VA: Path to Reform

Subcommittee on National Security
Subcommittee on National Security
Hearing Date: March 1, 2017 2:00 pm 2154 Rayburn House Office Building

PURPOSE:

  • To examine the policies and procedures of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) as they relate to recent issues regarding fraud, waste and abuse.
  • To address strategies for future reform and the new leadership’s vision of improving practices within all of the agencies in the VA.

BACKGROUND:

  • In the past several months, cases of fraud, waste and abuse have raised questions about the VA’s current practices and methods of reform.
  • A January 2017 report found that VA’s failure to provide oversight of its recruitment, relocation, and retention (3R) incentive program led to overspending and failure to enforce program requirements.
  • VA continues to award bonuses to senior employees failing to meet basic performance goals and requirements.

 

Witnesses and testimonies

Name Title Organization Panel Document
Mrs. Pamela Mitchell Acting Assistant Secretary, Office of Human Resources and Administration Department of Veterans Affairs Document
Mr. Nich Dahl Deputy Assistant Inspector General for Audits and Evaluations, Office of Inspector General Department of Veterans Affairs Document
Dr. Irene Barnett, PhD. Director of the Bedford Office for Audits and Evaluations, Office of Inspector General Department of Veterans Affairs Document