A commentary and article in the Washington reveal that the answer for problems art Arlington National Cemetery in 2011 may be the Depatment of Veterans Affairs.
I have long thought there is scant logic for the cemetery to be assigned to the Office of the Secretary of the Army. That office is supposed to make policy, not manage operating entities. Managing cemeteries is not a proper Army mission. The Veterans Affairs Department is fully equipped and much better staffed to do such a job. It could take over the cemetery with hardly a ripple. And the employees would be part of a much larger workforce where supervision, training and opportunity are much better than in the smaller workforce of the cemetery.
Now is a good time to consider formally transferring ownership of Arlington National Cemetery from the Army to the Veterans Affairs Department. It would take congressional approval, and Congress should act.
Maury S. Cralle Jr., Burke
Arlington National Cemetery has recently enrolled its people in training at the Department Of Veterans Affairs(VA).
It will take an act of Congress to bring Arlington National Cemetery under The Department of Veterans Affairs but that may be needed to solve the problems that arose at the cemetery in 2010.
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Arlington National Cemetery has a new criminal investigation underway into irregularities that have occurred at the cemetery in the past several years.
The Army’s Criminal Investigation Command has launched another investigation into Arlington National Cemetery, a spokesman confirmed Thursday.
The spokesman, Christopher Grey, would not discuss the focus of the probe but said it was prompted after Kathryn Condon, executive director of the Army Cemeteries Program, “recently became aware of questionable practices that took place” at Arlington. This would be at least the third criminal investigation into the cemetery in recent years; none has yet resulted in criminal charges.
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There has been new oversight legislation proposed for Arlington National Cemetery(ANC). Since reports of record keeping and grave miss marking surfaced at Arlington National Cemetery.
Senator Scott Brown of Massachusetts and Claire McCaskell of Missouri are supporting the Arlington National Cemetery Oversight Act.
U.S. Sen. Scott P. Brown, R-Mass., along with a bipartisan group of senators, has introduced legislation aimed at preventing the miss-marking of graves at Arlington National Cemetery in the wake of a series of revelations regarding the mishandling of remains of U.S. soldiers.
Mr. Brown said the Arlington National Cemetery Oversight Act would give Congress direct enforcement power over operation of the cemetery and impose new management requirements to prevent future cases of what he called “egregious mismanagement” at the cemetery.
Recent hearings into problems at the cemetery revealed as many as 6,600 graves may have been miss-marked at the cemetery.
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As the investigation of Arlington National Cemetery records scandal continues the question is asked should the Veterans Administration run Arlington National Cemetery?
It maybe best if the Department of Veterans Affairs runs Arlington National Cemetery, ANC.
“Let VA run Arlington
The festering scandal over mismarked graves and poor record-keeping at Arlington National Cemetery keeps getting worse: The Army confirmed Sept. 15 that it had exhumed the remains of two service members at Arlington and that the bodies had indeed been buried in the wrong graves.
The exhumations were prompted by calls from worried family members following an Army report in June that said the problems could affect up to 6,600 graves.
Such incompetence raises an important question: Why is the Army running Arlington at all?”
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- Hallowed Ground sign at Arlington National Cemetery Image via Wikipedia
Pro bono work to do an assessment of the process and technologies difficulties at Arlington National Cemetery has begun. This is all be handled by The Northern Virginia Technology Council. Technology Contractors for the Department of The Army Failed to put a computerized.
The pro bono work will suggest solutions to ANC, Arlington National Cemetery’s well publicized problems.
Sept. 13 — The Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC) announced today that, after several productive meetings with staff at Arlington National Cemetery, it is moving forward immediately to conduct a pro-bono assessment of the Cemetery’s processes and technology. Booz Allen Hamilton, SAIC and The MITRE Corporation are collaborating with thirteen other members of NVTC to conduct the assessment, which is expected to be complete within 60 days. The purpose of this initiative is to identify and develop solutions to restore America’s confidence in the integrity of Arlington National Cemetery. At the conclusion of this assessment, NVTC will provide a written report to Arlington National Cemetery Executive Director Kathryn Condon and the Secretary of the Army with the findings and recommendations.
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Should the US Army continue to run Arlington National Cemetery? This is probably the most pressing question facing our country at this time. But it is one that is being asked.
Veterans groups and members of Congress are questioning whether management of Arlington National Cemetery should be transferred from the Army to the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Once the records at Arlington National Cemetery Are computerized and the investigation of administrators and contractors is completed the United States Army deserves a second chance.
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