U.S. House Committee, VA Clash Over Requests For Data

WASHINGTON (July 9, 2013)--A bipartisan group of lawmakers has gone public with its frustration over the Veterans Affairs Department's failure to comply with nearly 100 requests for information.

The U.S. House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, which oversees veterans' program, said it will use its website to highlight the inquiries it says the VA has failed to answer.

The "Trials in Transparency" page will keep a running record of pending requests for information, the committee said.

The committee said it has 95 such requests including one in July 2012 for data on the department's hiring of mental health workers and one in September 2012 about conference spending.

The frustration extends to Democrats on the committee as well as Republicans.

The VA did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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