Miller, Rubio Urge SVAC, Senate to Address VA’s Accountability Crisis
Today Chairman Miller and Sen. Marco Rubio, sponsors of the House and Senate versions of the VA Accountability Act, wrote to Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Sen. Johnny Isakson, calling on SVAC and the rest of the Senate to address the accountability crisis at the Department of Veterans Affairs. In a letter, Miller and Rubio cautioned Isakson against taking an approach that favors reaching a deal with the Obama administration or others over addressing the department’s serious accountability problems in a meaningful way. View the letter here.
Additionally, Chairman Miller released the following statement:
“Almost every day Americans are reminded that the federal civil service system is designed to coddle and protect corrupt and incompetent bureaucrats rather than facilitate a fair and efficient climate of accountability. Nowhere is this more visible than the Department of Veterans Affairs. VA’s inability to hold problem employees accountable is at the root of all of the department’s most serious problems, and that’s why we are calling on the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs – and the Senate as a whole – to act to give the VA secretary swift and comprehensive disciplinary authority over all VA employees. It’s time for the Senate to get in step with veterans and taxpayers and get behind commonsense proposals like the House-passed H.R. 1994 and S. 1082, which would help replace VA’s culture of complacency with a climate of real accountability. Until then, VA – forced to tolerate corruption and incompetence in its ranks – will continue to lurch from one scandal to the next and veterans will continue to suffer.” – Rep. Jeff Miller, Chairman, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs
Chairman Miller and Sen. Rubio Letter to Chairman Isakson
March 31, 2016