January 31, 2019

The VA Just Released A Key Piece of VA MISSION Act Standards

The Department of Veterans Affairs has released its proposed access standards for veterans to seek non-VA medical care through the VA MISSION Act. Under the Veterans Choice Program, which is being overhauled by provisions of the VA MISSION Act, veterans had to meet access requirements that were confusing and largely arbitrary. The new access standards… Read more »

January 28, 2019

This Week on the Hill: Shutdown Is Over … for Now

After 35 days, the partial government shutdown is finally over – at least for now. Furloughed federal employees are returning to work this week after the longest shutdown in history. President Donald Trump signed a stopgap spending bill over the weekend that funded eight cabinet departments and several agencies for three weeks. The bill didn’t… Read more »

January 22, 2019

This Week on the Hill: Government Shutdown Continues and VA Committee Gets New Members

It’s a short week on the Hill, but it’s longer than it was supposed to be. House of Representative district work was canceled to keep lawmakers in Washington as the partial government shutdown reaches its fifth week. On that front, not much has changed. Lawmakers are still unable to reach an agreement on border security… Read more »

January 16, 2019

Here’s the Plan: CVA’s 2019 Federal Legislative Agenda

There’s plenty of work to be done in Washington this year, work that effects veterans and civilians across the country. As the new Congress gets settled in, we’re making sure they prioritize veterans and the freedoms we fought to defend. Yesterday, Concerned Veterans for America released its 2019 federal legislative agenda, outlining our targets for… Read more »

January 14, 2019

This Week on the Hill: More of the Same

In case you haven’t heard, the government is shut down. Well, part of it at least. Today, the government starts day 24 of a partial shutdown, affecting multiple departments including Homeland Security, State and Treasury. House members have passed multiple appropriations bills by department to get some agencies in the government up and running, but… Read more »

January 10, 2019

So, the DoD Failed its Audit. Now What?

When the Department of Defense underwent its first-ever comprehensive audit, the goal was never to get a passing grade. It was clear before audit began that the department would fail, and longstanding financial issues would be disclosed to the public. So, now what? How can the DOD improve its chances of passing an audit the… Read more »

January 7, 2019

This Week on the Hill: Big Changes and Bigger Decisions

Welcome to 2019! We’re only a week into the new year, but there’s already plenty of activity in Washington to get the new Congress up and running. New members were sworn into office last week and are moving into new offices. The first order of business was to elect Rep. Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of… Read more »