On Monday, the U.S. House of Representatives considered legislation, under a suspension of the rules, that aims to increase oversight of federal GI Bill funding that flows to colleges and universities.
The Isakson-Roe Education Oversight Expansion Act, H.R. 3981, would require higher education and training institutions that are authorized to accept educational benefits from the Veterans Affairs (VA) Department to self-report certain adverse events. More specifically, the measure would mandate that institutions enrolling students using GI Bill education benefits notify the VA or state regulators within 30 days if they get placed on heightened cash monitoring, level 2, by the Education Department, or face a possible loss of accreditation.
The legislation would also allow a veteran's GI Bill education benefits to be restored if an educational entity is found to have acted maliciously or is otherwise found to be inadequate or ineligible under the discretion of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs. Additionally, the bill would require the VA to create a previously mandated database of risk-based surveys within half a year (180 days). Risk-based surveys of
educational entities receiving federal funds ensure that these programs are legitimate, accurately advertised, and properly serving their veteran
Meanwhile the House Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity held an oversight hearing that further discussed risk-based surveys. AACRAO member Joe Rasmussen, Director, University Veteran Services at UW-Madison, testified at the hearing entitled "Less is More: The Impact of Bureaucratic Red Tape on Veterans Education Benefits."