WASHINGTON—U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, today made the following statement after the committee approved the nomination of Michael Missal to be Inspector General of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA):
“The VA hasn’t had a permanent Inspector General for over two years. During that time, the VA has been plagued with scandal and mismanagement, and our veterans have been paying the price,” said Rounds. “They deserve better from their government. It is my hope that a new Inspector General will help regain trust in the VA, and provide accountability for the Department’s policies and management.”
The Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee held a prior hearing on Missal’s nomination in November 2015. He now awaits confirmation from the full Senate.