Chairman Roe Statement on Secretary Shulkin’s Call for VA Accountability

Chairman Roe Statement on Secretary Shulkin’s Call for VA Accountability
Today, Chairman Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) released the following statement after VA Secretary David Shulkin announced the delayed firing of a VA employee in Houston who was caught watching pornography while treating a veteran patient:

“The time for talking about accountability is over. This situation underscores the need for Congress to get VA accountability legislation to President Trump’s desk, and I thank Secretary Shulkin for making this a top priority. I was proud my bill, the VA Accountability First Act of 2017, passed the House with bipartisan support earlier this month. Veterans deserve better. I encourage my Senate colleagues to consider my legislation, and I look forward to working with Secretary Shulkin to change the way VA does business.”

Background:

This is the third time in the past two years that the House has passed legislation to provide the Secretary with the tools he needs to discipline or fire VA employees who fail in their duty to serve veterans. On March 16, 2017, the House passed Chairman Roe’s bill, the VA Accountability First Act of 2017. This bipartisan legislation will give Secretary Shulkin the authority to expeditiously fire poor-performing employees. The bill was widely supported by multiple Veterans Service Organizations. Chairman Roe penned this op-ed on the legislation. Learn more at veterans.house.gov/accountability.
https://veterans.house.gov/news/press-releases/chairman-roe-statement-secretary-shulkin-s-call-va-accountability

HVAC Schedule April 3 – 7

HVAC Schedule April 3 – 7
Chairman Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) today released the hearing schedule for April 3 – 7.

The following events are open to the press:

 

WHO: House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs

WHAT: “An Assessment of Ongoing Concerns at the Veterans Crisis Line”

WHEN: 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, April 4, 2017

WHERE: 334 Cannon House Office Building and streaming at veterans.house.gov

 

WHO: Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity

WHAT: “Assessing VA Approved Appraisers and How to Improve the Program for the 21st Century”

WHEN: 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 4, 2017

WHERE: 334 Cannon House Office Building and streaming at veterans.house.gov

 

WHO: Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs

WHAT: Legislative Hearing

WHEN: 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 5, 2017

WHERE: 334 Cannon House Office Building and streaming at veterans.house.gov

Legislation

Draft legislation: Quicker Veterans Benefits Delivery Act of 2017
H.R. 105: Protect Veterans from Financial Fraud Act of 2017
H.R. 299: Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2017
H.R. 1328: American Heroes COLA Act of 2017
H.R. 1329: Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2017
H.R. 1390: To authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to pay costs relating to the transportation of certain deceased veterans to veterans’ cemeteries owned by a State or tribal organization
H.R. 1564: VA Beneficiary Travel Act of 2017

 

WHO: Subcommittee on Health

WHAT: Legislative Markup

WHEN: 8:00 a.m., Thursday, April 6, 2017

WHERE: 334 Cannon House Office Building and streaming at veterans.house.gov

*Details on the legislation will be released at a later date

 
https://veterans.house.gov/news/media-advisories/hvac-schedule-april-3-7

“Legislative Hearing on H.R. 105; H.R. 299; H.R. 1328; H.R. 1329; H.R. 1390; H.R. 1564; and a draft bill entitled “Quicker Veterans Benefits Delivery Act of 2017.”

“Legislative Hearing on H.R. 105; H.R. 299; H.R. 1328; H.R. 1329; H.R. 1390; H.R. 1564; and a draft bill entitled “Quicker Veterans Benefits Delivery Act of 2017.”

https://veterans.house.gov/hearings/legislative-hearing-hr-105-hr-299-hr-1328-hr-1329-hr-1390-hr-1564-and-draft-bill-entitled

Pending Legislation

Pending Legislation

https://veterans.house.gov/legislation/markups/pending-legislation-4

“Assessing VA Approved Appraisers and How to Improve the Program for the 21st Century.”

“Assessing VA Approved Appraisers and How to Improve the Program for the 21st Century.”

https://veterans.house.gov/hearings/assessing-va-approved-appraisers-and-how-improve-program-21st-century

HVAC to Assess VA’s Home Loan Appraisal Process

HVAC to Assess VA’s Home Loan Appraisal Process
On Tuesday, April 4, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. the Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity will hold a hearing entitled, “Assessing VA Approved Appraisers and How to Improve the Program for the 21st Century.”

The following event is open to the press:

WHO: Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity

WHAT: “Assessing VA Approved Appraisers and How to Improve the Program for the 21st Century”

WHEN: 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 4, 2017

WHERE: 334 Cannon House Office Building and streaming at https://veterans.house.gov/

Background:

The Department of Veterans Affairs’ home loan guaranty program helps veterans, servicemembers and eligible reservists to obtain, retain, adapt or refinance a home. As a part of VA’s home loan process, veterans must have their home appraised by a VA-approved appraiser, which the veteran pays for as a part of their closing costs. While the timeline for completing a VA-approved appraisal is efficient for most veterans, there are growing concerns that the shrinking economy of appraisers nationwide could increase the time it takes to complete an appraisal, especially for veterans in highly rural areas. This may affect a veteran’s ability to close on a home.

