Senior leaders at the Veterans Affairs Department say the bill that was supposed to help them hold agency senior executives more accountable isn’t working. Agency leaders are considering changes to the VA Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014 (Choice Act).
VA Secretary Bob McDonald and Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson are working with Congress on a proposal that would strip senior agency executives of their rights to appeal to the Merit Systems Protection Board when they face disciplinary action. But the proposal faces growing criticism from the Senior Executives Association and others.
The Veterans Affairs Department is asking for a 5 percent boost in across-the-board funding next fiscal year. But Congress is questioning whether new VA programs are doing enough to solve an array of tough problems at the department.
Here’s a breakdown of major agencies and the proposed funding amounts for fiscal 2017, which are included the President Obama’s $1.1 trillion budget.
President Barack Obama’s final State of the Union speech offered few details on new programs or initiatives for federal managers and contractors. But the President did announce a new public-private sector effort to find a cure for cancer, led by Vice President Joe Biden.
The Veterans Affairs Department is creating a data backbone that will house veterans’ addresses and correspondence in one system.
A new study says the Veterans Health Administration has the structure to be a great healthcare provider, but it needs changes to make the system work.
Taxpayers pay for two Veterans Affairs Departments, says Federal Drive host Tom Temin. There’s the good VA, which reduces its backlog of disability claims. The bad VA continues to struggle with management problems.
The departments of Veterans Affairs and Labor could use a long-established approach to making services for veterans easier to find if they’d only remember it’s there.
Exclusive: The Veterans Affairs Department Secretary’s idea to create “Veterans.gov” is so good, the Labor Department already did it.