Chairman Bost, Ranking Member Esty, and members of the Subcommittee, thank you for the opportunity to discuss the Office of Inspector General’s (OIG’s) oversight of the programs and operations of the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA). We recently made changes to our oversight model for VBA to allow us to better review national policy changes and focus on their high-impact programs and operations. Aside from reporting on specific problems and providing targeted solutions to VBA, we have emphasized identifying the underlying root causes of issues that have negatively impacted current programs and future initiatives. Among other causes, we have identified program leadership and governance as common deficiencies. We are committed to uncovering the source of problems that put taxpayer dollars and veterans’ benefits at risk of fraud, waste, and abuse or that undercut the quality and timeliness of services to veterans and their families.
Mr. Chairman, Ranking Member Brownley, and members of the Subcommittee, thank you for the opportunity to discuss my office’s recent report, OIG Determination of Veterans Health Administration’s Occupational Staffing Shortages for Fiscal Year 2018. Although this is the fifth Office of Inspector General (OIG) report on staffing shortages within VA’s healthcare system, it is the first report that includes facility-specific data reported by leaders at 140 VA medical centers.
The Inspector General discusses the recent report, Critical Deficiencies at the Washington, DC VA Medical Center, and how those findings are indicative of a breakdown of oversight at several levels within the Department of Veteran Affairs.
Mr. Chairman, Congresswoman Kuster, and Members of the Subcommittee, thank you for the opportunity to discuss the Office of Inspector General’s (OIG) report, Review of Alleged Real Time Location System Project Mismanagement.1 Our statement today focuses on our review of whether VA effectively managed the Real Time Location System (RTLS) project to meet cost and schedule targets, and performance and security needs. I am accompanied by Mr. Michael Bowman, Director, OIG’s Information Technology and Security Audits Division.
Mr. Chairman, Ranking Member Schatz, and Members of the Subcommittee, thank you for the opportunity to discuss the Office of Inspector General’s (OIG) work related to preventing opioid abuse. As you know, opioid abuse has become a serious public health emergency for our Nation that impacts individuals and families from all walks of life, and our veterans have been particularly hard hit. It is not surprising that, given the prevalence and complexity of chronic pain in the veteran population, overdose deaths among veterans occur at elevated rates when compared to the civilian population.1 With increasing opioid overdose deaths, the emphasis has appropriately shifted to opioid dose reduction, increased assessments, and closer monitoring of patients on chronic opioid therapy. My statement today will focus on some of VA’s recent efforts in this area and the findings and recommendations from our recent report, Healthcare Inspection—Opioid Prescribing to High-Risk Veterans Receiving VA Purchased Care.
Mr. Chairman, Ranking Member Tester, and Members of the Committee, thank you for the opportunity to discuss the Office of Inspector General’s (OIG) recent work on VA’s efforts to prevent veteran suicide. Suicide is a serious public health concern. Beyond the loss of life to the victim, suicide takes a profound toll on survivors, caregivers, and the community. Likewise, incomplete suicides, taking the form of suicide attempts, gestures, and other acute self-destructive behaviors, are associated with injury, an emotional toll, and personal and societal financial burdens. Therefore, prevention initiatives and interventions that might reduce suicidal behaviors are of enormous importance.
Mr. Chairman and Ranking Member Kuster, thank you for the opportunity to discuss the Office of Inspector General’s work regarding VA’s Home Telehealth (HT) program. My statement today focuses on the results of our healthcare inspection reviewing allegations related to the documentation of patient enrollment in HT at the John D. Dingell VA Medical Center, Detroit, Michigan.
H.R.4777 (introduced May 30, 2014): To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to modify rules relating to health savings accounts was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committees on the Judiciary, and Energy and Commerce. Sponsor: Representative Michael C. Burgess [TX-26]
H.R.4783 (introduced May 30, 2014): To protect individuals by strengthening the Nation's mental health infrastructure, improving the understanding of violence, strengthening firearm prohibitions and protections for at-risk individuals, and improving and expanding the reporting of mental health records to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committee on Energy and Commerce. Sponsor: Representative Mike Thompson [CA-5]
H.R.4796 (introduced June 2, 2014): the Keeping Well by Using Your Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Plan was referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. Sponsor: Representative Sheila Jackson Lee [TX-18]
H.R.4798 (introduced June 2, 2014): To authorize the Secretary of Health and Human Services to award grants for Alzheimer's disease research was referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. Sponsor: Representative Steve Israel [NY-3]
S.2410 (introduced June 2, 2014): An original bill to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2015 for military activities of the Department of Defense, for military construction, and for defense activities of the Department of Energy, to prescribe military personnel strengths for such fiscal year, and for other purposes was placed on the Senate Legislative Calendar. Sponsor: Senator Carl Levin [MI]
S.2423 (introduced June 3, 2014): A bill to improve wait times for appointments for hospital care, medical services, and other health care from the Department of Veterans Affairs, to improve accountability of employees responsible for long wait times for such appointments, and for other purposes was referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Sponsor: Senator Jeanne Shaheen [NH]
S.2424 (introduced June 3, 2014): A bill to provide veterans with the choice of medical providers and to increase transparency and accountability of operations of the Veterans Health was referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs Administration of the Department of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Senator John McCain [AZ]
S.2425 (introduced June 4, 2014): A bill to require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to carry out a pilot program to reduce the shortage of psychiatrists in the Veterans Health Administration of the Department of Veterans Affairs by repaying loans for certain psychiatrists, to carry out a pilot program to provide housing allowances to health care providers of the Veterans Health Administration who accept assignment at rural and highly rural clinics, and for other purposes was referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.
Sponsor: Senator Mark Begich [AK]
S.2430 (introduced June 4, 2014): A bill to establish the Office of the Special Inspector General for Monitoring the Affordable Care Act, and for other purposes was referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. Sponsor: Senator Pat Roberts [KS]
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