Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations for Fiscal Year 2017, Hearings Before a Subcommittee of the Committee on Appropriations, United States Senate, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, Second Session, March 3, March 10, April 7, and July 13, 2016 [open pdf - 2MB]
This is a compilation of four hearings on "Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations for Fiscal Year 2017," held before a Subcommittee of the Committee on Appropriations on March 3, March 10, April 7, and July 13, 2016. On March 3 and March 10, 2016, the hearings focused on the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), reviewing why the budget was increased 4.9 percent, and whether the budget request was warranted. From the opening statement of Mark Kirk on March 3, 2016: "This subcommittee and this Congress have given all of the funding that you have requested and more. The answer to every VA problem is not just more money and not just give us flexibility. We need to talk about the VA's culture of corruption with results and talk about performance. We need to talk about accountability and putting veterans first, not bureaucrats." On April 7, 2016, the hearing focused on budget requests from the Department of Defense, specifically in relation to the Air Force, the Army, the Navy, and the Office of the Secretary of Defense. From the opening statement of Mark Kirk on April 7, 2016: "In this hearing, I want to hear how the funding that is being requested directly supports the Nation's men and women in uniform and how our military strategy is supported by the request." The last hearing on July 13, 2016 focused on VA patient care and the challenges and updates needed to the Department of Veteran's Affairs health information technology (IT) systems, especially VistA. Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Miranda Ballentine, Laverne H. Council, Katherine Hammack, Steven R. Iselin, Robert A. McDonald, Valerie C. Melvin, Jonathan R. Nebeker, Peter J. Potochney, Danny Pummill, David J. Shulkin, Lauren Thompson, David W. Waltman, and Mark Yow.
S. Hrg. 114-788; Senate Hearing 114-788
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