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Friday federal headlines - March 14, 2014
Friday - 3/14/2014, 8:42am EDT
- Problems in the nation's nuclear missile ranks are more widespread than the Air Force has been letting on.
The AP obtained documents showing bad morale and possible test cheating at Minot Air Force
Base, N.D. The issues echo those already disclosed at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana.
Nuclear missileers at Minot received failing grades on technical proficiency tests. But because
support staff got high ratings, the unit received a marginal rating overall. That's the equivalent of
a D. An internal Air Force investigation shows repeated testing itself hurt morale. Some tests were
administered without supervision. (Associated Press)
- When the Defense Department seeks a vendor for its next generation electronic health record, the
Veterans Affairs Department will be one of the bidders. NextGov reports, VA plans to enter the
competition with its own EHR. Secretary Eric Shinseki tells Congress, a new version will be as good
as any commercial product out there. It'll be based on VA's Veterans Health Information Systems
and Technology Architecture and called Vista Evolution. Shinseki tells the Armed Service
Committee, if DoD picks a commercial product, then VA would consider adopting that. The two
departments have failed to come to a unified health record after years of trying. (NextGov)
- A civilian defense contractor will plead guilty of giving military secrets to his Chinese girlfriend. Benjamin
Bishop worked at U.S. Pacific Command in Hawaii until he was arrested a year ago. His lawyer says
he'll admit to sending the girlfriend classified documents describing the U.S. strategy towards
China. An FBI affidavit says Bishop also disclosed plans for nuclear weapons and missile defense.
Bishop is 59, his girlfriend 27. He says he shared the secrets for love, not espionage.
- Petroleum giant BP is back in business as a federal
contractor. Under an agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency, more then two dozen
BP business units are free to compete for federal business. The company had been suspended
since November 2012. That's after it pleaded guilty to criminal charges connected with the 2010
gulf oil spill. Eleven oil rig workers died when a BP rig exploded into flames. The company is a
major fuel supplier to the Defense Department. It also regains the right to lease offshore oil fields.
- The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is still squabbling over a hearing
last week. GovExec reports, ranking member Elijah Cummings says actions by chairman Darrell
Issa have compromised the committee's ability to hold a former IRS official in contempt of Congress. At the end
of the hearing, Cummings wanted to make a statement, but Issa had his microphone shut off. Lois
Lerner, former head of the IRS tax exempt unit, had just pleaded the fifth rather than testifying.
Members believe Lerner holds the key to how the IRS came to discriminate against conservative
groups seeking tax exempt status. (GovExec)