In today’s Federal Newscast, several DC area members of Congress want to know if it’s realistic for federal employees to expect more money in their next paycheck on March 15.
The U.S. Coast Guard Academy says its ability to serve cadets returning from winter break will be affected by the forced furlough of administrative staff and other nonessential civilians as part of the partial government shutdown
The Department of Veterans Affairs has six months to consolidate disparate community care programs into one, revamped veterans choice program. But lawmakers are concerned VA won’t successfully meet its deadlines amid a “constant churn” of agency leadership.
Senate Veterans Affairs Ranking Member Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and three other senators are asking the VA inspector general to review the department’s implementation of the VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act.
The Pentagon says it’s seen progress since the department’s independent testing office found the military’s electronic health record system is not “operationally suitable.”
The Veterans Affairs Department says it’s also eliminated 235 expired directives and 85 percent of outdated manuals in effort to cut red tape.
Senators grilled President Donald Trump’s nominee for Secretary of the Air Force on Thursday over $450,000 in alleged improper payments her private consulting firm collected from Energy Department laboratories, but their questions and Heather Wilson’s answers did little to shed little additional light on the matter.
Linda McMahon, President Donald Trump’s pick for Small Business Administration leader, received bipartisan support during her confirmation hearing. McMahon promised to be an advocate for small businesses struggling to work with government agencies.
The Senate had a busy weekend, passing five major pieces of legislation that will impact veterans, inspectors general, FBI whistleblowers and others before the close of the 114th Congress.
A new omnibus veterans package cleared the House Tuesday afternoon, but it doesn’t address three controversial issues that both veterans affairs committees and the VA Secretary himself have spent the past year debating. That leaves a fix for the outdated veterans appeals process, an alternative or solution to the Veterans Choice Program and new accountability procedures to the 115th Congress and next administration.