If the 114th Congress was about dissecting the Veterans Affairs Department’s challenges, then the 115th Congress will act quickly to solve them, leadership on the House Veterans Affairs Committee said.
Amid reports that the White House is planning budget cuts at the Coast Guard, Transportation Security Administration and Federal Emergency Management Agency to pay for the President’s border security and immigration policies, some senators are worried the Homeland Security Department will forget the lessons it’s learned about risk-based management. They asked Elaine Duke, the nominee to be the DHS deputy secretary, about her approach to future budgetary decisions.
Top military service officials President Trump’s federal hiring freeze is causing problems for those in the military.
The House Small Business Committee says it will be focusing this fiscal year on program oversight, improved management, and reducing duplicative efforts.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions has agreed to recuse himself from an investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election
Discharge Review Boards rarely grant veterans personal testimony and are having trouble providing video conferences.
Former senator Dan Coats, the nominee to be the next Director of National Intelligence, told the Senate Intelligence Committee the agency’s mission grew over the last 12 years, and he wants to find ways to improve how the entire intelligence community works.
Congress wants more from the Trump’s defense budget after hearing about military expansion for months.
The House Homeland Security Committee and the House and Senate intelligence committees are going to prioritize oversight of how agencies hire and train their workforces to deal with cybersecurity.
Both the Government Accountability Office and the department’s inspector general say leadership at the Veterans Affairs Department is committed to removing VA health care from GAO’s High-Risk List. But they’ve seen little concrete action beyond VA’s promises of commitment.
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.
Problems transferring licenses from military to civilian world or from one state to another are starting to get attention in Congress.
The Homeland Security Department is making steps toward a “Unity of Effort” but first leadership must address a wide range of management concerns like IT, financial systems and human capital.
A recent Government Accountability Office report on the Veterans Affairs Department and its employees’ use of official time is renewing a debate among lawmakers: Does official time have a place within agency operations, and how much time is too much?
The Government Accountability Office added three new areas to its biennial High-Risk list this year. It also removed one government initiative from the list. The 2020 Census is a new concern for GAO, which said the bureau’s technology plans, budget and timeline are at risk.