Department of Veterans’ Affairs: Office of Advocacy and Assistance
The study examined how well the Department of Veterans’ Affairs Office of Advocacy and Assistance (OAA) provides “aid and benefit” to veterans, their spouses, and eligible dependents and family members, as required by state statute.
The PRI committee directed staff to draft a study scope at its February 11, 2015, meeting and approved the draft study scope on April 22, 2015. PRI staff presented an interim study update to the committee on September 30, 2015, which was followed by an informational public hearing. On December 16, 2015, after staff presented its findings and recommendations, the committee voted unanimously to approve the staff recommendations as its own. The final committee report is available under Products.
During the current legislative session (2016), PRI raised three bills based on this study’s recommendations and recently reported out one combined bill: substitute HB5347 to the House.