Reveal News: Ethics watchdogs press VA, with anti-corruption law in the balance


Consumer groups, veterans advocates, ethics experts and union leaders continued to blast the Department of Veterans Affairs today for its plan to unilaterally scrap a 50-year-old anti-corruption statute, even though VA officials already promised to withdraw the effort.

One of them, the Campaign Legal Center, called the Trump administration’s plan to allow for-profit colleges to enrich officials who implement the GI Bill “contrary to law and arbitrary and capricious.”

“We couldn’t just rely on informal assurances offered to the media,” said Walter Shaub, the former director of the Office of Government Ethics, who resigned in protest in July.

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