(Arlington, VA) – Concerned Veterans for America (CVA) Vice President for Legislative and Political Action Dan Caldwell released the following statement today in support of House Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Miller’s introduction of the ‘VA Accountability First and Appeals Modernization Act of 2016:’
“Concerned Veterans for America applauds Chairman Miller for introducing H.R. 5620, the ‘VA Accountability First and Appeals Modernization Act of 2016.’ This legislation would go a long way in addressing the lack of accountability plaguing the VA and impeding the timely delivery of health care and other benefits to eligible veterans. From providing meaningful limits on how long VA employees can appeal administrative actions, to giving the VA secretary the authority to recoup bonuses and salary awarded to unethical employees, this bill is full of the reforms that will rid the department of its accountability crisis. Importantly, its removal of the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) from the appeals process for senior executives is a critical component to ensuring that top leaders are held accountable for their actions and kept from negatively influencing veterans’ care in the future. We urge the VA committees of both houses of Congress to move quickly on this legislation, and deliver the reform veterans deserve.”
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