Over one-third of calls to the Department of Veterans Affairs’ crisis line in May rolled over to back-up call centers, according to emails from the hotline’s former director.
House lawmakers this week will consider the latest legislative effort to allow the Department of Veterans Affairs to more easily hold employees accountable for misconduct, amid warnings from the Obama administration that the new bill would “undermine” the agency’s workforce.
The House Committee on Veterans Affairs voted to subpoena the Department of Veterans Affairs over its spending on lavish art pieces and an over-budget hospital construction project.
President Obama is disputing a recommendation to change the governance structure of the Department of Veterans Affairs network of hospitals, saying it would undermine the authority of bureaucrats overseeing the agency-run facilities.
The Department of Veterans Affairs has allegedly stonewalled congressional efforts to investigate an agency-run hospital cited for shortcomings, leading lawmakers to plan a field hearing regarding the medical center.