Washington, D.C.- Today, Chairman Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) released the hearing schedule for July 16 - July 20.
The following events are open to the press:
WHO: House Committee on Veterans' Affairs
WHAT:The VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act: One Year Later
WHEN: 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, July 17, 2018
WHERE: 334 Cannon House Office Building and streaminghere.
BACKGROUND: During this oversight hearing, the committee will discuss the implementation of the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017. The committee will examine the creation and operation of the Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection and implementation of the new authorities provided to the Department to hold VA employees accountable.
WHO: Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations and Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Investigations, Oversight, and Regulations
WHAT: Achieving Government-wide Verification of Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Businesses
WHEN: 2:00p.m., Tuesday, July 17, 2018
WHERE: 2360 Rayburn House Office Building and streaming here.
BACKGROUND:During this oversight hearing, the subcommittees will discuss the Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) contract set-aside program.They will examine the steps necessary to achieve one class of SDVOSB, verified by SBA and operating under one set of rules throughout the federal government. This has been a long term goal since the creation of the Veterans First Program in 2006.
WHO: Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity
WHAT: An Update on the Implementation of the Forever GI Bill: Is VA Ready for August 1st?
WHEN: 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 18, 2018
WHERE: 334 Cannon House Office Building and streaming here.
BACKGROUND:During this oversight hearing, the subcommittee will discussVA’s implementation plans for H.R. 3218, the Harry W. Colmery Educational Assistance Act of 2017 that vastly expands and overhauls the Post-9/1 GI Bill. The subcommittee will decide whether or not the VA is ready for the August first implementation. They willalso discuss the Department’s efforts to improve information technology (IT) functionalities to handle these new mandates and expanded benefits to ensure that veterans and eligible dependents do not experience a delay in benefits as was experienced in 2009. Additionally, they will discuss how the Department is informing beneficiaries of these new benefits, as well as training VA staff to disseminate the proper information about the Forever GI Bill.