In today’s Federal Newscast, the Defense Department’s Inspector General says the Air Force missed certain steps that could have prevented last year’s mass shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas.
Brett Reistad of Manassas, Virginia, was elected national commander of the American Legion on Aug. 30.
The Veteran Affairs Department has been told it can help stem the rise in veteran suicides by speeding the hiring process for mental health workers.
Former Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin said he moved intentionally fast to bring bold transformation to the department.
Though lawmakers still haven’t unveiled the final text of an omnibus spending package for the rest of fiscal 2018, veterans organizations and members of Congress are hopeful the bill will contain major VA policies.
The American Legion said it’s concerned by recent movement by the White House and other organizations to move the Veterans Affairs Department’s health care system in the direction of privatization.
Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin said his agenda for the future of the VA Choice Program also aligns with the White House’s vision.
In today’s Federal Newscast, Attorney General Jeff Sessions is forming a Cyber-Digital Task Force to make recommendations on policy and process changes across the Justice Department.
Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin offered the first glimpse of his plan to redesign the current Veterans Choice Program. He’s calling it the Veterans’ Coordinated Access Rewarding Experience (CARE) Program, and under the new initiative, veterans would no longer access community providers based on a set of arbitrary, administrative rules.
The Veterans Affairs Department, Congress and Government Accountability Office all agree: an outdated and inflexible hiring process and serious shortcomings with the department’s human resources functions are prohibiting the agency from quickly filling at least 45,000 open health care positions.