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VA Secretary: Let’s Reform Official Time

By on June 22, 2017 in Agency News, Human Resources with 0 Comments
VA Secretary: Let’s Reform Official Time

346 VA employees work full time on union activities. The VA Secretary says reforming use of official time by unions is necessary. This reform will likely take a long time.

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VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act Tackles the Issue of Firing Insufficient Workers Without Pitfalls

VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act Tackles the Issue of Firing Insufficient Workers Without Pitfalls

The VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act is expected to become law. These are some of the key changes impacting employee disciplinary procedures.

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Congress Passes VA Accountability Bill

By on June 13, 2017 in Agency News, Human Resources with 0 Comments
Congress Passes VA Accountability Bill

The VA Accountability Bill has passed Congress. It will change human resources processes for taking action against agency employees.

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How Can VA Services Be Improved? Ask Veterans What Needs Fixing

By on June 12, 2017 in Agency News with 0 Comments
How Can VA Services Be Improved? Ask Veterans What Needs Fixing

One Congressman wants to ask veterans what needs fixing at the VA to make needed reforms at the agency.

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No Perjury Prosecution Over Costly Denver VA Hospital

on June 10, 2017 in Agency News with 0 Comments
The Justice Department has declined to prosecute two Veterans Affairs Department executives after lawmakers accused them of misleading Congress about massive cost overruns at a Denver-area VA hospital.

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VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017 Passed By Senate

By on June 6, 2017 in Agency News, Human Resources with 0 Comments
VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017 Passed By Senate

The Senate has passed the Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act. The author provides a summary and analysis of the bill.

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Does the VA Accountability Bill Get Rid of the MSPB?

By on June 1, 2017 in Agency News with 0 Comments
Does the VA Accountability Bill Get Rid of the MSPB?

Congress is considering legislation to allow the VA secretary greater leeway in removing employees for performance reasons. Secretary David Shulkin provided a response to a direct question asking if the bill would mean elimination of the MSPB.

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Report: VA Facility Served Food Trays with Cockroaches to Patients

By on May 25, 2017 in Agency News with 0 Comments
Report: VA Facility Served Food Trays with Cockroaches to Patients

A VA Inspector General’s report substantiated claims that cockroaches were present in the kitchen facility at the Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital.

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How Large Agencies Fared Under the 2018 Budget Proposal

By on May 24, 2017 in Agency News with 0 Comments
How Large Agencies Fared Under the 2018 Budget Proposal

The 2018 budget proposal from the White House sets spending priorities for large federal agencies. Here is a summary for some key agencies.

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VA Bureaucracy Continues To Protect Bad Employees, Hurt U.S. Troops

on May 18, 2017 in Agency News with 0 Comments
The authors of legislation to reform the VA make their case by detailing recent problems within the agency that they say will be improved with passage of their bill.

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