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Congressman Ralph Abraham

Representing the 5th District of Louisiana

Abraham issues statement on Hickey resignation

October 16, 2015
Press Release

 

WASHINGTON - Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D., R-Alto and chairman of the Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs, issued the following statement about the resignation of Allison Hickey, the undersecretary of benefits at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

“I commend Allison Hickey for her military service, but her resignation leaves room for what will hopefully be some fresh air in a department that has turned a blind eye to far too many problems in the VA,” Dr. Abraham said. 

As the head of the Veterans Benefits Administration, Hickey’s department was the subject of a report by the Office of the Inspector General that revealed veterans’ data manipulation and systemic abuse of the VA employee relocation program. Before the report was released, Dr. Abraham conducted an oversight visit to the Philadelphia VA Regional Benefits Office in June where he met with Hickey and other employees. Those meetings revealed the serious problems that still exist between employees, top managers at the VA, and the veterans they are supposed to be working for.

“We saw stark differences in how the leadership and management viewed the workplace versus how the employees viewed the workplace. We have yet to see the improvements we were promised. I have continually said we need a VA structure that works for the veteran, not the government bureaucrat, and I will continue to push for real reform in the VA system,” Dr. Abraham said.

See the OIG report here.

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