Sinema Demands VA Transparency on Reported Delays and Inadequate Oversight of Compensation & Pension Exams

Nov 24, 2020

WASHINGTON – Arizona senior Senator Kyrsten Sinema requested transparency from the Department of Veterans Affairs regarding reported delays, inconsistencies, and inadequate oversight of contracted compensation and pension (C&P) exams after continuing concerns in Arizona.
“Arizona veterans sacrificed for our country and we must ensure they receive the benefits they’ve earned. The VA should be honest and transparent about delays and must address inadequate oversight of contracted disability exams in Arizona,” said Sinema.
Sinema’s letter specifically references a 2017 Office of Special Counsel whistleblower report regarding Phoenix VA Health Care Systems that cites observations and makes recommendations needing immediate improvement of contracted C&P exams.
Currently, VA contracts 87% of C&P exams. However, VA has not offered sufficient reasoning why it is decreasing capacity at VA medical centers or provided a cost-benefit analysis showing contracted exams are more efficient than performing them in-house. VA must also address all of the recommendations from the Government Accountability Office and the VA Office of Inspector General regarding concerns about quality assurances and oversight of C&P exams.
Sinema’s letter requests VA to provide the cost-benefit analysis supporting transition to contracted C&P exams, how VA has addressed government watchdogs recommendations regarding oversight, and financial information to better understand the cost differential between VA and contracted exams.
Click HERE to read Sinema’s letter.