Walz Introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Conduct Independent Audits of the VA
Washington, DC [7/29/15] – Congressmen Tim Walz (D-MN) and Robert Hurt (R-VA) recently introduced the Veterans Administration Legislative and Objective Review (VALOR) Act, H.R.3122, which requires the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to undergo a biannual, independent audit by a non-governmental entity.
“This commonsense bill will aid in our efforts to reform the VA and ensure veterans across the country receive the best care possible,” Congressman Tim Walz said. “I urge my colleagues to support this measured, bipartisan legislation.”
- The Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act, which was signed into law last year, created a one-time, private sector, system-wide audit of the VA health system.
- The VALOR Act directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to enter into a contract, biannually, with a private company to conduct a comprehensive audit of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ healthcare functions.
- The legislation requires the audit be made publicly available on the VA’s website, and the Secretary of the VA would be required to submit a report within 120 days to Congress outlining the findings of the audit and the plans to make improvements based on the findings.