May 2 2015

After visiting multiple VA medical centers in North Carolina and drafting a letter with a list of short- and long-term goals, Republican U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis was asked this week to to lead an effort with VA executives to rethink the department’s long-term strategy and identify more efficient practices.

“Let’s sit down and come up with a different approach, something that really hasn’t been done on an enterprise basis in my estimation in any area of government,” Tillis said. “Let’s look at each one of these enterprises, put them on a heat map, find out which ones we should be tackling and how we prioritize the other ones, so what we’re doing here at future committee hearings is talking about time to benefit and whether or not you reached your goals.”

Dr. Carolyn Clancy, interim undersecretary for health at the VA, designated Dr. Karen Rasmussen, director of the VA Management Review Service, to work directly with Tillis.

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