Legisation Holds VA Accountable For Taxpayer Dollars

By Maureen Mespell

October 11, 2011 Updated Oct 11, 2011 at 10:42 PM EDT

WASHINGTON, D.C. Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - The House of Representatives passed legislation Tuesday to eliminate waste, fraud and abuse in the Department of Veterans' Affairs.

The legislation that was authored by Congressman Stutzman (R-IN-03), chairman of the Veterans' Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity, requires quarterly reports to Congress on the expense of conferences that happened during that quarter.

The bill was written after discovering that the 11 day taxpayer funded VA conference in Scottsdale, Arizona in February 2011, incurred a cost of $221,500, including $97,000 in consulting services. They did not hold meetings on the weekends.

Stutzman says that while it is important for the VA to develop and plan, as long as the VA is spending taxpayer dollars, they need to be open and accountable.

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