pressing issue facing the VA is the massive backlog of compensation claims from wounded veterans, but the department has also had problems with risky contracting policies, construction delays, and altering health appointment data to make delays appear shorter.

By: Andre Francisco
Online Producer, POGO

andre francisco Andre Francisco is the Online Producer for the Project On Government Oversight.

Topics: Government Accountability

Related Content: Veterans Affairs

Authors: Andre Francisco

Submitted by PEACEMAKER7 at: May 15, 2014
The systemic problem is the stall tactics are learned and passed throughout the government system. The operations of the VA, IG, and seemingly every other supporting agency is comical. I went to the VA Regional Office in Columbia, SC. I asked to talk to Mr Ard the Veterans Service Center Manager and I was told I had to write a letter to request to talk to him. I then talked to "qualified counselor," Ms Tompkins and she told me that Mr Ard don't have time to talk to just anybody that come in off the streets! I am a veteran with 20 years of service and numerous deployments under my buckle and given very little respect. Now how can I expect to get complete and accurate service for my compensation claim. They treat the veterans as lower class person that constantly begs. As a veteran if I have questions I expect to get the no bull answers and I can move out the way and allow another vet to be served "properly!"
Submitted by bp at: March 14, 2014
I want a job or training to get one. vet at lyons nj
Submitted by chameleon at: November 10, 2013
It's so interesting that vietnam veterans are denied compensation at a very rate.(all sort of excuses)The I.G.'s office is basically a ''figurehead''.Their limitations appear to be numerous,or they have no real interest in addressing ''true''veterans concerns.(a waste of taxpayers money)The people involved in the ''rating system ''is an extremely ''negatively biased''group.The total compensation system needs to be ''revamped''.Do we have the wrong people in positions,when we have persons in positions where ''objectivity''must be exercised,but they have definitive ''subjective biases''.
Submitted by Megan at: September 7, 2013
This is brilliant. I would like to see the concept extended to other federal, state and local government agencies. There is so little accountability in government today, with internal processes consistently manipulated in favor of the institutions. This could provide insurance against retaliation for those who use the internal processes too. Kudos to all who were involved in making the VA Accountability site happen.
Submitted by matinah at: September 7, 2013
this should be an ongoing process in each & every department. sadly it is not. moreover, the information available by parsing or searching elsewhere is time consuming, cannot be deemed totally reliable, often available for periods of years, causing delays in servicing veterans, many others reliant on government oversight to provide info that pertains to monitoring & evaluation of government operations. really inexcusable.
Submitted by mogan at: September 7, 2013
The VA in St Cloud, Mn has a 2.3 million dollar wind turbine that was purchased and shipped from India. The initiative came from Executive Order 13423. The 107 ton turbine had damaged blades at arrival, obsolete and inoperable components, leaked hydrolic fluid, was taken down and repaired, re-installed, and still is not turning! A Massachusetts contractor was given the contract despite the fact that local contractors and maintenance would have made a logical choice. Should the VA buy American products? You'd think so! The St Cloud Times has followed this bizarre waste of federal initiative funds. Do we need a VA Accountability Watch? Absolutely!
Submitted by ChasVoice at: September 3, 2013
Oh yeah, marvelous idea you think? Then ask the VA Affairs Committee who authorized the hookup with the CDI, a Marxist org: http://chasvoice.blogspot.com/2011/11/center-for-defense-informationcdi.html
Submitted by Peter Scannell at: September 3, 2013
ditto.

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