By Mark Flatten | 10/25/13 07:29 PM
Lavish spending at a pair of training conferences put on by the Department of Veterans Affairs in 2011 will be investigated at a hearing Wednesday by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. The conferences in Orlando cost taxpayers about $6.1 million, as much as $762,000 of...
By Mark Flatten | 10/24/13 07:35 PM
Improper care in the emergency room led to three patient deaths at the Department of Veterans Affairs hospital in Memphis last year, part of a growing pattern of preventable deaths at agency hospitals nationwide. The latest report from the VA's Inspector General found one of the patients was...
By Mark Flatten | 10/24/13 08:15 AM
Federal agencies hide the names of employees they pay to work full-time for labor unions by claiming their right to privacy trumps taxpayers' right to know how the government spends their money.
By Mark Flatten | 10/23/13 01:29 PM
Even as Washington gets heat for snooping on ordinary Americans and warning them that they "have no reasonable expectation of privacy" on Healthcare.gov, federal officials are increasingly using the “personal privacy” exemption in the law to shield their employees from scrutiny, according to...
By Mark Flatten | 10/15/13 06:30 PM
A high-dollar television advertising campaign funded by the Department of Veterans Affairs has run in at least 20 top media markets at a cost of more than $5 million, according to the chairman of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs.
By Mark Flatten | 10/09/13 05:55 PM
Payments to 3.8 million disabled veterans will cease Nov. 1 unless the impasse over federal spending is broken, Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki told a House committee Wednesday. But that hardship can be avoided if warring partisans agree not to use veterans as...
By Mark Flatten | 10/09/13 09:39 AM
UPDATE: A statement release Tuesday night by the Department of Veterans Affairs said the advertising time was purchased in early September, and that the Washington area was chosen because of its high concentration of veterans.
By Mark Flatten | 10/07/13 06:02 AM
Big federal agencies cannot account for thousands of hours they pay employees to spend working for government unions at taxpayer expense.
By Mark Flatten | 09/20/13 05:39 PM
A Department of Veterans Affairs contracting officer accepted nearly $1.3 million in kickbacks to steer construction work to a company falsely claiming a bidding preference reserved for service-disabled veterans, court records show. Jarod Machinga, a supervisory engineer at the veterans...
By Mark Flatten | 09/09/13 05:56 PM
Top health care officials at the Department of Veterans Affairs apologized for a recent string of preventable patient deaths, but not for the big performance bonuses paid out afterwards, during a congressional field hearing in Pittsburgh Monday. The apologies followed tearful testimony from...
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