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Hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp bring you the latest news affecting the federal community each weekday morning, featuring interviews with top government executives and contractors. Listen live from 6 to 9 a.m. or download archived interviews below.
Monday federal headlines - June 2, 2014
Monday - 6/2/2014, 8:00am EDT
- Today is Sloan Gibson's first full day at the helm of the Veterans Affairs
Department, the government's largest civilian agency. Gibson is the acting
secretary until the Senate confirms a permanent replacement for Eric Shinseki.
Gibson came to the VA in February from the United Services Organizations. He now
has to fix an entrenched problem at the department. Last week, the inspector
general confirmed that 1,700 veterans were victims of a scheme to hide long wait
times at the Phoenix VA hospital. But that's just the most recent of 19 similar reports issued since 2005.
(Veterans Affairs/Associated Press)
- The VA waiting list scandal sparked at least one new piece of legislation.
Senate Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders promises a new version
of a VA reform bill this week. Sanders' bill
would let veterans obtain health care outside of the VA system if they face long
waits. It authorizes emergency funding for VA to hire more doctors and nurses. It
would give VA leadership more flexibility to fire people, but not as much as in a
House bill that died in the Senate. An earlier version of Sanders' bill failed to
pass the Senate in February. (Associated Press)
- The Obama administration wants to cut carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by
30 percent. The EPA plans to roll out proposed rules today. The Wall Street
Journal first reported the plan. It would give the industry until 2030 to reach
the goal, and it would give states flexibility on how to carry out the mandate.
EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy will announce the proposed rules. They are likely
to spark sharp debate on Capitol Hill and in energy-producing states.
- The Federal Acquisition Regulation Council imposes retroactive pay caps on all companies working on Defense
Department, Coast Guard and NASA contracts. Under the new rule, the government
will reimburse vendors up to $487,000 per employee. That goes for all employees,
including highly-paid scientists and engineers. Previously, only a company's five
highest-paid executives were subject to the cap. The limit applies to all
compensation costs incurred on government contracts that were signed after Dec.
31, 2011. Alan Chvotkin of the Professional Services Council calls the retroactive
measure "simply unacceptable." (Federal News Radio)
- Service members in nine countries have lost imminent danger pay. The Defense Department yesterday
stopped paying the extra compensation to those serving in Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman,
Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.
The new policy also means that from now on, those deployed to those areas no
longer get Rest and Recuperation. Air Force Col. Ron Dougherty oversees personnel
issues for Air Forces Central Command. In a statement, he says the region has
stabilized. Several of the locations now let service members bring their families
with them. The policy only applies to service members who begin their tours after
June 1. (Air Force)
- The Pentagon has put on hold a plan to let certain
illegal immigrants enlist. The White House asked for the delay. The New York Times
reports, that's because President Obama wants to avoid conflict with House
Republicans considering whether to move ahead with an immigration reform bill.
Earlier, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said the limited number of people the
military would let join would receive a way to become citizens. Some Senate
Democrats criticized Hagel's plan because it didn't allow enough undocumented
people to enlist. (New York Times)
- The Energy Department says it could take 2 years to seal off its underground
nuclear waste dump in New Mexico. In
a filing, it says it needs at least 100 work weeks. The Waste Isolation Pilot
Project contains toxic waste left over from decades of building nuclear bombs at
Los Alamos National Lab. A radiation leak shut the plant down in February. The
Energy Department also now says Los Alamos won't be able to meet a deadline for
removing all of its barrels of nuclear waste off of its New Mexico campus before
wildfire season peaks later this month. It blames the delay on the plant's
closure. (Associated Press)