In response to the failures at the Veterans Affairs Department, Rep. Ron Kind (D-Wis) and every other House member from Wisconsin sponsored a bill that would “bar inspectors general in the federal government from keeping from the public the findings of their investigations.” The bipartisan sponsorship could help the bill pass more easily.
The inspector general at the VA did not release findings of an investigation into opiate prescriptions at facility in Wisconsin. Rep. Kind initiated the complaint that triggered the investigation and was not notified of the completion of the investigation. As more investigation was done into the VA inspector general investigations, news outlets found that the agency withheld “the findings of 140 other investigations of veteran health care across the country since 2006.”
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