THE FOLLOWING PRESS RELEASE IS FROM THE OFFICE OF CONGRESSMAN JACK BERGMAN.
Washington – Congressman Bergman, Chairman of the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, released the following statement:
“On March 7th, the Office of the VA Inspector General released its final report outlining critical management deficiencies at the D.C. VA Medical Center. This culture of complacency must change. The report demonstrated widespread logistics failures, putting Veterans at risk when their surgical procedures were delayed or cancelled because necessary supplies and instruments were not available.” – said Bergman
Following the VA Inspector General announcement, Secretary Shulkin held a press conference announcing a series of reforms, including a plan to reorganize logistics and procurement throughout VA.
“These reforms are long overdue. The Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations has repeatedly called on VA to streamline its logistics and procurement organizations, which are disorientingly complicated and rife with duplication. Too much confusion has been created by conflicting policies and overlapping responsibilities.”
Bergman continued – “As I said in my letter to Secretary Shulkin, ‘The VA logistics and procurement workforce performs a mission support function under difficult circumstances that is absolutely crucial to the quality of Veterans’ health care, but too often overlooked.’ These workers deserve to operate within a responsive organization supportive of their efforts. I encourage Secretary Shulkin to further pursue and implement these improvements and reforms in the days ahead, to ensure our Veterans receive the care they have earned.”