New law to provide oversight of Arlington National Cemetery
WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama signed into law bill S. 3860 Wednesday night. The law will hold the Secretary of the Army accountable to Congress on Arlington National Cemetery’s ability to identify and fix any errors in the burial records for gravesites within the cemetery.
The bill, introduced by Senators Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Scott Brown (R-MA), Susan Collins (R-ME), Joseph Lieberman (I-CT) and Richard Burr (R-NC) also requires the Government Accountability Office to conduct an independent review and report on the management and oversight of contracts at the cemetery, as well as a study of who would be best to oversee the cemetery.
Require the Secretary of the Army to report to Congress on the progress at Arlington on changing the management and oversight structure at Arlington National Cemetery, including contract management and practices for providing information and outreach to families of individuals buried at Arlington.