Bipartisan Legislation Continues V.A. Reform Effort
WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) today announced his partnership with Congresswoman Grace Meng (NY-06) in reintroducing the bipartisan ‘VA Regional Office Accountability Act’ for the 114th Congress. The duo successfully navigated the legislation to House passage twice in the 113th Congress and are now reintroducing the measure to continue applying new tools to hold executives at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs accountable for the management of claims.
“Our legislation is another important step in the much-needed transformation of the Veterans Administration. By holding V.A. managers accountable we will institute strict metrics by which we will better understand why individual regional offices are not performing as well as needed and outline what tools and resources can better adjudicate claims. The brave men and women who have stepped forward to serve our Nation deserve our continued dedication to fixing the V.A. and ensuring they receive the services they have earned in our defense,” said Lance.
The legislation requires a V.A. Regional Office carry out claim adjudication within 125 days with 98% accuracy. Regional Offices must submit a three step report every time it fails to meet its 125 day goal with explanation, reasoning and solutions for improvement. It will also contain a description of additional resources necessary for the office to reach its goals, from staffing to policy changes, and an action plan to enable the office to meet its goal. These ideas were passed unanimously by the House twice last Congress.
“We must continue our progress in reforming the V.A. so it may regain the trust and confidence of our Nation’s heroes. By holding executives to account we will indentify and diagnose the persisting problems preventing the delivery of high quality care,” concluded Lance.