Representatives Gilbert R. Cisneros, Jr. (CA-39) and Max Rose (NY-11) introduced legislation as part of their continued efforts to increase transparency and accountability at the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA). Earlier this year, Cisneros and Rose were successful in pushing the VA to fix its website to better serve the veteran community and comply with all federal mandates.
“As a Navy veteran, it’s troubling that veterans face difficulty in accessing public documents at the VA,” said Rep. Cisneros. “We should be working to make it easier for our veterans to access the information they need, not harder. I’m proud to join Congressman Rose in introducing this bill to guarantee accountability and transparency at the VA and promote a system that serves those who have served us.”
“When the VA is required to study an issue and report back, what’s the use if it’s impossible to find?” said Rep. Rose, an Army combat veteran. “This is a commonsense proposal that would ensure that veterans and the public would have easy access to these public documents. Transparency is essential for accountability.”
Congress often mandates the VA to issue reports on service and accessibility, including reports on nurse staffing, fraud prevention efforts, and the activities of the Office of Accountability and Whistleblower protection. Cisneros and Rose’s VA Reporting Transparency Act would require these Congressionally-mandated reports to be made available on VA’s website (after redactions), and mandates VA provide Congress with a list of reports that are no longer useful, in an attempt to improve efficiency for both Members and VA.
Rep. Cisneros is a Member of the House Veterans Affairs Committee and House Armed Services Committee.
The bill text can be found HERE.
This article was released by the Office of Congressman Gilbert R. Cisneros Jr.