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WASHINGTON – Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee Member U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) recently reintroduced the Increasing the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability to Veterans Act (S. 12) to make certain that senior Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) executives and health care employees convicted of a felony related to their position at the VA cannot receive the same benefits as those who honorably serve our nation’s veterans. The bipartisan bill unanimously passed the full Senate on December 10, 2016, but did not receive a vote in the House of Representatives before the close of the 114th Congress.

“Those who violate the sacred trust of our nation’s veterans should not be rewarded with unjustly guaranteed benefits at taxpayer expense,” Sen. Moran said. “While the vast majority of VA employees honorably serve our veterans, the VA has routinely made excuses for the few who do not. This legislation would provide some measure of justice for veterans abused under the VA’s care. Its value is reflected in the unanimous support it received in the Senate last month, and I will work hard to see it enacted by the 115th Congress and made law.”

Reforms made by S. 12 include:

  • Holding VA leaders accountable for department mismanagement, hiring well-qualified people, and addressing employee performance;
  • Preventing employee conflicts of interest; and
  • Improving manager training.

To read the full text of the legislation, click here.


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