In today’s Federal Newscast, NASA announces it will be running a test flight of a crewed commercial space craft some time in July.
The Veterans Benefits Administration announced plans to reset its implementation of portions of the Forever GI Act, but the approach sparked confusion from some lawmakers.
The Veterans Benefits Administration is reverting to previous performance management guidelines, which the American Federation of Government Employees says it too “chaotic.”
The Veterans Affairs Department says it’s also eliminated 235 expired directives and 85 percent of outdated manuals in effort to cut red tape.
In today’s Federal Newscast, President Donald Trump presided over the signing of the “One Federal Decision” memorandum of understanding, in which seven of his cabinet secretaries took part.
In today’s Federal Newscast, three lawmakers want legislation to overturn a 2013 court decision which prevents some defense department employees from appealing to the Merit Systems Protection Board.
Employees say the Veterans Affairs Department’s interpretation of the Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act doesn’t give them enough time to improve performance.
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.
In the aftermath of the federal hiring freeze, the Veterans Affairs Department says hiring managers are free to fill most positions. But there are still thousands of exceptions requiring approval from senior VA officials.
The Veterans Benefits Administration sees progress with the National Work Queue, the automatic workload system that assigns a veteran’s claim to the regional office that has the most capacity to immediately begin work. But Congress is concerned the NW Queue creates unnecessary confusion and can’t address the growing backlog of veterans claims.