House veterans chairman says inspector general, others at VA impede congressional oversight

The chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee says the inspector general and other officials at the Department of Veterans Affairs are withholding reports from his panel, despite pledges to be transparent.

Republican Rep. Jeff Miller of Florida says the VA's actions impede the ability of Congress to oversee a department rocked by a scandal over long wait times for veterans seeking medical care and falsified records covering up delays.

In prepared remarks for a hearing Monday night, Miller said more than 100 requests for information from the VA remain outstanding. He said VA officials have challenged the need for some of the information requested and withheld others based on "unfounded fears" that the information might be publicly released.

Miller said he won't tolerate anyone interfering with a congressional investigation.