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Rep. Kelly Fights for Accountability for Butler Veterans Health Care Center

U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (PA-03) issued the following statement today regarding language he successfully had inserted into the report for the Fiscal Year 2015 Military
U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (PA-03) issued the following statement today regarding language he successfully had inserted into the report for the Fiscal Year 2015 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations bill approved by the House Appropriations Committee requiring the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to provide a full report by July 1, 2014, “documenting the structural, staffing, and process changes that have been implemented or are in the process of being implemented to prevent the problems with the Butler lease [for the VA Butler Health Care Center] from happening anywhere else in the VA system.” This language refers to the recent report on the leasing process for the Butler facility by the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General (OIG).

“Like everyone else, I found the OIG report on the Butler facility outrageous and unacceptable. The findings are appalling and must serve as a catalyst for dramatic reform in order to restore order and integrity to the entire leasing process. While the VA’s new reporting requirement is important, much more has to be done. The fight for answers and accountability must continue. Our veterans deserve nothing less.”

Full Kelly language:

“Response to VA Inspector General report. – The Committee was disturbed by the March 31, 2014 Inspector General report describing the problems and lapses in management in the VA leasing process for the Butler, PA health care center. While the Committee understands that changes have been made to operations in the VA Office of Acquisition, Logistics, and Construction in response to the IG report, the Committee directs the VA to provide a report by July 1, 2014 documenting the structural, staffing, and process changes that have been implemented or are in the process of being implemented to prevent the problems with the Butler lease from happening anywhere else in the VA system.”
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