Veteran Affairs Secretary David Shulkin continued his commitment to make the VA more accountable and efficient last week, announcing plans to close roughly 1,100 empty or under-utilized VA buildings costing taxpayers $25 million per year.
This means more money can be directed where veterans need it most. “We applaud Shulkin for taking the tough steps to ensure resources are actually being used towards helping veterans and not being thrown out the window,” Concerned Veterans for America Policy Director Dan Caldwell said in a statement. “A more efficient, accountable VA means better care for veterans.”
Shulkin’s announcement is the latest effort to clean up the VA and instill greater discipline and accountability among its scandal-ridden workforce. Earlier this year, Shulkin took the unprecedented step of calling for accountability legislation that reduces the amount of time VA officials have to wait before taking action against negligent employees. For this reason, CVA Executive Director Mark Lucas has said he’s grateful Shulkin is an ally in the fight to bring much needed accountability to the VA.