Governor Scott’s Statement of the Resignation of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki

Agency for Health Care Administration Files FOIA Appeal

Today, Governor Scott released the following statement on the resignation of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki:

Governor Scott said, “The resignation of Eric Shinseki is a good first step in much needed reform in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Over the last several weeks, I have pressed federal VA hospitals to allow access for our state inspectors from the Agency for Health Care Administration to ensure that our nation’s veterans were getting the treatment they deserve. Our goal is to improve the quality of care for veterans using these hospitals in Florida. In order to accomplish this goal, a big injection of transparency and accountability is needed.

“That is why, today, AHCA submitted a FOIA appeal for the records the federal Department of Veterans Affairs has failed to provide by the deadline stated in public records law. This action is independent of the lawsuit AHCA is preparing for the right to gain access to the VA hospitals. Today’s news is a step forward, but our administration will continue to hold the VA accountable to the veterans they serve.”


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