As important as it is to ensure that America is secure and prosperous, it is just as important to ensure we take care of those who were willing to put their lives on the line to guarantee our freedoms. The Department of Veterans Affairs has consistently shown the trademark problems with federal bureaucracy by being bogged down in an administrative process that benefits no one. They frequently fail to accomplish their main goal of caring for our veterans and allow bureaucrats that have violated the public trust to continue working.
Over the past several years, Congress has passed dozens of measures to improve the VA and raise the quality of life for our veterans. It is imperative that this work continue. I will work with my colleagues in Congress, both Republican and Democrat, to ensure that the needs of our nation’s heroes are addressed.
For more information concerning my work to support our Veterans, please contact me.
More on Veterans Issues
Washington, DC – Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) participated in a House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs hearing today on systemic failures and dysfunction at the Oakland Veterans’ Affairs (VA) Regional Office. The hearing also examined horrific reports of mismanagement and data manipulation at the Philadelphia VA Regional Office. Officials from the Department of Veterans Affairs and whistleblowers from these two regional offices testified before the committee today.
Washington, DC – Responding to Congressional criticism over how it implemented the Veterans Choice Program, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it will expand eligibility requirements for veterans. Under the new eligibility, the calculation used to determine eligibility based on the distance from health care facilities will change from a 40 mile straight line to 40 miles of driving distance. The change in eligibility is expected to roughly double the number of eligible veterans for the program.
Washington, DC – Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) released the following remarks regarding the on-going investigation into nearly 14,000 Veteran benefits claims that were discovered in a filing cabinet at the Oakland VA and the subsequent report that was released last Wednesday from the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General (OIG).
Washington, DC – As the result of a yearlong investigation by Congressman LaMalfa and his staff, the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) initiated a review of the Oakland Veterans Affairs Regional Office in mid-2014. The OIG report (click here) of the initial investigation was released today and details a complete failure to maintain records of thousands of veterans’ claims.
Washington, DC – Rep. LaMalfa (R-CA) today issued the following statement after the House passed H.R. 22, a measure he co-sponsored encouraging employers to hire more of our nation’s veterans. The legislation ensures veterans who already receive health insurance through the Department of Veterans Affairs or TRICARE are exempt from being counted as part of the 50 full-time employee threshold to provide insurance as required under the employer mandate.
Washington, DC – Yesterday, Representative LaMalfa (R-CA) attended the House Committee on Veterans Affairs’ oversight hearing and questioned the Department of Veterans Affairs on its implementation of H.R.3230, the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 (VACAA). Passed with bi-partisan support from Congress and signed by President Obama on August 7th, H.R. 3230 directs the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to establish the “Choice Program” to allow eligible veterans to use healthcare providers outside of the VA.
Washington, DC – Washington, DC – Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) today met with the Department of Veterans Affairs Undersecretary for Benefits Allison Hickey to seek answers about the misconduct that has been uncovered at Oakland Regional Office. The meeting was part of an ongoing effort to hold VA officials accountable and came on the heels of an announcement that the Inspector General of the VA had begun an inquiry at the Oakland office.
Washington, D.C. – Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) today released the following statement on the resignation of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki:
While Secretary Shinseki’s resignation is warranted, his departure will not fix the systemic dysfunction preventing our veterans from receiving the services they have earned. The fact that a decorated and accomplished officer like Secretary Shinseki could not overcome the VA’s problems demonstrates just how embedded the bureaucratic mindset truly is.
Washington, DC – Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) today spoke on the floor of the House to demand accountability at the Department of Veterans Affairs and read whistleblower statements detailing waste, fraud and abuse at the Oakland VA office. Yesterday the House passed a bill LaMalfa cosponsored authorizing the termination of Veterans Affairs officials who were complicit in abuses at the agency.