VA Provides Reorganization Plan to Strengthen and Modernize Department

Today the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced specific recommendations in the President’s “Delivering Government Solutions in the 21st Century” – Reform Plan and Reorganization Recommendations.”

The plan is the result of President Trump’s Executive Order 13781 – “Executive Order on a Comprehensive Plan for Reorganizing the Executive Branch,” signed March 13, 2017. Specific mentions of VA are on page 57 and 125 on the document above.

The Executive Order directed all federal agencies to submit a plan to improve efficiency, effectiveness and accountability of the executive branch of government.

The proposed recommendations seek to modernize VA by reducing bureaucracy, increasing accountability and improving delivery of services to America’s Veterans and their loved ones.

“Under President Trump, we are embarking on the largest transformation and modernization effort in recent history. As part of this effort, we are tackling head-on issues that have lingered for years,” said Acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs Peter O’Rourke.

The plan outlines five modernization initiatives currently underway that will enable VA to more effectively deliver benefits and services to America’s Veterans. These initiatives include:  Electronic Health RecordCommunity CareAppeals ModernizationFinancial Management Business Transformation and Legacy IT System Modernization.

Additionally, the plan calls for the transfer of 11 military and Veterans cemeteries from the Department of the Army to VA’s National Cemetery Administration.  The transfer would increase efficiency, limit mission overlap and ensure that these cemeteries are maintained to national shrine standards. VA and the Department of Defense are working together to develop plans for the transfer, continuous care and operation of these 11 sites.

Finally, the plan will consolidate small business certification with the Small Business Administration which will improve access to capital and Federal contracts for small business owners. This is on page 93 in the report.

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