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H.R. 1066 (115th): VA Management Alignment Act of 2017

H.R. 1066 would require the Department of Veterans Affairs to create and submit a one-time report to Congress on the Department’s organizational structure.

Specifically, the report would include information on the roles, responsibility, and accountability of elements and individuals of the VA and utilize the results of: the Independent Assessment of the Health Care Delivery Systems and Management Process of the VA established by the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014, any study or report by the Commission on Care established by such Act, and other studies or reports. The report would include clearly delineated roles and responsibilities to optimize the organizational effectiveness and accountability of each: Administration, staff office, or staff organization and each subordinate organization; and key leaders of the VA in relation to any Administration, staff office, or staff organization, Veteran Integrated Service Network, or medical facility.

A 2015 Independent Assessment on the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) found its organizational structure to be, “intensely, unnecessarily complex” and rampant with mistrust and risk aversion. Additional Government Accountability Office (GAO) reports revealed problems with the VA’s human resource department and showed that the VA did not follow internal and Congressional recommendations to fix problems including manipulated wait times and management failures.

Last updated Nov 6, 2017. Source: Republican Policy Committee

The summary below was written by the Congressional Research Service, which is a nonpartisan division of the Library of Congress, and was published on Nov 6, 2017.


(This measure has not been amended since it was introduced. The summary has been expanded because action occurred on the measure.)

VA Management Alignment Act of 2017

(Sec. 2) This bill requires the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to submit to the Committees on Veterans' Affairs of the Senate and the House of Representatives a report (including recommendations for appropriate legislation) regarding the roles, responsibility, and accountability of elements and individuals of the VA.

In creating such report, the VA shall utilize the results of:

the Independent Assessment of the Health Care Delivery Systems and Management Process of the VA established by the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014; any study or report by the Commission on Care established by such Act; and other studies or reports, including a report titled "Task Force on Improving Effectiveness of VHA Governance: Report to the VHA Under Secretary for Health," dated February 28, 2015. The VA shall also specify clearly delineated roles and responsibilities to optimize the organizational effectiveness and accountability of each:

Administration, staff office, or staff organization and each subordinate organization thereof; and key leader of the VA in relation to any Administration, staff office, or staff organization, Veteran Integrated Service Network, or medical facility.