Veterans Legislation Roundup

National VFW - 8/4/2017

This week, the House advanced several VFW-supported veterans bills to improve benefits and services. On Monday, the House passed H.R. 2006, the VA Procurement Efficiency and Transparency Act, which would encourage efficiency and transparency in VA’s procurement processes by mandating high-level parameters for how the department calculates its savings through competition when awarding procurement contracts; H.R.1690,  the Department of Veterans Affairs Bonus Transparency Act, which would require VA to submit an annual report to Congress regarding performance awards provided to regional office directors, medical center directors, service network directors, and senior executive staff; and H.R. 282, the Military Residency Choice Act, which would amend the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act to permit the spouse of a service member to elect to use the same residence as the service member for purposes of taxation and voting, regardless of the date they were married. Today, the House also passed: H.R.2772, the VA Senior Executive Accountability Act, which would improve transparency by requiring VA to inform Congress about where senior executives are being moved; H.R. 3262, the Grow Our Own Directive: Physician Assistant Employment and Education Act of 2017, which establishes a pilot program to provide educational assistance and training as VA physician assistants for certain former members of the armed forces with medical or military health experience; H.R. 95, the Veterans’ Access to Child Care Act, which would make VA’s pilot program for child care a permanent program at VA for veterans who are receiving regular mental health services or other intensive health care services from VA and serve as the primary caretaker of a child; and H.R. 873, the Global War on Terrorism Memorial Act, which would authorize the Global War on Terror Memorial Foundation to establish the National Global War on Terrorism Memorial as a commemorative work in the District of Columbia.