There are a lot of reasons why the Department of Veterans Affairs is facing a backlog of hundreds of thousands of disability claims. But one big one is that most claims that come through the door involve a lot of manual paperwork. Each one turns into a research project as claims raters hunt for documentation across federal agencies. VA is now formally partnering with two large veterans groups, the American Legion and Disabled American Veterans, to help vets send in their claims with all the documentation they need in the first place, eliminating a lot of the back and forth.
John Roth director, Office of Criminal Investigations Food and Drug Administration
What happens when companies flout your agency’s regulations? You bring in the big guns. That’s true at the Food and Drug Administration. The in-house office of criminal investigations goes after those companies and individuals who break FDA rules and become public-health threats.
There’s a lot more to the office of the Architect of the Capitol than keeping an old pile of sandstone and marble in good shape. The architect is responsible for more than 17 million square feet of space. Less visible is how the office tracks its finances and shares them with the public. For that, the Architect has received a Certificate of Excellence in Accountability Reporting from the Chief Financial Officers Council and the Office of Management and Budget.
The Department of Health and Human Services has stepped into high gear to implement the Affordable Care Act, as several of the law’s deadlines approach. Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has been taking heat over the controversial law from both sides of the aisle.
We’ve all heard of the dreaded retirement tsunami expected to hit the federal government. But what if we told you it isn’t coming. Federal News Radio’s special report, Retirement Conundrum, examines these miscalculated retirement predictions.Jeff Neal, former chief human capital officer at the Homeland Security Department and senior vice president at ICF International, told Federal News Radio’s Jack Moore that people spend too much time looking at the number of federal employees eligible to retire.
Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) isn’t satisfied with the Homeland Security Department’s answers about why Richard Spires took leave and eventually resigned as the department’s CIO. Thompson once asked DHS for more specifics on the situation. In the latest edition of his biweekly feature, Inside the Reporter’s Notebook, Federal News Radio’s Executive Editor Jason Miller discusses this latest turn of events.
Tom Temin is the host of The Federal Drive, which airs from 6-10 a.m. on 1500 AM in the Washington, D.C. region and online everywhere. Tom has 30 years experience in journalism, mostly in technology markets. Before coming to Federal News Radio, he was a long-serving editor-in-chief of Government Computer News and Washington Technology magazines.