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Memorial Day provides respite from VA controversies, even as new issue brews

Memorial Day is a time to remember those who gave their lives to protect this country. It is a day when the focus on those sacrifices will be through commemorations with bugle calls and wreath layings instead of the controversies that have dogged the Department of Veterans Affairs. Yet, even as the ceremonies get underway, another debate […]

41 Secret Service agents disciplined after leaking GOP congressman’s personnel file

Secret Service agents involved in prying into and leaking information from an old personnel file of a top GOP congressman face discipline for improperly accessing what are private agency records, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced late Thursday. Johnson said in a statement that he was “appalled by the episode” as he announced that 41 agents […]

Vet, one of 4,200 mistakenly declared dead by VA, feels ‘resurrected’

Uncle Sam is generally so considerate of veterans – but not when he declares the alive to be dead. That was the case with Joseph D. Kane Jr., an Air Force vet in St. Petersburg, Fla. A 2014 letter from the Defense Finance and Accounting Service to his wife said the agency was “sincerely sorry […]

To cut wait times, VA wants nurses to act like doctors. Doctors say veterans will be harmed.

The Department of Veterans Affairs would dramatically expand the authority of nurses to treat patients without a doctor’s supervision in a controversial proposal by the country’s largest health-care system. The plan, which would allow...Show More Summary

More questions raised about OPM’s response to breaches of background, personnel records

A year after the government disclosed that personal information on millions of current and former federal employees and others had been stolen from two Office of Personnel Management databases, auditors remain skeptical of OPM’s steps to shut the cyber barn door. “We continue to believe that there is a very high risk that the project […]

For many poor families, housing costs are ‘out of reach’

Even as the federal government provides housing assistance for 5.5 million households, 7.2 million housing units are needed for more than 10 million extremely low-income families. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julián Castro delivered this bad news in a report on housing for low-income renters that is “Out of Reach,” which is the name […]

Report finds federal prisons held 157 inmates too long, one by almost three years

Government folks have such a way with words. Case in point: A federal watchdog report published Tuesday exposes the “untimely release” of inmates from federal prisons. “Untimely” probably seems a bit mild to the individual who was released 928 days late, almost three years, because of an error by the Bureau of Prisons (BOP). Then, […]

Five arrested for impersonating IRS agents in phone scam

Authorities said Tuesday that they have arrested five people in Miami who are accused of tricking 1,500 victims into paying a total of $2 million to the IRS they didn’t owe, part of a far-flung tax scam that so far has netted criminals $36.5 million. The suspects, all Cuban nationals who were arrested Monday, were […]

Senator calls for VA chief to resign over Disney remark

Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) has called on Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald to resign because of his remarks comparing wait lines at a Disney park to VA health care. “Secretary McDonald’s preposterous statement is right out of Never Never Land,” Blunt said Tuesday. “I call on him to resign because it’s clear he cannot […]

House takes action against Confederate flag, a symbol of treason

One of the most notable things about congressional action to restrict the display of Confederate flags at Department of Veterans Affairs cemeteries was the debate before last week’s vote. There was none. Rep. Jared Huffman (D-Calif.) offered an amendment that would ban the flying of the flags on VA cemetery flagpoles, and no one said a […]

Democrats to fend off GOP attacks at rare hearing to impeach IRS chief

House Democrats plan to make the case Tuesday that impeaching the IRS chief is a waste of time and would require a full-blown investigation that could not come close to wrapping up by the end of this session of Congress. Outlining their strategy for what’s shaping up as a partisan hearing on four articles of impeachment Republicans have […]

Republicans pull measure from House floor that would roll back LGBT rights

Republican leaders avoided another explosion over gay rights on the House floor Monday when they stripped language from a VA bill that would have rolled back expanded rights for LGBT employees who work for federal contractors. The broader bill would provide greater access for veterans to private medical care outside the VA system, particularly in rural areas. […]

Senate aims to boost buyout offers to Defense Department employees

The Defense Department could dangle a much larger cash carrot before its employees to induce them to resign or retire, under a budget bill up for Senate voting this week. The bill would grant the Pentagon’s request to increase the maximum “voluntary separation incentive payment” — more commonly known as a buyout — from $25,000 […]

IRS chief won’t appear at his impeachment hearing: No time to prepare, aides say

IRS Chief John Koskinen will not appear before the House Judiciary Committee Tuesday to defend himself against charges that he defied a subpoena from Congress as it investigated the treatment of conservative groups and should be ousted from office. Aides to the embattled tax collector on Monday said he has not had adequate time to prepare […]

Next stop, home office: Agencies urged to step up telework due to Metro disruptions

For more federal employees in the national capital area, the first—and last—stop on their commute soon may be inside their own homes. Federal agencies have been told to be more open-minded in allowing their employees to telework, and to work alternate schedules, in preparation for Metro’s SafeTrack project. That project will cause slowdowns and other disruptions […]

VA chief compares waits for veteran care to Disneyland: They don’t measure and we shouldn’t either

Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald, under pressure to be more transparent about how VA measures wait times for veteran care, on Monday said the government should be more like Disneyland. Disney doesn’t track how long visitors wait in line for attractions at its theme parks to decide if they liked their experience, he said. So the VA […]

High tech firms lag in diversity, EEOC says

While the high tech industry is a major source of economic growth in the United States, it generally lags well behind other parts of the private sector in the employment and advancement of women, people of color and older workers. That’s the take-away from an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission forum in Washington last week on […]

Bill hitting due process for VA staff is okay with union

  Senate legislation ripping due process rights for Department of Veterans Affairs employees is getting battered for being too strong and too weak at the same time. While the bipartisan co-sponsors say the “Veterans First Act” would force greater accountability for VA staffers, a letter sent Wednesday by a dozen federal employee organizations points to […]

As he begins transition planning, Trump turns to unlikely source: Romney-world

Just 11 weeks ago, Mitt Romney was denouncing Donald Trump as a “fraud” and a “phony”  and all but calling for a floor battle at the Republican convention to deny the businessman the nomination for president. Yet today the man Romney tapped four years ago to draw up his blueprint for a new administration is in […]

EPA employees on hearing agenda, but that’s not all

Reading Assistant Inspector General Patrick Sullivan’s full statement to a House hearing might give the impression that the Environmental Protection Agency is a rogue’s gallery of cheats, thieves and reprobates. The session also had a not so hidden agenda. Topping a long list of federal employees and contractors Sullivan’s office has investigated is this standout: […]

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