Trump signs legislation that removes 15-year time limit on using GI benefits and increases aid for thousands serving in the National Guard and Reserve
This bill, the latest in a series of department-specific reforms, provides a good look at both the approach and the substance of reforms we should expect to see in the rest of the federal government.
VA’s Rory Cooper joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss his work as a leading figure in the development of better wheelchairs, sports equipment and other assistive gear for the federal workforce
The VA secretary is not merely angry at the MPSB’s recent request to reinstate Brian Hawkins, he’s determined to fire him
In today’s Federal Newscast, after firing the director of the Veterans Affairs Department’s D.C. Medical Center, the agency is forced to reinstate him while the case is being reviewed.
Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin said the agency is not privatizing, but additions to the Choice program will help create more comprehensive programs and partnerships to provide veterans with the best care.
The Veterans Affairs Department will expand its telehealth program, which already provided healthcare services to 700,000 veterans across the country.
In today’s Federal Newscast, the Senate passed a group of bills which will have an effect on the Veterans Affairs Department and veterans’ benefits.
The Veterans Affairs Department’s push to more easily fire employees charged with misconduct has found its latest target — the former director of the Washington, D.C. VA medical center.
Dr. David Shulkin inherited a Veterans Affairs Department only partway through a badly needed transformation. As secretary, he’s got a lot of tough constituents — Congress, a demanding president, veterans groups and veterans themselves. Shulkin discussed a number of pressing matters on Federal Drive with Tom Temin, starting with the consequences of new funding for the Veterans Choice program just approved by Congress. It extends veterans’ ability to obtain health care outside of the VA system. Just don’t call it privatization.
The House passed a last-minute bill Friday morning that will replenish the Veterans Choice Program with $2.1 billion in additional funds for the next six months. The additional Choice funds are crucial, as they buy lawmakers and the Veterans Affairs Department more time to redesign the program. But the legislation is also packed with new hiring flexibilities.
The Veterans Affairs Department managed to double its rate of processing claims for Gulf War Illness, completing more than 11,000 of them in a year. But that number doesn’t tell the whole story. Some denial letters were poorly written and claims staff often lacked training. Melissa Emrey-Arras, director of education, workforce and income security issues at the Government Accountability Office, shares the details on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
The House will vote this week on a bill that would replenish the Veterans Choice Fund with an additional $2 billion. But to offset the costs, VA would continue to collect housing loan fees and would trim pensions for some veterans living in nursing facilities that are covered under Medicaid.
Slew of bills helping the Veterans Affairs Department shows how much Congress can get done within a limited scope.
Restoring veterans’ trust and mending gaps between the department’s headquarters and its employees in the field are top priorities for Tom Bowman, the president’s nominee to be the deputy VA secretary.