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VA defends 'outlandish' performance rating, bonus systems

Despite reports of delayed patient treatments, falsified records and preventable veteran deaths, the Department of Veterans Affairs said all of its 470 senior executives have been rated "successful" over the past four fiscal years. The ratings have sparked outrage among members of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs, whose chairman called the performance rating and bonus system at the VA "outlandish."

Tags: House , Veterans Affairs , Gina Farrisee , Jeff Miller , bonus , Shefali Kapadia

Friday - 06/20/2014, 03:07pm EDT

Paul Bremer, Former Ambassador to Iraq

Maybe the United States was never really finished in Iraq. Regardless, events of the past two weeks have returned that nation to a front and center position for Congress and the administration. Paul Bremer was U.S. Presidential envoy to Iraq in 2003 and 2004. A career diplomat, he was thrust into the spotlight as temporary head of the Iraqi government after the fall of Saddam Hussein. Most of the questions this week have been about military options now that the government is under threat. Bremer joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss how this situation affects the State Department both here and in Baghdad.

Tags: Paul Bremer , Iraq , State Department , ambassador , Federal Drive

Friday - 06/20/2014, 01:27am EDT
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VanRoekel not confident IT reform bill would be effective

Federal Chief Information Officer Steve VanRoekel says good management policies should be enough to improve how agencies buy, operate and deliver technology.

Tags: Steven VanRoekel , technology , management , OMB , PortfolioStat , Smarter IT Delivery Agenda , FITARA , IT reform , Jason Miller , Ask the CIO , exclusive

Tuesday - 06/17/2014, 06:09pm EDT
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Vice Adm. Norb Ryan, Military Officer's Association of America

Last week, the Senate voted overwhelmingly to approve legislation designed to help solve long wait times at VA medical facilities. The longer-term fixes included more funding to hire health care providers and lease more VA operated facilities. For the shorter term, the McCain-Sanders bill also expands VA's authority to send its patients to outside providers -- including private clinics, but also facilities run by other agencies, including the Indian Health Service and the Defense Department. Retired Vice Adm. Norb Ryan is the president of the Military Officer's Association of America. He spoke with Jared Serbu on In Depth about the plusses -- and as MOAA sees it -- some of the minuses of the bill.

Tags: Norb Ryan , VA , In Depth

Wednesday - 06/18/2014, 03:29pm EDT
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Expert says budget, employee reductions force agencies to rethink mission goals

With an employment drop over the past year, agencies must adopt a "less with less" mentality, according Bob Tobias, director of Key Executive Leadership Programs at American University. He says executives must be honest with Congress about their limited capabilities.

Tags: IRS , GAO , budget , workforce , management , Bob Tobias , John Koskinen , Stephanie Wasko

Monday - 06/16/2014, 05:46pm EDT
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White House opposes House's $570B defense bill

The Obama administration said Tuesday that the bill would hamper efforts to reduce unneeded expenses and match the military to the president's defense strategy. The bill blocks another round of military base closings and spares some aircraft.

Tags: White House , House , DoD , budget

Tuesday - 06/17/2014, 06:48pm EDT

Lawmakers: IRS lost more emails in tea party probe

On Tuesday, two key lawmakers said the IRS has also lost emails from six additional IRS workers whose computers crashed. Among them was Nikole Flax, who was chief of staff to Lerner's boss, then-deputy commissioner Steven Miller.

Tags: IRS , Lois Lerner , Dave Camp , Charles Boustany , Sander Levin

Wednesday - 06/18/2014, 03:04am EDT

Gridlock: And the winner is you?

The mid-term elections are upon us, and some people are complaining about political fatigue and gridlock. But for federal and postal workers and retirees these may be the good old days, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: Mike Causey , Federal Report , workforce , House , Senate

Tuesday - 06/17/2014, 02:00am EDT

White House: IRS made good-faith effort on e-mails

Facing a furor from angry Republican lawmakers, the White House said Monday that the Internal Revenue Service engaged in a good faith effort to find lost emails from an IRS official whose division processed applications for tax-exempt status by politically oriented groups.

Tags: oversight , White House , IRS ,

Monday - 06/16/2014, 06:08pm EDT

David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

Both chambers of Congress are back at work. One of the focal points of concentration this week will be agency appropriations bills. David Hawkings is Senior Editor at Roll Call. He told Francis Rose on In Depth the pressure to make progress on spending bills is coming from the calendar.

Tags: David Hawkings , Roll Call , In Depth

Monday - 06/16/2014, 03:56pm EDT
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