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Former VA researcher raises ethics concerns

Dr. Steven Coughlin, who worked at the VA until December, said nearly 2,000 participants in a recent VA study of 60,000 tracking the health of veterans told researchers they had thought they would be better off dead. However, only a small percentage got a call back from a clinician.

Tags: Stephen Coughlin , Veterans Affairs , suicides ,

Wednesday - 03/13/2013, 08:19pm EDT

Members of Congress confident budget deal can be reached to avert shutdown

Congress missed the deadline to avert sequestration last week. And now a deadline to prevent a government shutdown at the end of the month is barreling toward lawmakers. But members of both chambers and from both sides of the aisle say they're confident they can work out a deal to keep the government running.The likely sticking point is how the the automatic budget cuts, known as sequestration, will continue to play out. House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) and Sen. Tom Coburn (R- Okla.) discuss the continuing resolution and sequestration on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Tags: Congress , Senate , budget , sequestration , Steny Hoyer , Tom Coburn , In Depth , Francis Rose

Thursday - 03/07/2013, 06:10pm EST
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House puts damper on USPS plan for 5-day delivery

The fiscal 2013 spending bill doesn't remove the requirement for the Postal Service to deliver first-class mail six days a week. Other provisions in the bill povide a boost in funding DHS cyber, DoD acquisition and VA IT spending.

Tags: Congress , budget , management , USPS , House Appropriations Committee , DHS , DoD , VA , cybersecurity

Thursday - 03/07/2013, 04:15pm EST

House spending bill prevents shutdown, extends pay freeze

The House has approved legislation to prevent a government shutdown at the end of the month, freeze federal pay for a third straight year and give the Defense Department some relief from a cash crunch caused by sequestration. The huge spending measure, which was passed on a 267-151 vote, would fund federal operations through September. It leaves in place automatic cuts of 5 percent to domestic agencies and 7.8 percent to the Pentagon ordered by President Barack Obama Friday night after months of battling Republicans over the budget.

Tags: budget , continuing resolution , pay freeze

Wednesday - 03/06/2013, 04:34pm EST

As sequestration cuts loom, unimplemented IG recommendations could save billions

Over the past few years, unimplemented agency inspector general recommendations that could potentially save the government billions of dollars have piled up. Now, with $85 billion in automatic budget cuts kicking in, lawmakers on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee are telling agencies there's no excuse for them to further delay implementing the cost-saving measures and best practices identified by their IGs.

Tags: Congress , oversight , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , sequestration , Darrell Issa , Kathleen Tighe , education , IG vacancies

Tuesday - 03/05/2013, 08:18pm EST

Joint Chiefs welcome House fiscal 2013 budget proposal

The lower chamber's bill would significantly soften the blow against DoD and potentially eliminate current plans such as civilian furloughs because of the automatic budget cuts. The remainder of the government would remain under both sequestration and a full-year continuing resolution.

Tags: DoD , sequestration , Congress , continuing resolution , Ray Odierno , Jonathan Greenert , Mark Welsh , James Amos , Jared Serbu , House Appropriations Committee , Veterans Affairs

Wednesday - 03/06/2013, 06:36am EST
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House budget plan includes fed pay freeze extension

House Republicans unveiled a stopgap government funding measure Monday. The measure would extend the federal pay freeze and leave in place automatic sequestration cuts but would award the Defense and Veterans Affairs departments their detailed 2013 budgets while other agencies would be frozen at 2012 levels -- and then bear the across-the-board cuts. The current continuing resolution expires March 27.

Tags: budget , sequestration , pay freeze , DoD , Veterans Affairs , House Appropriations Committee , Hal Rogers , President Barack Obama

Tuesday - 03/05/2013, 05:51am EST

House committee worried DoD, VA 'moving the goal posts' on e-health records

A House Veterans Affairs Committee hearing on the decision by the Defense and Veterans Affairs Departments to scale back plans for a joint integrated electronic-health records systems dredged up longstanding issues with the two departments' EHR efforts.

Tags: EHR , Roger Baker , health IT , technology , Congress , iEHR , Jeff Miller , Elizabeth McGrath

Wednesday - 02/27/2013, 04:47pm EST
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