Committee on Veterans Affairs

Jeff Miller

"Investigating How VA Improperly Paid Millions to Incarcerated Veterans"

2016/09/27


Chairman Miller, Acting Ranking Member Takano, HVAC Members Ask DOJ to Investigate VA Officials for Perjury

2016/09/22

Today, Chairman Miller, Acting Ranking Member Takano and members of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs wrote to Attorney General Loretta Lynch, asking the Department of Justice to conduct an investigation into whether former VA construction chief Glenn Haggstrom and other VA officials may have committed perjury in their statements to Congress regarding cost overruns at the replacement Denver VA medical center. Additionally, Chairman Miller and Acting Ranking Member Takano made the below statements. “It is an absolute fact that numerous VA officials repeatedly misled Congress regarding cost overruns related to the replacement Denver VA medical center – the biggest construction failure in VA history. Now it’s up to the Department of Justice to do its job and ensure that justice is served. That’s why we’re calling on Attorney General Lynch to examine the overwhelming amount of damning evidence in this case and determine whether perjury charges are warranted.” – Rep. Jeff Miller, Chairman, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs “The OIG’s report makes two things clear. First, the significant delays and cost overruns at the Greater Colorado VA construction project were entirely avoidable and resulted from leadership failures at the highest levels of the VA. Second, Glenn Haggstrom and other senior VA officials involved in the project likely misrepresented or withheld information in testimony provided to the Committee.  “Honest and forthright testimony is critical for this Committee to understand and address the challenges facing the VA and veterans. Any witness who deliberately misleads Congress must be held accountable and I hope the Department of Justice conducts a thorough investigation into the statements made by VA officials responsible for the failed Colorado project. If they indeed lied in their testimony they not only broke the law, they betrayed the trust of America's veterans.” – Rep. Mark Takano, Acting Ranking Member, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs   Related Chairman Miller, Acting Ranking Member Takano Letter to AG Lynch VA Construction Exec Who Earned Bonuses Despite $2 Billion in Cost Overruns ‘Steps Down.’ But Can Still Get His Pension. The Unfinished VA Hospital That's More Than $1 Billion Over Budget Read More

Markup of H.R. 5047; H.R. 5428; H.R. 4757; H.R. 5166; H.R. 3216; H.R. 4150; H.R. 5099; H.R. 5162; H.R. 5392; H.R. 5399; and, H.R. 5600

2016/09/21


Chairman Miller Statement on Biggest Construction Failure in VA History

2016/09/21

Today, Chairman Miller released the below statement regarding the Department of Veterans Affairs Inspector General report on the replacement Denver VA medical center, the biggest construction failure in VA History. “To this day, the department’s handling of the replacement Denver VA medical center continues to be a case study in government waste, incompetence and secrecy. This report makes two things abundantly clear: there are many more people responsible for the biggest construction failure in VA history than the department has led the public to believe, and it is possible that former VA construction chief Glenn Haggstrom or other employees committed perjury in hiding information regarding the project’s cost overruns during congressional testimony. Consequently, I will be asking the Department of Justice to determine whether charges are warranted against Haggstrom or others, and I am renewing my call for VA to immediately fire Office of Construction and Facilities Management Executive Director Stella Fiotes, who has presided over much of the Denver project’s mismanagement yet remains firmly entrenched at the department. It’s well past time for the department to fire all of those responsible for botching this project 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   Related Chairman Miller Calls For Immediate Firings After Biggest Construction Failure In VA History VA Construction Exec Who Earned Bonuses Despite $2 Billion in Cost Overruns ‘Steps Down.’ But Can Still Get His Pension. The Unfinished VA Hospital That's More Than $1 Billion Over Budget House Panel Subpoenas VA over Denver Hospital, Artwork Read More

“VA Procurement: Identifying Obstacles to Reform”

2016/09/20


"An Assessment of Deficiencies at the Northport VA Medical Center"

2016/09/20


“An Examination of VA’s Misuse of Employee Settlement Agreements”

2016/09/14


In Bipartisan Vote, House Passes VA Accountability, Appeals Reform

2016/09/14

Today the House passed H.R. 5620, the VA Accountability First and Appeals Modernization Act of 2016, by a bipartisan vote of 310-116 that included the support of 69 Democrats. The bill would: Shorten the firing/demotion/appeals process for rank-and-file VA employees from more than a year on average to no more than 77 days Remove entirely the Merit Systems Protection Board from the firing/demotion/appeals process for VA senior executives Provide VA whistleblowers with a means to solve problems at the lowest level possible, while offering them protection from reprisals and mandating strict accountability for those who reprise against them Give the VA secretary the authority to recoup bonuses and relocation expenses from misbehaving employees Give the VA secretary the authority to reduce the pensions of senior executives convicted of felonies that influenced their job performance Reform the department’s broken disability benefits appeals process The bill now awaits consideration by the Senate. Following House passage of H.R. 5620, Chairman Miller released the below statement. “The Department of Veterans Affairs will never be truly worthy of the veterans it serves until it addresses its pervasive lack of accountability among employees at all levels. The VA Accountability First and Appeals Modernization Act gets rid of the loopholes that have been unfairly forcing veterans and the many good VA workers to deal with deadwood employees for years. I’m proud to stand with my colleagues in the House in passing this important legislation. Additionally, I would like to thank Sen. Marco Rubio for leading the fight in the Senate to fix VA’s accountability problems and sponsoring the Senate companion bill to H.R. 5620, which the Senate should take up and pass in short order.” - Rep. Jeff Miller, Chairman, House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Read More

Miller Commends House Passage of Veterans Bills

2016/09/12

Today the House passed three veterans-related bills.   H.R. 3471, the Veterans Mobility Safety Act, as amended, would direct the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to develop a comprehensive policy regarding quality standards for providers who dispense modification services to veterans under the Automobile Adaptive Equipment Program. The bill would also authorize VA to hire and prescribe qualifications for hiring hearing aid specialists. H.R. 5936, the West Los Angeles Leasing Act of 2016, as amended, would authorize VA to carry out certain leases on VA’s Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System West LA Medical Center campus in Los Angeles, Calif., and prohibit VA from entering into any land-sharing agreements unless the agreements provide additional health care resources and benefit veterans and their families in ways other than generating additional revenue. In addition, it would require VA to submit an annual report regarding leases and land-sharing agreements on the West LA VAMC campus and mandate that VA’s inspector general produce reports regarding the leases and implementation of VA’s master plan for the campus. H.R. 5937, as amended, would authorize the American Battle Monuments Commission to acquire, operate and maintain the Lafayette Escadrille Memorial located outside Paris, France.   These bills now await consideration by the Senate. Following House passage of the bills, Chairman Miller released the below statement. “The legislation the House passed today will help bring much-needed accountability and efficiency to VA’s long-troubled West Los Angeles campus, enhance VA’s hearing health services and honor the service and sacrifice of a special group of World War I veterans. I applaud my colleagues in the House for their actions and call on the Senate to consider these bills in short order.” - Rep. Jeff Miller, Chairman, House Committee on Veterans' Affairs   Read More

“From Tumult to Transformation: The Commission on Care and the Future of the VA Healthcare System”

2016/09/07


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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