Patty Murray

  • Faster VA-DoD disability evaluations still far off

    Leaders in the Defense and Veterans Affairs departments say a new system that will let them jointly evaluate the disabilities of wounded servicemembers is a vast improvement over old procedures, but it will take another year or two before they can meet their goal of evaluating disabilities within 300 days.

  • House bill to strengthen vet job training

    A bill introduced this week in the House would improve training for veterans and change hiring practices to favor veterans.

  • Sen. Murray: hiring veteran heroes necessary, smart

    Unemployment by returning members of the military is too high. Senator Patty Murray is moving to change that.

  • Senators fight DoD hiring freeze

    Democratic Senators, led by Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), say Panetta’s plan breaks the law.

  • Cuts to federal pay may hurt public services, CBO warns supercommittee

    A rare public hearing of the supercommittee suggests members aren’t close to developing a plan to cut more than $1 trillion from the federal deficit over 10 years. Congressional Budget Office Director Doug Elmendorf warned them that cuts to discretionary funding, including feds’ pay, would not solve the problem.

  • Senators call for probe into veteran-owned contracting

    Three senators are calling for a Government Accountability Office investigation to ensure federal contracts are actually going to businesses owned by veterans and service-disabled vets.

  • Bill demanding details on sequestration heads to President’s desk

    Legislation forcing the White House to explain how the across-the-board budget cuts known as sequestration will affect individual agencies is now waiting for President Barack Obama’s signature. The Senate unanimously approved the Sequestration Transparency Act of 2012 Wednesday, which requires the administration to detail within 30 days how the $1.2 trillion over 10 years in automatic cuts will be applied. The House passed its version of the bill last week in a 414-2 vote.

  • Army seeks better mental health coordination

    Army leadership is looking to improve coordination among its mental health programs and other soldier-resilience efforts, acknowledging Monday that a patchwork system of tools is often confusing for both commanders and soldiers.

  • Army promises improvements in evaluation of soldiers with PTSD

    Internal review finds no systemic issues with regard to the misdiagnosis of post-traumatic stress among soldiers, but it makes dozens of recommendations for improving the disability evaluation system.

  • 2014 budget battle lines drawn around federal pay, benefits

    When it comes to the federal workforce, the competing House and Senate budget plans differ greatly in tone and style. But when it comes to making the federal government run more efficiently and finding cost-savings in federal operations, the two plans are more alike than you might think.