Congress finally confirmed Michael Missal as the new inspector general for the Department of Veterans Affairs. Even though it took six months, this is the first time in 28 months that the position has been filled by the VA. Missal’s nomination received an overwhelming approval from Congress, but was delayed due to a series of largely unrelated VA concerns.
Missal has his work cut out for him at the Department of Veterans Affairs. His background as senior counsel at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has given him extensive experience with congressional and federal investigations. This is a positive note for many veterans who have been lost in the bureaucracy of compensation, pension, and other medical claims and concerns.
I’m glad that after a six-month wait, the Senate has finally confirmed a permanent Department of Veterans Affairs inspector general. Now it’s time for Senators to focus on the 21 veterans-related bills that have passed the House and are now gathering dust in the Senate. These bills include vital measures that would address the department’s accountability crisis, help reduce veteran suicides and improve mental health care for those who have worn the uniform. It’s well past time for the Senate to give these important bills full and fair consideration.”—Rep. Jeff Miller, Chairman, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs
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