Kuster Backed Bill to Improve VA Management Clears Committee
(Washington, DC) – Today, the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs cleared legislation, backed by Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02), to improve management at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The VA Management Alignment Act of 2017 would direct the VA to justify the current distribution of roles and responsibilities at the VA and provide recommendations to optimize its organizational effectiveness and accountability. VA will also be required to specifically address the roles and responsibilities of key leadership at the VA’s national office and its Veterans Integrated Service Networks.
“It has become clear that we need to assess the leadership structure of the VA – from its national office, to the service networks, and all the way down to the very medical centers that deliver care to our brave men and women,” said Congresswoman Kuster. “We know that veterans have faced unacceptable challenges in access to care in my state of New Hampshire and at VA medical centers around the country. This legislation will help to clearly delineate responsibilities of key VA leadership positions to improve accountability and ultimately veterans’ care. I’m pleased we were able to work in a bipartisan manner to advance this commonsense legislation in committee and urge the full House to act quickly on behalf of our veterans.”
Congresswoman Kuster has served on the U.S. House Veterans’ Affairs Committee since taking office in 2013, and has served as the Ranking Member of the Veterans’ Affairs Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee since 2015. As Ranking Member, she pushes for increased transparency at the VA and helps to lead the charge in Washington on the need to improve access to care for veterans across the country. The daughter of a WWII veteran, Congresswoman Kuster has long advocated for the needs of New Hampshire veterans.