Senators asked VA for a response to foreign information operations targeting veterans as the House held its first hearing on the issue.
In today’s Federal Newscast, Reps. Don Beyer (D-VA) and Ted Lieu (D-CA) updated their whistleblower guide, describing how federal employees in specific agencies can safely share information with inspectors general and the press.
The Pentagon has already implemented changes to its Servicemembers Civil Relief Act website, including by requiring users to sign up for accounts before they can request data.
A two-year investigation by Vietnam Veterans of America concluded foreign online trolls are systematically targeting US service members and veterans.
In today’s Federal Newscast, Attorney General Jeff Sessions is forming a Cyber-Digital Task Force to make recommendations on policy and process changes across the Justice Department.
The Pentagon says it will consider upgrading discharges to Vietnam-era veterans who received other than honorable discharges, and can show proof of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Proving their cases could get tricky though. PTSD wasn’t an official medical diagnosis until the 1980s and many records have been destroyed. But the Pentagon has promised liberal consideration. The guidance comes after a lawsuit earlier this year from a group of veterans who claim their applications for discharge upgrade were wrongfully denied. Tom Berger is executive director of the Veterans Health Council at the Vietnam Veterans of America. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the new the effort.
Vietnam Veterans of America alleges the Veterans Affairs Department’s service-disabled veteran-owned business set aside program is keeping legitimately qualified companies from competing for VA contracts. The group advocates loosening a rule that requires service-disabled veterans maintain unconditional control of all business decisions.