In 2012, President Barack Obama banned deceptive and aggressive recruiting tactics by for-profit colleges, so the University of Phoenix instead sponsors events at military bases to woo veterans – and their GI Bill money – to its educational programs.
The GI Bill does not require schools to be accredited. The loophole is meant to allow veterans to attend trade schools, but Reveal has found 2,000 schools cashing in, including ones that teach scuba diving, dog grooming and yoga.
The Department of Veterans Affairs has reduced its chronic backlog of veterans’ disability claims, but so far, the agency is struggling to meet its self-imposed deadline of eliminating long wait times by 2015.
The chairman of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs and seven colleagues have written to Vice President Mike Pence asking for answers.
The casualties come in the wake of reporting that staff were short of protective masks and gloves and were required to report to work sick.
Behind Miller’s growing lobbying portfolio lies one of the biggest unexamined shifts in Washington’s influence game.
“The answer is: If it hasn’t been proven, it’s not something the VA should endorse,” says one agency official.
Senators cite Reveal coverage in requesting sponsorship contracts, saying they are “deeply concerned.”
The senators asked Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin to “immediately suspend” the proposed regulation.
The Trump administration wants to lift a law that prevents officials who administer the GI Bill from accepting money from for-profit colleges.
U.S. military officials granted special base access to University of Phoenix, according to documents released 817 days after Reveal requested them.
The program is failing at its most basic goals, with some veterans still waiting more than eight months to receive outside medical care.