VHA Announces a Realignment of Central Office
By PVA National Staff
On January 16, Lawrence Connell, the Veterans Health Administration’s (VHA) Chief of Staff, held an informal conference call with PVA and other veterans and military service organizations to brief them about a proposed realignment of VA Central Office. According to VA, the reorganization will ensure VHA programs, staff and resources are best aligned to advance VHA’s transformation into an integrated high reliability health care organization. VA emphasized that this is not a reduction in force and no employee will be terminated as a result of this organization change. The call was held in response to an earlier press release from VA about the reorganization that triggered numerous concerns. PVA is continuing to evaluate the impact of these changes on the SCI system of care.