The chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee wants to give returning vets who take classes online some parity with those who go to brick-and-mortar schools.
The House Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations brought in officials from the GAO, the VA IG’s Office, and the VA itself.
The bills range from the creation of a veterans job training program to the gun rights of veterans.
Dogs that worked in Iraq and helped at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001, receive first-ever American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards.
Vietnam Veterans of America alleges the Veterans Affairs Department’s service-disabled veteran-owned business set aside program is keeping legitimately qualified companies from competing for VA contracts. The group advocates loosening a rule that requires service-disabled veterans maintain unconditional control of all business decisions.
Spa treatments, concert tickets and helicopter and stretch limo rides — the initial details in a Veterans Affairs’ Office of the Inspector General investigation could overshadow the GSA conference spending scandal.
A 15-minute training video that cost $52,000 to make joins the examples of excessive spending at two Veterans Affairs’ conferences last year with a total pricetag of $5 million.
The agencies soon will issue solicitations that will take them one step closer to deploying integrated electronic health records for service members, veterans and their families. The departments have been working on the project for years but have only recently begun to demonstrate tangible progress.
The Veterans’ Affairs Committee is turning up its oversight heat after Veterans Affairs officials “stonewalled” their questions. Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.) said there are 66 outstanding questions on conference spending that the committee has been waiting for answers from VA since August. VA pushed back saying it has responded as quickly and as accurately as possible.
The Department of Veterans Affairs’ work to automate payments under the complicated Post-9/11 GI bill is coming to fruition. But schools and students complain about inability to track status of claims.