May 31, 2017

Senate plans to vote on new VA accountability legislation next week

Next week the Senate is slated to vote on the Veterans Affairs (VA) Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017, and not a moment too soon. For more than three years since the Phoenix wait list scandal broke, veteran advocates have been demanding change at the VA, and Congress just might have finally gotten the… Read more »

May 31, 2017

#VAFail – Opioid theft at VA facilities is a continuing problem

While the nation was honoring the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our country, a shocking story came out on Memorial Day about a series of criminal investigations into drug theft by employees at dozens of Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals. The Associated Press reports that the VA  Inspector… Read more »

May 29, 2017

Remembering those who sacrificed all

Memorial Day serves as a time to remember those who’ve fallen on the battle field. From the winters of Valley Forge, Fort McHenry, the battlefield of Gettysburg, the Pacific Ocean, jungles of Vietnam, the mountains of Afghanistan and everything in between, hundreds of thousands have given their lives for this nation, its people, and its… Read more »

May 26, 2017

#VAFail – Refrigerators, Hospital Beds, Dishwashers All Go Missing at VA Health Center

It’s easy to misplace a $10 calculator, and people lose cell phones all the time. But it’s pretty rare to lose a refrigerator. That’s exactly what the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Central-Western Massachusetts Healthcare system managed to do. An investigative news team looked into hundreds of pages of “lost and found” records from 2010 to… Read more »

May 25, 2017

Congress must aggressively seek more savings in FY18 VA budget proposal

The VA has a history of misusing taxpayer funds on overblown or mismanaged projects. The constant claim from lawmakers in the past has been “the VA wouldn’t mess up so much if they just had more funding.” But even the VA Secretary himself disagrees with that narrative, stating on multiple occasions that the VA’s problems… Read more »

May 24, 2017

#VAFail – OIG confirmed cockroaches in VA kitchen, veterans’ food

The Senate Veterans Affairs Committee is scheduled to mark up the VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act in an afternoon session today, and that can’t happen soon enough. Last year, whistleblower reports came from the Chicago-area Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital claiming cockroaches had infested the hospital’s kitchen and were even on occasion served in… Read more »

May 18, 2017

House begins talks on Defense acquisition reform

Today, Chairman of the House Committee on Armed Services Mac Thornberry (R-TX) introduced the Defense Acquisition Streamlining and Transparency Act. Thornberry has long been an advocate of a more effective acquisition process at the Department of Defense and the provisions of this new legislation would help ensure efficiency at the DOD. The key provisions in… Read more »