By Carten Cordell: The legislation, known as the Veterans First Act, has sought to provide the VA secretary with more power to discipline and fire employees accused of wrongdoing after a series of high-profile cases seems to have hamstrung the agency.
By Patricia Kime: The nation’s largest veterans groups have lined up to oppose any expansion of the Veterans Affairs Choice program that would allow all veterans who are eligible for VA medical care to use it.
Leo Shane III and Patricia Kime: Senate leaders unveiled a massive veterans reform package Thursday that includes sweeping new accountability rules for Department of Veterans Affairs employees, a dramatic expansion of the veterans caregiver program, and promises of changing the agency to a more veteran-friendly culture. Read more here:
by Eric Pianin: A new report this week that growing numbers of veterans have been ruled ineligible for VA benefits, including mental health counseling, because they had been discharged from the service with a less than “general” rating.
WASHINGTON - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced it proposed disciplinary action against three Board of Veterans’ Appeals (Board) attorneys, and has filed a Complaint against two Board Veterans Law Judges. Accountability actions against the Board judges have been referred to the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB), which has direct jurisdiction over cases concerning administrative law judges.
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