After today’s announcement that Department of Veterans Affairs Veterans Integrated Service Network 4 Director Michael Moreland will be retiring, Chairman Jeff Miller released the following statement:
“Michael Moreland is the poster child for the widespread and systemic lack of accountability throughout the Department of Veterans Affairs. His arrogance and insensitivity throughout the entire Legionnaires’ disease tragedy was incredibly hurtful to the families of those who died and absolutely shocking to all veterans and taxpayers familiar with the ordeal. Moreland’s absolute refusal to take any responsibility whatsoever for five preventable veteran deaths that he oversaw has tarnished his legacy of more than 30 years of government service and badly damaged the reputation of the department as a whole. VA leaders have been saying for months that Moreland’s outrageous $63,000 bonus is under review. Now it’s up them to do the right thing by immediately announcing the results of that review and taking all steps necessary to recoup Moreland’s bonus.” – Rep. Jeff Miller, Chairman, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.