Veterans Affairs Secretary doesn't plan to resign, Senators grill him on VA problems

VA Secretary Eric Shinseki delivers first public testimony since Phoenix VA Scandal broke. He says he will conduct a review. Some senators, including KS Senator Jerry Moran, not confident in the administration

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Veterans Affairs Sec. Eric Shinseki grilled by a panel of Senators. Sen. Jerry Moran, one of many, who has expressed concern about the VA Administration.

Republicans and Democrats both taking turns expressing dissatisfaction with the current VA Administration. Senator Jerry Moran has been vocal about the issue. Moran, like the American Legion, have called for the Secretary Shinseki's resignation.
Moran said,"the Phoenix situation seems to have brought national attention to this problem."

A problem not just about secret wait times that possibly led to the death of 40 veterans, but overall quality of care. Secretary Shinseki proposed an audit of all VA operations. Shinseki said, "the fact that there is evidence behooves us to take another thorough look."

However, Senator Moran is not convinced. In front the Veterans Affair Committee he paraphrased a recent audit. He said, "a day at most audit that did not comb through the electronic system or actually audit any reports is not indicative of a thorough review."

Moran, also not confident in the secretary's ability to audit about 17 hundred facilities nationwide. He said, "in part my concern is the quality of the review. It appears to me that this is damage control. It's what people do when there's allegations of mismanagement and improper conduct

A task Shinseki plans to conduct in two weeks. Moran, like others, tired of hearings. Instead they want action now. He said after all the hearings are said and done, "will we be here six months from now in which the VA has a plan in place to transform itself?"

Shinseki has vowed to get to the bottom of all the VA troubles and will take all actions necessary. He said, "any allegation, any adverse incident likes this makes me mad as hell."

The Chief of the Department of Veterans Affairs said his office is working with Federal Prosecutors to see if it's possible to press criminal charges against those at the Phoenix VA Facility.


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