In today’s Federal Newscast, the Office of Government Ethics laid out what kind of aid furloughed employees are allowed to receive during a government shutdown.
The Department of Veterans Affairs said it’s ready for the launch of its new appeals modernization program, which officially started Tuesday after a year-long pilot.
Preparations for a new appeals process at the Veterans Benefits Administration are two-thirds of the way complete, but IT upgrades have fallen behind.
The Veterans Affairs Department has about a year to get its appeals process off the ground. Congress and GAO are concerned VA doesn’t have the tools ready to meet that deadline.
Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin gave a progress report on a wide range of initiatives. He told the Senate VA Committee that the department is still making “incremental change” on hiring, appeals modernization, accountability and a new electronic health record.