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Yevgeniy Feyman, Fellow, The Manhattan Institute

The House and Senate have both passed bills to shore up the Veterans Affairs Department. Now they are in conference to reconcile. The final bill would give veterans more opportunities to seek care outside of VA hospitals, while beefing up the VA's own medical staff. The Congressional Budget Office has scored the VA bill and estimates the expense of the additional care would be about $50 billion. Yevgeniy Feyman, fellow at the Manhattan Institute, joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss whether all the money will help.

Tags: Yevgeniy Feyman , Veterans Affairs , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp

Friday - 06/13/2014, 10:46am EDT
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Did dangerous political climate change start this week?

Does an upset in a political primary in Richmond, Virginia, mean permanent political gridlock in Washington? According to some pros, everything changed last Tuesday, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: House , Eric Cantor , Mike Causey , federal report

Friday - 06/13/2014, 02:00am EDT

Senate backs bill to improve health care for vets

The Senate acted Wednesday to help thousands of military veterans enduring long wait times for VA medical care, as the FBI revealed it has opened a criminal investigation into a Veterans Affairs Department reeling from allegations of falsified records and inappropriate scheduling practices.

Tags: Senate , Veterans Affairs

Thursday - 06/12/2014, 03:20am EDT

DHS cancels $6 billon program to detect bioweapons, with no Plan B

After six years, the Department of Homeland Security decided in April to abandon its strategy to upgrade biological weapon detection equipment in large U.S. cities. But there is no backup plan so far, and the current system won't last much longer. To date, DHS says it has actually expended only $61 million on Biowatch 3, and officials told the House Homeland Security Committee on Tuesday that they are moving quickly to come up with a new acquisition plan.

Tags: DHS , BioWatch , GAO , Chris Currie , Reginald Brothers , Deena Disraelly , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 06/11/2014, 04:36am EDT
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Martin Matishak, Staff Writer, The Hill Newspaper

Leaders of both the House and Senate pledge to move quickly on legislation to help the Veterans Affairs Department treat the more than 100,000 vets who are either waiting months for medical appointments or have been unable to see a doctor. At a House hearing late last night, a top VA official apologized for the delays, calling them indefensible. Martin Matishak, staff writer at The Hill, joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss prospects for legislation and VA's future.

Tags: Martin Matishak , The Hill , Veterans Affairs , Federal Drive , Emily Kopp

Tuesday - 06/10/2014, 09:34am EDT
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The Vacation Kings return

Congress is back at work, after its most recent vacation, and members are filled with righteous indignation. Fortunately for federal workers, it isn't directed at their pay, benefits or retirement package, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: Mike Causey , federal report , workforce

Tuesday - 06/10/2014, 02:00am EDT

Legislative roundtable

Jenny Mattingley hosts a roundtable discussion of legislation on Capitol Hill that impacts federal workers.
June 6, 2014

Tags: workforce , performance , pay for performance , federal pay raise , Jason Briefel , Professional Managers Association , Greg Stanford , Federal Managers Association , Jessica Klement , NARFE , Shaw Bransford and Roth , Jenny Mattingley , Fed Talk

Friday - 06/06/2014, 03:57pm EDT
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Dunford, Carter ascend to new leadership roles in Navy Department

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced Gen. Joe Dunford is the new Marine Corps commandant nominee, and Rear Adm. Walter Carter Jr. has been nominated to lead the U.S. Naval Academy.

Tags: people , management , Chuck Hagel , Joe Dunford , Walter Carter , Navy , Marines Corps , U.S. Naval Academy , DoD , Stephanie Wasko

Friday - 06/06/2014, 01:20pm EDT
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