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February 17, 2017

Happy Birthday to the Coast Guard Reserve

On Sunday, the United States Coast Guard Reserve turns 76 years old. The Coast Guard Reserve draws its history from the much older Coast Guard, who will turn 227 later this year. The first Congress originally authorized the Revenue Marine to “enforce federal tariff and trade laws and to prevent smuggling” as part of the… Read more »

February 17, 2017

Recent GAO report finds DOD finances in disarray

According to a report released by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) this month, measures to make the Department of Defense (DOD) audit-ready are not going smoothly. Government Executive reported that many hoped 2017 would remain “the target year for achieving clean internal books”, but according to this report the Pentagon won’t soon have auditable books… Read more »

February 16, 2017

#VAFail – Improper payments of burial benefits go to veterans who are still living

The Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General (OIG) released a report last week finding that during a six-month period, the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) improperly authorized 28% of its automated payments. These improper payments “included payments to spouses who were no on veterans’ records at the date of death or who were deceased, multiple payments,… Read more »

February 15, 2017

#VAFail – GAO Finds VA Employees Spent Millions of Hours on Union Work Instead of Actual Jobs

If you showed up to work and spent all your time doing something other than your daily duties, you’d expect to get fired, right?  Not at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). A new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) reveals that employees at the VA have spent more than a million hours on… Read more »

February 8, 2017

CVA’s VP of Policy talks VA reform with Doc Thompson

Dan Caldwell, vice president of policy at Concerned Veterans for America, joined Doc Thompson on Monday morning to discuss VA reform, including #FixTheVA and #Hire10000Veterans. Caldwell shared CVA’s hopes for reform under Dr. David Shulkin, President Trump’s nominee for VA Secretary. CVA is pushing for greater transparency, accountability, and choice at the VA. “If you… Read more »

February 3, 2017

HVAC Chairman: Money isn’t solving problems at the VA

Each year, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) asks Congress to approve a larger budget. Congress obliges, but the quality of care at many VA facilities does not improve. The new chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee (HVAC), Representative Phil Roe, wants the VA to use funding more efficiently. “I think we have the… Read more »

February 2, 2017

#VAFail – Oversight blunders result in an insufficient IT program that cost millions

In an attempt to update the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) information technology (IT) programs, a lack of management and oversight have ended up costing the VA millions of dollars and the program was not the return on investment that was expected. VA’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) found that Enterprise Operations, which is part… Read more »