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H.R. 1066: VA Management Alignment Act of 2017

Nov 6, 2017 at 7:03 p.m. ET. On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass in the House.

This was a vote to pass H.R. 1066 (115th) in the House. This vote was taken under a House procedure called “suspension of the rules” which is typically used to pass non-controversial bills. Votes under suspension require a 2/3rds majority. A failed vote under suspension can be taken again.

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.

Source: Republican Policy Committee


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