In today’s Federal Newscast, with more and more coronavirus prevention measures taking place, one senator thinks the Trump administration should launch a website, dedicated to providing information to the public.
In today’s Federal Newscast, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation has struck a three year bargaining agreement with the National Treasury Employees Union, which includes paid parental leave.
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.
In today’s Federal Newscast, NASA announces it will be running a test flight of a crewed commercial space craft some time in July.
Trouble with implementing changes to the GI Bill have left lawmakers skeptical when it comes to new systems at the VA, but appeals modernization efforts are playing out far more smoothly, according to stakeholders.
In today’s Federal Newscast, the U.S. Postal Service’s Inspector General revealed the agency only saved $91 million in 2016 and 2017 after consolidating more than 200 facilities, well below it’s goal.
The Veterans Affairs Department once again needs congressional authority to transfer funds from one account to another to keep the Veterans Choice Program running for the rest of fiscal 2017. VA Secretary David Shulkin says the issue emphasizes the need to redesign the program, yet Congress has its concerns about the viability of Choice in the near and long term future.
Some members of Congress are encouraged by a new solution to overhaul the outdated and lengthy appeals process for veterans. Members of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs Committee introduced new legislation Tuesday that would create three paths for veterans to move more quickly through the appeals process. VA has roughly 470,000 claims pending as of April 1.
Top officials from the Department of Veterans Affairs will meet this week with leaders from several leading veterans’ service organizations, seeking common ground on a legislative proposal that would overhaul the appeals process for veterans’ compensation claims.
Under intense congressional and media pressure, VA has moved aggressively to eliminate its backlog of new claims for disability benefits. But veterans who appeal VA’s decisions are still waiting years, on average.