Committee on Veterans Affairs

Jeff Miller

Assessing the Promise and Progress of the Choice Program

2015/05/13


Examining Access and Quality of Care and Services for Women Veterans

2015/04/30


Legislative Hearing

2015/04/23


Denver VA Medical Center: Constructing a Way Forward

2015/04/15


Joint Hearing of the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs of the U.S. Senate and the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs of the U.S. House of Representatives

2015/03/30

Joint Hearing of the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs of the U.S. Senate and the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs of the U.S. House of Representatives at 1:00 p.m. CDT. Read More

Chairman Miller Statement on the Retirement with Full Benefits of VA Construction Chief Glenn Haggstrom

2015/03/25

WASHINGTON – Chairman Miller released the following statement today regarding the retirement with full benefits of VA construction chief Glenn Haggstrom.

“Though Glenn Haggstrom may have tried to do a good job at VA, he certainly did not succeed. What’s most disappointing about this situation, however, is that Haggstrom left on his own terms – with a lifetime pension – even though any reasonable person would conclude that he should have been fired years ago. VA’s entire construction program is a disaster and has been for years. Nearly every major VA hospital construction project is behind schedule and hundreds of millions over budget. In Colorado, a replacement VA hospital is more than $1 billion over budget and isn’t even close to completion. Every single member of VA’s top leadership is fully aware of the department’s construction problems, yet none made any attempt to fire Haggstrom – a fact that speaks volumes about the department’s commitment to accountability. To be sure, Haggstrom is not the only VA employee responsible for the department’s construction failures. More housecleaning will surely be needed if the department is to ever get its construction affairs in order. If there is anything in current law preventing VA from swiftly holding its employees accountable, the department should say so, because the parade of VA executives who retire or resign in lieu of any form of accountability is nothing short of insulting to veterans and taxpayers.” – Rep. Jeff Miller, Chairman, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs

 

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Chairman Miller Statement on VA Choice Program

2015/03/24

WASHINGTON – Chairman Miller released the following statement today regarding the Department of Veterans Affairs’ announcement to change to the Veterans Choice Program's “40-mile rule.”

“This is a welcome, commonsense change, which ideally would have occurred before VA attempted to take money away from the choice program, claiming a lack of interest among veterans. It will take more than this change, however, to ensure VA implements the choice program successfully. A recent VFW survey found that VA didn’t even offer choice program enrollment to more than 80 percent of eligible veterans who participated in the survey. In passing the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act, Congress and the president could not have been more clear: veterans shouldn’t have to endure interminable waits or drive hundreds of miles just to see a doctor. Veterans deserve more choices when it comes to their health care decisions, and it’s up to VA to start providing them, just as Congress and the president intended.” – Rep. Jeff Miller, Chairman, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs

Related

4 in 5 eligible vets not offered outside Choice Card care: reportThe Washington TimesMarch 3, 2015

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Legislative Hearing

2015/03/24


Legislative Hearing on H.R. 571, H.R. 593, H.R. 1015, H.R. 1016, H.R. 1017, H.R. 1128, and H.R. 1129

2015/03/19


Chairman Miller Calls for Immediate Firings after Biggest Construction Failure in VA History

2015/03/18

WASHINGTON – Chairman Miller released the following statement today regarding the biggest construction failure in VA history.

 

“VA’s entire construction program is a disaster and has been for years. Nearly every major VA hospital construction project is behind schedule and hundreds of millions over budget. In Colorado, a replacement VA hospital is more than $1 billion over budget and isn’t even close to completion. VA’s construction problems have been documented by the Government Accountability Office and at numerous congressional hearings. Every single member of VA’s top leadership is fully aware of these issues, yet the senior executives who presided over the mismanagement that led to them remain firmly entrenched at VA, where they collect generous taxpayer-funded salaries. No reasonable person could conclude that VA Office of Acquisition, Logistics, and Construction Principal Executive Director Glenn Haggstrom and VA Office of Construction and Facilities Management Executive Director Stella Fiotes are doing a good job. Therefore, I am calling upon VA’s leadership to fire them immediately. As part of the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act, Congress gave VA leaders the authority to immediately fire VA senior executives for poor performance. It’s well past time for the department to fire Haggstrom and Fiotes or explain to America’s veterans and American taxpayers why these individuals have earned the right to continued VA employment.”  – Rep. Jeff Miller, Chairman, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs

 

RelatedColorado VA Hospital Construction Is More Than $1 Billion Over BudgetThe Wall Street JournalMarch 17, 2015  

VA CONSTRUCTION: Additional Actions Needed to Decrease Delays and Lower Costs of Major Medical-Facility ProjectsGovernment Accountability OfficeApril 2013

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Contact Information

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Membership

Ralph Abraham

LOUISIANA's 5th DISTRICT

Dan Benishek

MICHIGAN's 1st DISTRICT

Gus Bilirakis

FLORIDA's 12th DISTRICT

Mike Bost

ILLINOIS' 12th DISTRICT

Mike Coffman

COLORADO's 6th DISTRICT

Ryan Costello

PENNSYLVANIA's 6th DISTRICT

Tim Huelskamp

KANSAS' 1st DISTRICT

Doug Lamborn

COLORADO's 5th DISTRICT

Jeff Miller

FLORIDA's 1st DISTRICT

Amata Radewagen

AMERICAN SAMOA

Phil Roe

TENNESSEE's 1st DISTRICT

Jackie Walorski

INDIANA's 2nd DISTRICT

Brad Wenstrup

OHIO's 2nd DISTRICT

Lee Zeldin

NEW YORK's 1st DISTRICT