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Top VA doc: If there aren’t enough doctors, have nurses treat our vets

In the week since the Department of Veterans Affairs proposed a regulation that would dramatically expand the authority of nurses to treat patients without a doctor’s supervision, supporters and opponents of the change have weighed in with more than 10,000 comments. And the public has 53 more days to tell VA what it thinks. David J. Shulkin, who […]

Park Service chief apologizes for unethical behavior

It came a little late, but National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis has apologized for unethical behavior that he was investigated for last year. The behavior was connected to a book about national parks he wrote for a nonprofit organization that has a cooperating agreement with the agency. The Interior Department’s Office of Inspector […]

Senate report hits ‘inferior’ FBI whistleblower procedures, citing ‘numerous deficiencies’

The irony is the FBI relies on informants to fight crime. Yet when it comes to in-house wrongdoing, the nation’s most celebrated law enforcement agency too often punishes its own whistleblowers. Legislation approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee aims to fix that. A committee report issued last week outlines how an agency charged with capturing […]

Reports: Homeless, foster kids face enormous hurdles in trying to get to college

While the path from kindergarten through college can be tough for anyone, two government reports released this month outline the particular difficulties facing poor black and Hispanic students, as well as the higher education hurdles confronting homeless and foster youth. Show More Summary

Former Guantanamo prosecutor settles free speech case for $100,000

The Library of Congress will pay the former chief military prosecutor at Guantanamo Bay $100,000 and correct his personnel file to settle his claim that he was wrongly fired for criticizing military commissions for detainees. The deal announced Tuesday by the American Civil Liberties Union, which represented retired Air Force colonel Morris Davis, marks the end […]

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 […]

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