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H.R. 5683 - Department of Veterans Affairs Oversight Enhancement Act of 2018

Sponsor: Jim Banks (R)
Introduced: 2018-05-07
Bill Status: Referred to the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs.
 
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115th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. R. 5683


    To require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to report biennially on actions taken to address areas of concern that led to the inclusion of veterans health care in the High Risk List of the Government Accountability Office, and for other purposes.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

May 7, 2018

    Mr. Banks of Indiana (for himself and Mr. Moulton) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs


A BILL

    To require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to report biennially on actions taken to address areas of concern that led to the inclusion of veterans health care in the High Risk List of the Government Accountability Office, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Department of Veterans Affairs Oversight Enhancement Act of 2018”.

SEC. 2. Biennial report by Secretary of Veterans Affairs on actions taken to address areas of concern that led to inclusion of veterans health care in the High Risk List of the Government Accountability Office.

(a) Biennial report required.—No later than 120 days after the date of the enactment of this Act and in each session of Congress thereafter in which the High Risk List of the Government Accountability Office published in that session includes health care furnished under laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, the Secretary shall submit to Congress, the appropriate committees of Congress, and the Comptroller General of the United States a report on the actions taken by the Secretary and the progress made by the Secretary in implementing the High Risk Action Plan of the Department of Veterans Affairs to address the areas of concern that led to the designation of such health care as high risk by the Comptroller General in the most recently published High Risk List.

(b) Contents.—Each report submitted under subsection (a) shall include, for the period covered by the period, the following:

(1) The corrective measures and specific steps necessary for addressing root causes identified in the High Risk Action Plan for removal from the high-risk designation, including the progress of the Secretary in implementing those measures and steps. The specific measures and steps shall—

(A) address each root cause;

(B) identify resources to implement corrective actions, including funding, stakeholders, technology, and the senior officials responsible for implementing the corrective actions and reporting results;

(C) identify metrics that can be used to assess progress and assign responsibility for tracking progress, including the mechanism that will be used to keep senior leadership informed about progress made or challenges encountered;

(D) list key outcomes and goals that demonstrate progress in addressing the concerns; and

(E) establish timeframes with overall and interim milestones.

(2) The progress of the Secretary in addressing the five criteria for removal from the High Risk List for each of the areas of concern identified by the Comptroller General.

(3) An explanation and course of action for each failure to fully adopt the Comptroller General's criteria for removal from the High Risk list.

SEC. 3. Annual report by Secretary of Veterans Affairs on implementation of certain recommendations of Comptroller General of the United States pertaining to Department of Veterans Affairs.

(a) Annual report required.—No later than 120 days after the date of the enactment of this Act and not less frequently than once each year thereafter, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall submit to Congress, the appropriate committees of Congress, and to the Comptroller General of the United States a report on implementation of recommendations of the Comptroller General that pertain to the Department of Veterans Affairs.

(b) Contents.—Each report submitted under subsection (a) shall include, for the period covered by the report, the following:

(1) The progress of the Secretary in implementing all open priority recommendations of the Comptroller General for the Department of Veterans Affairs.

(2) An explanation for each instance where the Secretary has decided not to implement, or has not fully implemented, an open priority recommendation of the Comptroller General for the Department.

(3) Courses of action for the Secretary to implement open priority recommendations of the Comptroller General, including—

(A) resources to implement corrective actions, including funding, stakeholders, technology, and the senior officials responsible for implementing the corrective actions and reporting results;

(B) metrics that can be used to assess progress and assign responsibility for tracking progress, including the mechanism that will be used to keep senior leadership informed about progress made or challenges encountered;

(C) key outcomes and goals that demonstrate progress in addressing the concerns; and

(D) timeframes with overall and interim milestones.

(c) Supplement and not supplant current report requirements.—The requirements of this section shall supplement and not supplant the requirements of section 720 of title 31, United States Code.

SEC. 4. Report by Comptroller General of the United States on actions taken by Secretary of Veterans Affairs to address areas of concern that led to inclusion of veterans health care in the 2017 High Risk List of the Government Accountability Office.

(a) Report required.—No later than one year after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Comptroller General of the United States shall submit to Congress and the appropriate committees of Congress a report on the implementation, the actions taken, and the progress made by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs in implementing the High Risk Action Plan of the Department of Veterans Affairs to address the areas of concern that led to the designation of health care furnished under laws administered by the Secretary as high risk by the Comptroller General in the High Risk List published by the Comptroller General in 2017.

(b) Contents.—The report submitted under paragraph (1) shall include the following:

(1) An evaluation of the progress of the Secretary in implementing corrective measures and specific steps for addressing root causes identified in the High Risk Action Plan for removal of veterans health care from the High Risk List.

(2) An evaluation of the progress of the Secretary in addressing the five criteria for removal from the High Risk List for each of the areas of concern identified by the Comptroller General.

(3) An evaluation of the Secretary's explanations and courses of action for each failure to fully adopt the Comptroller General's criteria for removal from the High Risk List.

SEC. 5. Appropriate committees of Congress defined.

In this Act, the term “appropriate committees of Congress” means the Committee on Veterans' Affairs of the Senate and the Committee on Veterans' Affairs of the House of Representatives.


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