U.S. Senator Bob Casey seeks probe of VA mismanagement

Written by The Associated Press | May 6, 2015 1:16 AM

Photo by Courtesy of the Carol M. Highsmith Archive at the Library of Congress.

(Washington) -- Troubled by delays in handling of veterans claims, a bipartisan group of senators is seeking a wide-scale independent review of the Department of Veterans Affairs for mismanagement and changes to improve budgeting and speed up applications. 

A report slated to be released today by Pennsylvania U.S. Senator Bob Casey of Pennsylvania and Nevada U.S. Senator Dean Heller acknowledges recent efforts by the VA to reduce disability and pensions claims backlogs but says it's not been enough.

Pointing to the VA's worst performers such as the Philadelphia regional office, the lawmakers plan to announce legislation that would require the Government Accountability Office to investigate all 56 regional offices. 

It is the latest sign of congressional concern that recent findings of mismanagement at the Philadelphia VA might point to a broader, department-wide problem.

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