Committee on Veterans Affairs

Jeff Miller

Restoring Trust: The View of the Acting Secretary and the Veterans Community

2014/07/23


VA’s Longstanding Information Security Weaknesses are Increasing Patient Wait Times and Allowing Extensive Data Manipulation

2014/07/22


Miller Statement on VA Request for More Funding

2014/07/16

WASHINGTON, D.C.— After Acting Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Sloan Gibson told the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs that VA needs approximately $17.6 billion in additional funding for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2014 through Fiscal Year 2017, Chairman Jeff Miller released the following statement:

“I am committed to giving VA the resources it needs to provide our veterans with the care and benefits they have earned. But if there’s one thing we’ve learned over the last few months, it’s that we can’t trust VA’s numbers. That includes the $17.6 billion in additional funding Acting Secretary Sloan Gibson asked for today. Given that this figure seems to have magically fallen out of the sky today – after years of assertions from VA leaders at all levels that they had nearly every dollar and every person necessary to accomplish VA’s mission – it would be an act of budgetary malpractice to blindly sign off on this request. VA has had hundreds of millions more in medical care funding than it could spend every fiscal year since 2010. So if VA truly needs this additional $17.6 billion, that would mean the VA administrators involved in past department resource allocation decisions are either incompetent, disingenuous or both.” – Rep. Jeff Miller, Chairman, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs  

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Creating Efficiency through Comparison: An Evaluation of Private Sector Best Practices and the VA Health Care System

2014/07/16


Miller Bill Would Give VA Secretary Complete Authority to Recoup Employee Bonuses

2014/07/14

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Today Chairman Jeff Miller introduced H.R. 5094, legislation that would give the Department of Veterans Affairs secretary the authority to recoup performance bonuses paid to VA employees. The legislation comes in the wake of findings that the department paid more than $380,000 in cash bonuses to top executives at 38 hospitals that are under investigation for falsifying wait times for medical care or where there have been long delays. The legislation is intended to eliminate confusion among VA officials who have made contradictory statements about the department’s authority to recoup bonuses. After introducing the legislation, Miller released the following statement:

“Apparently, VA officials aren’t sure whether the department has the authority to recoup bonus payments to its own employees. This bill is intended to clear up this confusion. Ideally, VA employees and executives who earned bonuses under false pretenses should be subject to prosecution, but at a minimum their bonuses should be paid back in full. I urge my colleagues to support this bill, which would give the VA secretary another tool to instill some much-needed accountability throughout the department.” – Rep. Jeff Miller, Chairman, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs

View the text of the legislation here.

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Evaluation of the Process to Achieve VBA Goals

2014/07/14


Service should not lead to suicide: Access to VA’s Mental Health Care

2014/07/10


VA Whistleblowers: Exposing Inadequate Service Provided to Veterans and Ensuring Appropriate Accountability

2014/07/08


Chairman Miller Statement on Nomination of Robert McDonald for VA Secretary

2014/06/29

WASHINGTON, D.C.— After the White House announced plans to nominate Robert McDonald for secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, Chairman Jeff Miller released the following statement:     

“If confirmed by the Senate, Robert McDonald will inherit a Department of Veterans Affairs under a specter of corruption that may very well surpass anything in the history of American government. In order to pave the way for serious and substantive reforms that will help VA to effectively deliver the care and benefits our veterans have earned, he’ll need to root out the culture of dishonesty and fraud that has taken hold within the department and is contributing to all of its most pressing challenges. Quite simply, those who created the VA scandal will need to be purged from the system. Personnel changes, however, won’t be enough. The only way McDonald can set the department up for long term success is to take the opposite approach of some other VA senior leaders.  That means focusing on solving problems instead of downplaying or hiding them, holding employees accountable for mismanagement and negligence that harms veterans, and understanding that taxpayer funded organizations such as VA have a responsibility to provide information to Congress and the public rather than stonewalling them.” – Rep. Jeff Miller, Chairman, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs

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VBA and VHA Interactions: Ordering and Conducting Medical Examinations

2014/06/25


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Contact Information

335 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-3527
Fax 202-225-5486
veterans.house.gov


Membership

Dan Benishek

MICHIGAN's 1st DISTRICT

Gus Bilirakis

FLORIDA's 12th DISTRICT

Mike Coffman

COLORADO's 6th DISTRICT

Paul Cook

CALIFORNIA's 8th DISTRICT

Jeff Denham

CALIFORNIA's 10th DISTRICT

Bill Flores

TEXAS' 17th DISTRICT

Tim Huelskamp

KANSAS' 1st DISTRICT

Doug Lamborn

COLORADO's 5th DISTRICT

Jeff Miller

FLORIDA's 1st DISTRICT

Phil Roe

TENNESSEE's 1st DISTRICT

Jon Runyan

NEW JERSEY's 3rd DISTRICT

Jackie Walorski

INDIANA's 2nd DISTRICT

Brad Wenstrup

OHIO's 2nd DISTRICT