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VA Promises More Transparency

The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs says they intend to develop procedural standards for the release of internal investigations into the quality of care for veterans.

At the hearing by the House Committee on Veterans Affairs, it was revealed in questioning from Congressman Dan Benishek that the Inspector General’s office currently has no policy for the timing and process for the release of internal inquiries.

Previous reports have revealed that as many as 140 investigations into the practices of the VA, some of which contain recommendations for changes, have been not released publically or to the committee.

Benishek said while he found it unbelievable that no such policy for the public release of information existed previously, he looks forward to learning the details of their new effort towards transparency.

This announcement comes on the heels of a revelation that the VA IG’s office conducted an investigation into the Tomah facility in Wisconsin and failed to release the results.  At the Tomah facility, numerous veterans died following the over-prescription of opiate drugs.

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