The Department of Veterans Affairs has a statutory responsibility to offer networks of health care providers outside of its own system.
Federal Drive with Tom Temin got the latest from the Executive Director of the National Veterans Legal Services Program, Bart Stichman.
For how they're faring, Federal Drive with Tom Temin checked in with the Executive Director of the Office of Congressional Workplace Rights, Susan Tsui Grundmann.
We attempt to meet major challenges with civil service pay and job classification processes driven by a law that is 72 years old, and a hiring process that limits the government’s ability to compete for talent.
Tests on VA's new system showed more than 500 serious problems as recently as last summer. The department managed to resolve or work around almost all of them by the time of its first deployment in October.
What do you think you would have done had your crystal ball been working a year ago? Better yet, what will you do the next time?
Federal retirements dipped to a 10-year low in 2020. With the pandemic changing the way federal employees work and live, are you thinking about your retirement plans differently today? Tell us about your retirement plans in Federal News Network's anonymous, online survey.
Leave has been a hot commodity for federal employees in the pandemic. Congress has made a handful of attempts to add, preserve or clarify paid leave for feds during the health crisis. Now, there's a new effort.
The Veterans Health Administration is marking its 75th year. Now that Denis McDonough is confirmed as the new veterans affairs secretary, what will his overseers on Capitol Hill be most concerned with?
Meanwhile, the national average for vaccine efficiency sits at 68% and skepticism remains high among military spouses.
Veterans and health care have changed a lot since 1945 when the vast cohort started returning home from World War II. The VA's acting Undersecretary for Health, Dr. Richard Stone, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for a review.
What do the numbers tell us about the size, length and scope of the long-overdue retirement tidal wave? Maybe something. Maybe not much.
One budget reconciliation proposal would create a brand new bank of paid leave, worth about $570 million, for federal employees to recover from COVID-19 and care for sick family members, or children who are learning virtually from home.
Most of the 75,420 (as of Dec. 30, 2020) feds with $1 million-plus Thrift Savings Plan accounts have three things in common. And you can join them.