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James Tuchschmidt, Veterans Affairs Department

The Veterans Affairs Department has reduced wait times for tens of thousands of veterans seeking health care. Part of the progress comes from the congressionally-mandated Veterans Choice program. It requires the VA to issue choice cards to vets so they can seek medical care from private providers with VA footing the bill. VA issued the first batch of cards this month. James Tuchschmidt, acting principal deputy undersecretary for health at the VA, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the rollout and the program.

Tags: Veterans Affairs , Veterans Choice , James Tuchschmidt , healthcare , VA hospitals

Tuesday - 11/18/2014, 09:30am EST
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Postal Service remains financially 'at-risk,' says GAO report

The USPS' ability to carry our its duties and remain financially self-sustaining continues to be at risk, according to a recently released GAO performance audit. Conducted over the past year, GAO's report found that the agency is projecting "unsustainable" losses through 2020.

Tags: USPS , GAO , workforce , workforce cuts , Darrell Issa , Committee on Oversight and Government Reform , POSTPlan , management , retirement , retirement benefits , pay and benefits

Friday - 11/14/2014, 03:39pm EST

Congress passes bills to reduce duplicative reports, improve access to public records

Wednesday was a productive day for Congress as the House sent two bills to President Barack Obama and a pair of critical DHS nominees head to the Senate floor.

Tags: Senate , House , duplicative reports , Darrell Issa , Mark Warner , Kelly Ayotte , Elijah Cummings , Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs , Tom Carper , Russell Deyo , DHS , public records , Sarah Saldana , Elise Garofalo

Thursday - 11/13/2014, 01:16pm EST

GAO: Agencies not using performance data to decide policy, budget changes

In its new report, the Government Accountability Office found that agency managers aren't using performance data to objectively determine the success of programs before making changes to their policies or budget.

Tags: GAO , Government Performance and Results Act , performance data , Tom Carper , Tom Coburn , Elijah Cummings , oversight , House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform , jory heckman

Friday - 11/14/2014, 11:15am EST

Emily Kopp, Reporter, Federal News Radio

Speculation about how Republicans will run Capitol Hill in the next Congress is fairly consuming Washington these days. But the lame-duck Congress returning to Washington today has got to tackle big challenges of its own. So what is on Congress' to-do list? Federal News Radio's Emily Kopp joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with some answers.

Tags: Emily Kopp , pay and benefits , budget , Tom Temin , Federal Drive

Wednesday - 11/12/2014, 07:59am EST
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Government funding tops list for lame-duck Congress

While there's much speculation about how Republicans will run Capitol Hill in the next Congress, the lame-duck one that returns to Washington today must tackle big challenges of its own. With a continuing resolution set to expire in mid-December, agency budgets hang in the balance.

Tags: continuing resolution , National Defense Authorization Act , Federal Managers Association , Senior Executives Association , appropriations , Emily Kopp

Wednesday - 11/12/2014, 06:00am EST

Jessica Klement, Legislative Director, NARFE

The 113th Congress is on pace to be one of the least productive in history, according to the Pew Research Center. When Republicans take over the Senate in January, they'll deal with President Barack Obama entering his lame duck years. Jessica Klement is Legislative Director of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she shared legislation that helps federal employees she'll try to push through the political standoff.

Tags: Jessica Klement , NARFE , Pew Research Center , In Depth

Tuesday - 11/11/2014, 04:25pm EST
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The man who can see into the future

To predict the future, sometimes you have to alter the past. That's one of the lessons Mike Causey learned in a recent column about the mid-term elections.

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Monday - 11/10/2014, 02:00am EST

Agencies should expect more aggressive oversight by GOP-controlled Congress

Experts from both sides of the aisle expect the Senate and House to coordinate investigations and hearings on executive branch programs. The budget and the confirmation processes also will become more difficult.

Tags: oversight , Senate Homeland and Governmental Affairs Committee , Ron Johnson , House Oversight and Government Reform Commitee , Jason Chaffetz , Mike Turner , David Marin , The Podesta Group , Tevi Troy , Seth Harris , AFGE , J. David Cox , 2014 election , Jason Miller

Thursday - 11/06/2014, 04:49am EST
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