WASHINGTON – Today, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., released the following statement on the resignation of Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki:
“Our veterans, who sacrificed their safety and risked their lives for their country, deserve the best care our nation can provide. It is our duty to ensure that no veteran is ever subjected to excessive wait times or substandard care. With Secretary Shinseki’s resignation today, we can begin to address the systemic dysfunction that has plagued the Department of Veterans Affairs for years. Only a thorough independent investigation, followed by real reform, can finally solve the deeply rooted problems at the VA and fulfill our commitment to our nation’s veterans.”
In July 2012, the Oversight Committee held a hearing on the claims backlog at the VA. In October 2013, the Committee held a hearing on the culture of mismanagement and wasteful spending at the Department.