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."