Dems call for investigation into VA’s mismanagement of claims
The House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs is demanding an investigation into the agency’s missteps in the VA’s claims process.
The panel, chaired by Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash., on Thursday called for an independent inspector general to conduct an investigation of the agency.
The investigation should include reviewing any allegations that the VA mismanaged claims processes or procedures to avoid paying claims for injuries that were not actually incurred.
It is critical that the Veterans Benefits Administration (VA) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), which includes the VA, provide full transparency and accountability to the American people and take all necessary actions to ensure that claims are paid for,” Smith said in a statement.
The committee also requested that the Department release internal documents regarding claims for PTSD and other injuries and that it submit a full report on its findings to Congress within 90 days.
The House Committee has been trying to reform the VA since 2016, when former VA Secretary Eric Shinseki was fired amid revelations about the agency mishandling claims and delays.
The Veterans Benefits Committee has also pressed the VA to release the names of its officers who allegedly received bonuses and other benefits while understaffed, the names and positions of former employees and their supervisors, and the identities of former VA employees who were allegedly fired for misconduct.
A VA spokeswoman declined to comment on the committee’s request.
The VA’s chief of personnel, retired Army Col. Steve McQueen, has been named VA’s new acting chief of staff.