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house Bill H.R. 216

Will More Reports Help the Dept. of Veterans’ Affairs Draft Better Budgets?

Argument in favor

Increased VA reports will not only help the Department more efficiently balance its budget, but also ensure that all the needs of U.S. veterans are being addressed in the proposals. Not to mention the VA is in serious need of better oversight.

JonRunyan's Opinion
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03/25/2015
We are a long way out from fixing the VA but the more data the better
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Alfred's Opinion
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04/15/2015
Solutions should be adequately based in facts
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Wilburn's Opinion
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03/25/2015
Privatizing the VA hospitals would bring in an estimated 8 Trillion
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Argument opposed

This bill would increase paperwork and bureaucracy at the VA. Part of the problem is that it’s run by incompetent bureaucrats on a shoestring budget. Burdening them with more work isn’t going to make it any better.

Donna's Opinion
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03/24/2015
They don't need more reports to run more efficiently. Apparently, the reports they already do are not being read or studied sufficiently, or it wouldn't be such a mess! Don't incentivize these reports with bonuses! Our Veterans deserve fair and accurate care - not to be the subject of someone else's greed.
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wpeckham's Opinion
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03/25/2015
this needs more action, not more reports.this needs more action, not more reports.
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Dennis's Opinion
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04/14/2015
More reports does not equal better performance. Consequences for not meeting higher standards will improve performance fairly quickly!
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What is House Bill H.R. 216?

By creating a new review program, this bill seeks to increase oversight during the Veterans’ Affairs (VA) budget drafting process.


This bill would add a set of new reports that the VA must submit to Congress. The first, the "Future-Years Veterans Program," would detail a five-year spending plan for funding the Department's needs. That report would be included as part of the VA's annual budget submission to Congress. 

A quadrennial review (every four years) of the VA would also be created through collaboration between the heads of other federal agencies, state and local governments, private business people and academics. These reviews could start no later than 2019. They would have to contain an overall strategy for the VA, an outline and prioritization of current programs, trends and areas where the programs could be improved and the budget necessary to do all of this.


The VA Secretary would also have to submit to a review of the quadrennial review (yes, a review of the review) within a year of its release. The review would be conducted by a 10-person Independent Veterans Review Panel appointed by Congress and the VA. The panel would submit a "review and assessment of the assumptions, strategies, and findings of the quadrennial review." 

Impact

Veterans, taxpayers, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the poor souls who have to read all the reports, and Congress.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 216

$3.00 Million
The CBO estimates that implementing this bill would cost $3 million from 2016 to 2020.

More Information

Of Note:

The VA already files annual reports. In fact, like many government agencies, it has a whole statistics division. It doesn’t, however, have to file them straight to Congress.


In Depth:

In addition to all the aforementioned provisions of this bill, the VA Secretary would also have to appoint an Assistant Secretary to serve as the department’s Chief Strategy Officer (CSO), overseeing Department evaluations and planning. They would be responsible for cost estimates and carrying out the Future-Years Veterans Program. Finally, the bill would require a study into the VA’s operations, containing a lot of the aforementioned information. The VA would also have to hire a private contractor to coordinate a similar report. Both parties would submit their reviews to Congress.

AKA

Department of Veterans Affairs Budget Planning Reform Act of 2015

Official Title

To amend title 38, United States Code, to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to submit to Congress a Future-Years Veterans Program and a quadrennial veterans review, to establish in the Department of Veterans Affairs a Chief Strategy Officer, and for other purposes.

bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Veterans' Affairs
  • The house Passed March 24th, 2015
    Roll Call Vote 420 Yea / 0 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Veterans' Affairs
    IntroducedJanuary 8th, 2015

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    More reports does not equal better performance. Consequences for not meeting higher standards will improve performance fairly quickly!
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    this needs more action, not more reports.this needs more action, not more reports.
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    We are a long way out from fixing the VA but the more data the better
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    They don't need more reports to run more efficiently. Apparently, the reports they already do are not being read or studied sufficiently, or it wouldn't be such a mess! Don't incentivize these reports with bonuses! Our Veterans deserve fair and accurate care - not to be the subject of someone else's greed.
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    do not write about it -- fix it
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    This bill makes no sense. The answer to a failing bureaucracy is more bureaucracy? Typical government thinking. The answer to bad government is not more government! I say completely eliminate the VA, all of its costs, all of its problems and give the vet vouchers to go wherever they want for health care.
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    Solutions should be adequately based in facts
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    No. Work with what they have or restructure the reporting they currently perform. Many Veterans are being left out. Why do post-9/11 veterans receive benefits under the Family Caregiver Program but the older and sicker pre-9/11 veterans (World War 2, Korean War, Grenada, Somolia, Panama and other pre-9/11 conflicts) are left out? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4g_Q_VCw_pA
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    NO. IT WILL WASTE MORE MONEY, WHICH NEEDS TO GO TO PATIENT CARE.
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    More reports and bureaucracy are not the answer to the VA's problems. Lower level VA employees, those who actually administer care to veterans, must be empowered to recommend changes that will improve efficiency and efficacy.
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    When a dysfunctional organization is outed the first response is to establish a fact finding commission. And wait a year while the scandal is forgotten. Better to ax the whole rotten operation and staff a new one with competent management.
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    Use the existing paperwork more wisely
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    Adds unnecessary and burdensome layers to an already bloated bureaucracy
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    Spend money hiring professionals to help our veterans
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    Suggesting a $3 million dollar overview team is very disappointing. Just replace the existing management team with competent personnel.
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    Just more bureaucracy! Just fire the lazy fools who don't do their work and clean up the intake process. Too much time fooling around and not enough action.
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    Focus on getting rid of incompetent people and more reports won't be necessary. More reports don't equal better performance. That's achieved by competent employees.
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    All senior leaders at VA must be fired, not retired and new ethical people are required.
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    Shut em down. Veterans can use regular medical like the rest of us. Spot em $300 to help with their fees
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    Its obvious they have enough reports to skirt the law. Clean house at the VA first and institute zero-based budgeting.
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