New Law Co-Authored by Lance Holds Local VA Offices Accountable

September 22, 2016 news
New Law Co-Authored by Lance Holds Local VA Offices Accountable

WASHINGTON --- New Jersey Rep. Leonard Lance (R-7th hailed passage of reforms to the Department of Veterans Affairs, including passage of a bill he co-spoonsored in February, 2015, the bipartisan VA Regional Office Accountability Act.

Lance is one of the original co-sponsors of the bill, first introduced in the House in February, 2015. There are 13 co-sponsors.

“Too often across New Jersey I hear from veterans complaining about a Veterans Administration that is not serving them nearly as well as it should. It’s time we institute strict metrics and report on what tools and resources can better adjudicate claims. The brave men and women who have stepped forward to serve our Nation deserve our continued dedication to fixing the VA and ensuring they receive the services they have earned in our defense,” Lance said.

The legislation requires a VA Regional Office carry out claim adjudication within 125 days with 98 percent accuracy. Regional Offices must submit a three step report every time it fails to meet its 125 day goal with explanation, reasoning and solutions for improvement. It will also contain a description of additional resources necessary for the office to reach its goals, from staffing to policy changes and an action plan to enable the office to meet its goal. 

“We must continue our progress in reforming the VA so it may regain the trust and confidence of our Nation’s heroes. By holding executives to account we will identify and diagnose the persisting problems preventing the delivery of high quality care,” Lance said.