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Disability claims backlog, EHR efforts top VA nominee's priorities

At his nomination hearing before a Senate committee Tuesday, President Barack Obama's pick to serve in the Veterans Affairs Department's No. 2 management slot pledged to tackle a host of challenges plaguing the department. Sloan Gibson, the president and CEO of the nonprofit USO, told members of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee if confirmed to be the VA's deputy director he would tackle the longstanding backlog of disability claims and will work to find common ground with the Defense Department on a new strategy for a joint electronic-health records system. The committee also considered the nominations of Linda Schwartz to be the assistant VA secretary for policy and planning and Constance Tobias to serve as the chair of VA's Board of Veterans' Appeals.

Tags: VA , Sloan Gibson , management , Congress , Bernie Sanders , Linda Schwartz , Constance Tobias

Wednesday - 11/06/2013, 03:22pm EST

Senate looks to shore up voting protections for overseas feds

Despite recent reforms, senators see holes in voting protections for military members and feds serving overseas. A new bill would add new requirements for both DoD and local election officials.

Tags: Congress , DoD , Federal Voting Assistance Program , John Cornyn , Kevin Kennedy , Matt Boehmer , management , Jared Serbu

Friday - 01/31/2014, 03:50am EST
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Senate to take up major overhaul of VA benefits

Sen. Bernie Sanders introduced the measure that includes dozens of provisions that expand benefits and hiring programs and grants advance appropriations to most of the Veterans Affairs' accounts. Senate Veterans Affairs chairman suggested paying for the changes by reducing DoD's wartime budget.

Tags: Congress , pay and benefits , Department of Veterans Affairs , veterans benefits , Bernie Sanders , GI Bill , Senate Veterans Affairs Committee , Jared Serbu

Thursday - 01/23/2014, 04:30am EST
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Senate bill would give GPO new name

New bipartisan legislation is aiming to rebrand the 153-year-old Government Printing Office. But that doesn't mean you'll stop seeing the GPO initials stamped on government documents any time soon. The bill, introduced by Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) last week, would retain GPO's familiar initials, but change the official name of the agency to the Government Publishing Office.

Tags: Congress , GPO , Davita Vance-Cooks , Amy Klobuchar , Saxby Chambliss

Wednesday - 01/22/2014, 10:35am EST

Obama signs $1.1 trillion government spending bill

President Barack Obama on Friday signed a $1.1 trillion spending bill that funds the federal government through the end of September. Obama put his signature on the 1,582-page measure the day before federal funding was set to run out. The measure calls for less spending than Obama had proposed but more than Republicans sought. However, lawmakers of both parties were determined to avoid a repeat of the political showdown that caused the government shutdown.

Tags: Barack Obama , Congress , House , budget

Sunday - 01/19/2014, 11:10pm EST

2014 funding: Agency-by-agency breakdown of spending bill

With the unveiling of the bipartisan spending bill this week, federal agencies are getting a clearer picture of how much funding they'll get for the rest of the fiscal year. Track which agencies will see sizable increases or which will be getting the short end of the stick.

Tags: Congress , House , budget , 2014 appropriations , sequestration

Thursday - 01/16/2014, 09:34am EST

Senate approaches final OK of $1.1T spending bill

Tags: Congress , budget

Thursday - 01/16/2014, 07:20pm EST

Which lawmakers are fed-friendly on Capitol Hill?

Federally Employed Women released its annual Voting Record Scorecard. Now, federal employees can see which lawmakers are supporting legislation that helps them.

Tags: Congress , House , Janet Kopenhaver , FEW , In Depth , Francis Rose

Thursday - 01/16/2014, 03:00pm EST
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