“The Veterans Affairs Department is preparing
a top-to-bottom review of the challenges VA leadership sees in the department.
Secretary David Shulkin told reporters Wednesday he hopes to release the “State
of VA” report in two or three weeks.
The report will come as the department
continues to review its functions and offices in preparation for the Trump
administration’s government reorganization efforts.
Agencies must submit reform plans to the
Office of Management and Budget this summer, but VA says it would like to move
more quickly. Shulkin already announced his intention to shrink the size of
VA’s corporate central office, which he said will be one part of the
department’s reorganization efforts.
Other solutions are coming.
“We’re looking to move toward more shared
services rather than siloed services in each of our administrations,” Shulkin
said during a House Appropriations subcommittee hearing May 3. “We’re actually
looking across federal agencies to see — are there things that maybe other
agencies are doing better that they should be doing for us…”
“… At the same time, VA is pursuing
cost-cutting measures. The department is discussing how it can eliminate or
sell 431 empty buildings and repurpose some 735 more under-utilized facilities.
Those buildings cost VA $25 million a year to maintain, Shulkin said…”
G2X TAKE: The VA Secretary covered a lot of
ground yesterday on topics ranging from “Choice 2.0” to shared services, as he
addressed members of congress at the 2018 Veterans Affairs Oversight Hearing. This article provides a good overview in
advance of a state of the VA report expected out in May.
You can see
the entire hearing here