In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Max Rose (D-NY) introduced this bill to increase transparency at the Dept. of Veterans Affairs (VA). When he introduced this bill, Rep. Rose said:
“When the VA is required to study an issue and report back, what’s the use if it’s impossible to find? This is a commonsense proposal that would ensure that veterans and the public would have easy access to these public documents."
After this bill’s committee passage, Rep. Rose said:
“This is an important step towards more transparency and accountability at the VA for our veterans community. This is a commonsense proposal that has received clear, bipartisan support—and I hope to see quick action both in the House and Senate to get this across the finish line.”
Original cosponsor Rep. Gil Cisernos (D-CA) adds:
“As a Navy veteran, it’s troubling that veterans face difficulty in accessing public documents at the VA. We should be working to make it easier for our veterans to access the information they need, not harder. I’m proud to join Congressman Rose in introducing this bill to guarantee accountability and transparency at the VA and promote a system that serves those who have served us.”
This legislation passed the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs by voice vote with the support of two bipartisan cosponsors (one from each party).
Of Note: Congress often requires the VA to produce reports on issues pertaining to veterans. These include issues around service and accessibility, such as nurse staffing, fraud prevention efforts and the activities of the Office of Accountability and Whistleblower protection.
Summary by Lorelei Yang(Photo Credit: iStockphoto.com / LifeJourneys)