House Veterans Affairs Committee

  • Bill proposes housing aid for vets who take online courses

    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.

  • VA CIO Baker takes hotseat in the House

    The House Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations brought in officials from the GAO, the VA IG’s Office, and the VA itself.

  • Six bills approved by House Veterans Affairs Committee

    The bills range from the creation of a veterans job training program to the gun rights of veterans.

  • Working canines honored on Capitol Hill

    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.

  • Veterans group calls for legislative fix to VA contracting rule

    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.

  • Congressman pledges to hold hearings on VA conference spending

    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.

  • VA paid $52K for ‘Patton’ conference training video

    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.

  • DoD, VA’s health IT efforts grow out of leadership, necessity

    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.

  • House Republicans deride VA for non-answers on conference spending

    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.

  • Beneficiaries claim VA’s processing of GI Bill benefits still lackluster

    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.