David Shulkin, President Donald Trump’s pick to lead the Veterans Affairs Department, earned high praise from the Senate committee during his nomination hearing. Changing the department’s current Veterans Choice Program and crafting new accountability and disciplinary procedures for VA employees were common topics.
Rob Snyder, the acting secretary of the Veterans Affairs Department, officially exempts some health care, construction and project management professionals from the President’s short-term hiring freeze. Snyder’s announcement comes after repeated appeals from some lawmakers, who said the freeze could impact veterans’ ability to access health care.
Defense legislation signed into law by President Barack Obama in December will reverse decades-old mistake of tax withholding from veterans with combat-related disabilities.
Roger Waldron, president of the Coalition for Government Procurement, discusses a critical issue driving unnecessary costs and other inefficiencies in the government’s purchase of products, including pharmaceuticals.
Veterans service organizations and the American Federation of Government Employees, which represents roughly 230,000 employees at the Veterans Affairs Department, say the President-elect’s nominee to lead the agency is a pleasant surprise. Dr. David Shulkin, the current VA undersecretary for health, should give the agency some continuity during the transition, they said.
President-elect Donald Trump says his choice for VA secretary is David Shulkin, who is currently the department’s undersecretary for health.
In today’s Top Federal Headlines, the Veterans Affairs Department’s Inspector General says the agency needs more oversight of its recruitment, relocation, and retainment incentives.
Two weeks before President-elect Donald Trump takes office, the Obama administration has highlighted some of the management milestones it’s achieved over the last eight years.
In today’s Top Federal Headlines, Ellen Stofan says she is leaving her post at NASA after five years for “new adventures.”
Veterans Affairs Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson wrote to Congress this week, asking that it begin work immediately to repeal cuts to the agency’s award and incentive spending. Congress cut VA’s performance bonus budget by about 20 percent next year to cover opioid-addiction treatment programs for veterans.
Many veterans groups are hoping President-elect Donald Trump won’t name a new Veterans Affairs secretary, instead, leaving secretary Bob McDonald in his post for at least another couple years. Twenty military and veteran associations have just written to Trump’s transition team, arguing that McDonald’s reform agenda has just started to take hold, and now would be a particularly bad time to install new leadership. Bill Rausch, an Army veteran and the executive director of one of those groups, Got Your Six, provides insight on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Chairman Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) and Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) outlined their concerns with the Veterans Affairs Department in a letter to Vice President-elect Mike Pence. Meanwhile, current VA Secretary Bob McDonald said Congress has been the biggest barrier to true transformation at the VA.
President Barack Obama and senior administration leaders celebrated the achievements from the federal workforce over the past eight years. In his final days in office, Obama asked federal employees to think back to the moment they decided to join public service and encouraged them to continue their work as his administration leaves and another takes its place.
The Senate had a busy weekend, passing five major pieces of legislation that will impact veterans, inspectors general, FBI whistleblowers and others before the close of the 114th Congress.