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