Veterans Affairs

  • Veterans preference, not so much

    Congress changed retention rules for future DoD layoffs, downgrading veterans preference and putting performance ratings in first place. Sounds good? It depends, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

  • Shulkin promises employee accountability, VA Choice redesign if confirmed

    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.

  • VA officially exempts some health, contracting professionals from hiring freeze

    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.

  • DoD fix to repay improperly withheld taxes from some veterans’ disability payments

    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.

  • Re-engineering VA MAS program to deliver best value for veterans

    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.

  • With VA’s Shulkin, Trump gets continuity and private sector ideas, experts say

    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.

  • Trump nominates David Shulkin as VA secretary

    President-elect Donald Trump says his choice for VA secretary is David Shulkin, who is currently the department’s undersecretary for health.

  • VA gave out over $30M in unauthorized incentives

    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.

  • Obama administration looks back on management successes

    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.

  • NASA’s chief scientist announces departure

    In today’s Top Federal Headlines, Ellen Stofan says she is leaving her post at NASA after five years for “new adventures.”

  • VA asks Congress to repeal cuts to agency’s award and incentive spending

    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.

  • Bill Rausch: Trump should keep current VA secretary

    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.

  • Senators suggest priorities for Trump’s next VA pick

    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.

  • For one last time, Obama says ‘thank you’ to federal workforce

    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.