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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 »

February 1, 2017

North Carolina bill makes life easier for military families

A new bill introduced last week in the North Carolina General Assembly would ease the occupational licensing burdens on military families. If the bill passes, military members and their spouses would be allowed to practice their professions while transitioning to North Carolina licensure. The legislation provides military-trained individuals and their spouses a temporary practice permit… Read more »

January 31, 2017

Highly-decorated Navy SEAL KIA during raid

On January 28, during an intelligence-gathering raid on al-Qaida in Yemen, Chief Special Warfare Officer William “Ryan” Owens was killed in action. Owens enlisted in the Navy 18 years ago and had since distinguished himself as an elite warrior with multiple awards including three Bronze Stars. Although it hasn’t been confirmed, Owens is said to… Read more »

January 30, 2017

DoD to review problematic, costly F-35 program

Last week Secretary of Defense James Mattis announced that the F-35 strike fighter program will be reviewed. The program’s costs have reached “out of control” levels, but the Defense Department will make moves to “substantially reduce the program’s costs.” The need for a review of the F-35 program has emerged over the last several years,… Read more »

January 26, 2017

Senior Leadership in the Senate Starts Addressing Pentagon Waste

Congress may be considering a new round of Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) at the behest of Senate Armed Services Committee head, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ). He and ranking member Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI) are “seriously considering the issue” and plan to speak to Secretary Mattis on how to proceed. BRAC is not an issue… Read more »

January 26, 2017

“Candy Man” of Tomah VA no longer has medical license

Some justice was served at the Tomah, Wisconsin VA last week. A deal was reached between Dr. David “Candy Man” Houlihan and the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services over the over-prescribing of medication to veteran patients. In exchange for regulators dropping their investigation into his actions, the Candy Man will surrender his license to… Read more »