During this hearing, the subcommittee will assess VA’s current appraisal process, as well as specific difficulties for timely appraisals in highly rural areas. The subcommittee will also examine possibilities to improve VA-approved appraisals with emerging evaluation technologies, while still providing the veteran with a cost-effective and timely evaluation of the property they are seeking to purchase.   
https://veterans.house.gov/news/media-advisories/hvac-assess-va-s-home-loan-appraisal-process

Chairman Roe, Ranking Member Walz Announce Hearing to Assess Veterans Crisis Line

Chairman Roe, Ranking Member Walz Announce Hearing to Assess Veterans Crisis Line
Today, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) and Ranking Member Tim Walz (D-Minn.) announced the committee will hold a full committee oversight hearing to assess ongoing concerns regarding the Department of Veterans Affairs Crisis Line (VCL).

The members released the following statements:

“The men and woman who have worn the uniform of our great nation have sacrificed so much to protect the freedoms we enjoy today. When they are in crisis, they deserve to have their calls answered in a timely manner by a trained professional,” said Roe. “I look forward to this opportunity to conduct oversight of the Veterans Crisis Line so that our nation’s heroes can get the help they need when they need it most.”  

“When it comes to ending the tragedy of veteran suicide, the Veterans Crisis Line is one of our greatest assets; that is why it is imperative VCL works properly so that when a veteran makes that dire call for help, they are able to receive the assistance they need from a trained professional without delay,” said Walz. “Being there for our veterans is one of the most fundamental responsibilities of the VA, that is why I look forward to working with Chairman Roe as our Committee conducts oversight on this critical issue.”

The following event is open to the press:

WHO: House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs

WHAT: “An Assessment of Ongoing Concerns at the Veterans Crisis Line”

WHEN: Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.

WHERE: 334 Cannon House Office Building and streaming at veterans.house.gov

Background:

The VCL was established in 2007 with the mission of providing immediate, confidential suicide prevention and crisis intervention services to veterans. Since February 2016, the VA Inspector General (IG) has released two reports documenting serious defects with the operations and management of the VCL.

The most recent IG report, which was released on March 20, 2017, found that the VCL had failed to adequately respond to a veteran caller with urgent needs; that VCL’s governance structure, operations, and quality assurance functions are deficient; that VA had failed to implement the recommendations issued in response to the previous IG report; and, that VCL social service assistants were inadequately trained and overseen.

During the hearing, the Committee will assess the IG’s findings and recommendations as well as the effectiveness of the actions VA has taken to realign the VCL and rectify its flaws. The Committee will also examine the department’s progress implementing the No Veterans Crisis Line Call Should Go Unanswered Act (Public Law 114-247), which Congress passed in 2016 to require VA to develop a VCL quality assurance program and a plan to ensure that each call, text, or other incoming communication is responded to by the VCL in a timely, appropriate manner.
https://veterans.house.gov/news/media-advisories/chairman-roe-ranking-member-walz-announce-hearing-assess-veterans-crisis-line

“An Assessment of Ongoing Concerns at the Veterans Crisis Line”

“An Assessment of Ongoing Concerns at the Veterans Crisis Line”

https://veterans.house.gov/hearings/assessment-ongoing-concerns-veterans-crisis-line

HVAC Schedule March 27 – 31

HVAC Schedule March 27 – 31
Chairman Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) today released the hearing schedule for March 27 – 31.

The following event is open to the press:

WHO: Subcommittee on Health

WHAT: Legislative Hearing

WHEN: 8:00 a.m., Wednesday, March 29, 2017

WHERE: 334 Cannon House Office Building and streaming at veterans.house.gov

Legislation

Draft legislation: The Veterans Affairs Medical Scribe Pilot Act of 2017
H.R. 91, the Building Supportive Networks for Women Veterans Act
H.R. 95: The Veterans’ Access to Child Care Act
H.R. 467: The VA Scheduling Accountability Act
H.R. 907: The Newborn Care Improvement Act
H.R. 918: The Veterans Urgent Access to Mental Health Care Act
H.R. 1005: To improve the provision of adult day health care services for veterans
H.R. 1162: The No Hero Left Untreated Act
H.R. 1545: To clarify VA’s authority to disclose certain patient information to state controlled substance monitoring programs
H.R. 1662: To prohibit smoking in any VHA facility
https://veterans.house.gov/news/media-advisories/hvac-schedule-march-27-31

“Legislative Hearing on: Draft legislation, the Veterans Affairs Medical Scribe Pilot Act of 2017; H.R. 91, the Building Supportive Networks for Women Veterans Act; H.R. 95, the Veterans’ Access to Child Care Act; H.R. 467, the VA Scheduling Account…

“Legislative Hearing on: Draft legislation, the Veterans Affairs Medical Scribe Pilot Act of 2017; H.R. 91, the Building Supportive Networks for Women Veterans Act; H.R. 95, the Veterans’ Access to Child Care Act; H.R. 467, the VA Scheduling Account…

https://veterans.house.gov/hearings/legislative-hearing-draft-legislation-veterans-affairs-medical-scribe-pilot-act-2017-hr-91


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