Republicans Call for Hearing on VA Records Backlog

July 13, 2021
In The News

House Republicans are calling for the House Oversight and Reform Committee to hold a hearing on the backlog of veterans’ records requests due to the pandemic. “While it appears that [National Archives and Records Administration] will increase the number of employees onsite by July 19, 2021, it is troubling that the workforce is still not back to work at full capacity even though the backlog stands at nearly 500,000,” a group of Republicans led by Reps. James Comer, R-Ky., ranking member of the committee, and Fred Keller, R-Pa, wrote to Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., committee chairwoman, on Monday. “We urge you to hold a hearing to conduct oversight on why there was not a plan to address records requests effectively during the pandemic, how the agency plans to resolve the backlog, and why the workforce has taken so long to return to pre-pandemic levels.”