Gutted Gulf War committee meets today; VA announces organizational changes; VA seeks survey about mental health care; VA secretary calls for review of ‘Candyland’; senator fires staffer who flubbed OIG report; former Army sexual-assault prosecutor found guilty of rape
A committee created by Congress to provide independent oversight for Veterans Affairs’ Gulf War illness research will appear at its first meeting this afternoon since VA gutted it and appointed members of its own choosing. This comes after VA forbid the committee to release any documents without VA’s permission, including to VA’s secretary. The changes come after VA ignored a House vote last year to give back the committee’s autonomy on a bill sponsored by Representatives Mike Coffman, R-Colorado, and Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Arizona. Bergmann & Moore reports.
There’s a notice in today’s Federal Register seeking comments for a questionnaire for an “accurate and comprehensive assessment of patients who receive mental health care services” from VA.
VA Sec. Robert McDonald called for a review of medication practices at Tomah’s VA center after reports that vets call it “Candyland” because so many opioids are prescribed.
And, Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisconsin, has fired one of her top staffers after her team mishandled an Office of the Inspector General report last year about the Tomah VA center, reports the Journal Sentinel’s Daniel Bice.
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