VA official reassigned before GI Bill Hearing

Fingerpointing over late student payments?

Elizabeth Howe
November 15, 2018 - 10:21 am

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Is a top VA official taking the fall for those delayed GI Bill payments?

A key witness in this afternoon's House Committee on Veterans' Affairs hearing on GI Bill payment delays has been reassigned to a regional office in Houston, Texas, according to an NBC News report,

Robert Worley, executive director of Education Service of the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), based in Washington, D.C., has been reassigned as the executive director of the VBA’s Houston Regional Office. Worley was able to choose which regional office he would lead but was not given the choice to stay in his current position.

Sources at the VA told NBC that this reassignment is due to the delayed GI Bill payments as well as other issues within Worley's office. 

The House Committee on Veterans' Affairs hearing this afternoon is an "attempt to hold VA accountable for the delayed payments to veterans," VA spokespersons told NBC. The IT glitch has left veterans unable to pay school fees and housing payments — and some veterans face eviction.

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