Committee on Veterans Affairs

Jeff Miller

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

2016/09/07


“Technology and Treatment: Telemedicine in the VA Healthcare System”

2016/08/09


TBI Claims: VA’s Failure to Provide Adequate Examinations

2016/07/13


Miller Statement on Latest Veteran Suicide Data

2016/07/07

Today, Chairman Jeff Miller released the below statement regarding the latest veteran suicide data from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

“Any time a person who fought to defend America dies by their own hand, it’s a tragedy. And these numbers are heartbreaking proof that we have a long way to go in order to end this troubling trend. Last year, Congress passed and President Obama signed the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act, which is helping to increase the availability and efficacy of VA’s suicide prevention and mental health services. The law is a step in the right direction, but sustained progress will require a comprehensive approach to help ensure our most at-risk veterans have not only the care they need but also a job, a purpose and a system of support in place to help carry them through their struggles. Therefore, we as a nation must do more to encourage veterans in need to seek treatment and ask for help. And until we stop the epidemic of veteran suicides in this country, there will always be more work to do.” – Rep. Jeff Miller, Chairman, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs

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Miller Bill Would Enable Real Accountability for All VA Employees, Reform Appeals Process

2016/07/06

Yesterday, Chairman Jeff Miller introduced H.R. 5620, the VA Accountability First and Appeals Modernization Act of 2016. The bill would strengthen protections for whistleblowers and help fix the Department of Veterans Affairs’ biggest problem – its pervasive lack of accountability for misbehaving employees. Additionally, the bill would reform the department’s disability benefits appeals process – a top priority for VA leaders and many veterans service organizations. Specifically, 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 biggest obstacle standing in the way of VA reform is the department’s pervasive lack of accountability among employees at all levels. Until this problem is fixed once and for all, long-term efforts to reform VA are doomed to fail. For too long, union bosses, administration officials and their enablers have used every trick in the book to help VA bureaucrats who can’t or won’t do their jobs remain firmly entrenched in the agency’s bureaucracy. The VA Accountability First and Appeals Modernization Act of 2016 gets rid of these loopholes, which have been unfairly forcing veterans and the many good VA workers to deal with deadwood employees for years. Union bosses and defenders of the broken status quo will oppose this bill, and that is exactly why it must become law.” – Rep. Jeff Miller, Chairman, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs

Read the bill here.

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Miller Statement on Commission on Care Report

2016/07/05

Chairman Jeff Miller today released the below statement regarding the Commission on Care’s final report on the Department of Veterans Affairs health care system.

“While the Commission on Care’s nearly 300-page report will take time to completely review and digest, the document makes it abundantly clear that the problems plaguing Department of Veterans Affairs medical care are severe. Fixing them will require dramatic changes in how VA does business, to include expanding partnerships with community providers in order to give veterans more health care choices. I thank the commissioners for their work on this important project, and I look forward to examining this report in detail at a House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs hearing in September.” – Rep. Jeff Miller, Chairman, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs

 

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Legislative Hearing

2016/06/23


Miller Applauds House Passage of Veterans Bills

2016/06/21

Today the House passed three veterans related bills, including:

H.R. 4590, the Fiscal Year 2016 Department of Veterans Affairs Seismic Safety and Construction Authorization Act, as amended, would authorize a number of major medical facility construction projects to improve safety issues at facilities that are at high-risk for earthquakes. It would also require a greater accounting of VA construction expenditures.

H.R. 3936, the VET Act, as amended, would authorize a three-year pilot program for Veteran Engagement Teams, which would allow VA employees to meet one-on-one with veterans to help facilitate the claims process for veterans benefits.

These bills now await consideration by the Senate. Following House passage of the bills, Chairman Miller released the below statement.

“I applaud the House’s actions today to improve VA’s claims processing efforts and add additional transparency to the department’s construction operations. These bills would help improve veterans’ experiences while encouraging a more functional and efficient VA, and I urge the Senate to consider them in short order.” - Rep. Jeff Miller, Chairman, House Committee on Veterans' Affairs

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“Access and Accountability: Examining Obstacles to High Quality Patient Care in Louisiana

2016/06/20


Miller Statement on VA Decision to Dump Faster Firing Authority

2016/06/17

Chairman Jeff Miller released the following statement today regarding the Department of Veterans Affairs’ refusal to use expanded legal authorities that enable the VA secretary to swiftly discipline senior executives for cause.

“Everyone knows VA isn’t very good at disciplining employees, but this decision calls into question whether department leaders are even interested in doing so. After all, VA is a place where egregious employee behavior, such as armed robbery participation and wait-time manipulation, is routinely tolerated. This decision underscores the urgent need for civil-service reform across the federal government that enables leaders to swiftly and efficiently discipline those who can’t or won’t do their jobs – an ability that is presently almost nonexistent.”- Rep. Jeff Miller, Chairman, House Committee on Veterans' Affairs

 

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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