February 28, 2017

House VA Committee holds hearing on drug theft

Yesterday the House Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a hearing on the increase in drug theft and use at VA facilities. Both the VA’s inspector general (OIG) and Government Accountability Office (GAO) have raised concerns about VA’s lack of oversight on opioids and the susceptibility of mail-order prescriptions to theft. The hearings’… Read more »

February 28, 2017

VA Secretary calls for ‘redesigned’ Choice Program and better access to care

This past weekend, new Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary David Shulkin outlined his top priorities for the embattled VA. Secretary Shulkin addressed Disabled American Veterans’ annual conference on Sunday, where he discussed the top 10 priorities he has for the VA during his tenure as secretary. These priorities include more accountability measures for employees,… Read more »

February 24, 2017

#VAFail – VA Allegedly About to Toss Over 500,000 Benefit Applications Because of Internal Errors

A VA whistleblower has written a letter to President Trump detailing the potential trashing of over 500,000 veterans’ benefits applications. In 2014, Scott Davis, an employee at the VA’s national enrollment office in Atlanta, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution about the enrollment office’s mismanagement and possible fraud concerning 889,000 healthcare applications. He even testified before Congress… Read more »

February 24, 2017

Secretary Shulkin hints at health care choice for veterans

In an interview series with Fox and Friends this week, Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin discussed his plans for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) – how best to care for vets, how to reform a broken VA system, and how to ultimately keep the promises made to veterans. Dr. Shulkin said that if Congress… Read more »

February 23, 2017

Bill introduced to modify GI Bill benefits

Last week, Representative Raul Labrador (R-ID) introduced HR 1112 to the House of Representatives to modify the GI Bill. This bill, along with a companion piece in the Senate introduced by Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID), would “permit the reassignment of veteran’s education benefits in cases where the designated beneficiary passes away.” Unfortunately, this bill bears… Read more »

February 22, 2017

#VAFail – VA facilities are seeing a “sharp increase” in missing and stolen drugs

A new report from the Associated Press (AP) has found that Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) facilities nationwide are seeing a “sharp increase in opioid theft, missing prescriptions or unauthorized drug use by VA employees.” The report also states that drug tracking and oversight at the VA are far less stringent than they should be…. Read more »

February 22, 2017

In FL, Wasteful Spending Cuts Move Through Appropriations Committee

Yesterday the Florida House of Representatives Appropriations Committee passed legislation ending many corporate welfare programs, sending the bill for a full vote on the House floor next week. Notably, the bill (PCB CCS 17-01) eliminates Enterprise Florida’s public-private partnership. The agency hands out taxpayer funds to a few, large companies at the expense of many hardworking… Read more »