By Mark Flatten | 03/05/14 09:00 PM
A Texas congressman joined demands that Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki explain the mass purge of medical appointments disclosed last week by the Washington Examiner. Rep. Pete Olson, R-Texas, wants to know who allowed backlogged orders for medical tests or other procedures to be...
By Mark Flatten | 03/04/14 05:58 AM
Two key House members have called for an investigation into reports published by the Washington Examiner that the Department of Veterans Affairs purged thousands of medical appointments to hide backlogs of tests and consultations dating back 10 years.
By Mark Flatten | 02/26/14 05:52 PM
Revelations by the Washington Examiner of a mass purge of backlogged medical appointments by the Department of Veterans Affairs were dismissed as a “scurrilous newspaper report” by the agency’s top health official Wednesday. Robert Petzel, under secretary for health at the veterans...
By Mark Flatten | 02/25/14 11:02 AM
Thousands of orders for diagnostic medical tests have been purged en masse by the Department of Veterans Affairs to make it appear its decade-long backlog is being eliminated, according to documents obtained by the Washington Examiner.
By Mark Flatten | 02/21/14 04:52 PM
A Virginia man was sentenced Friday to 16 months in prison for conspiring with federal procurement officers to gain more than $33 million in contracts using his company's status as a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business.
By Mark Flatten | 02/18/14 04:43 AM
From California to New Hampshire, state governments are using smoke and mirrors instead of cash to meet the constitutional or statutory mandates that they finish their fiscal years with balanced budgets.
By Mark Flatten | 02/11/14 03:10 PM
Top career civil service executives at the Department of Veterans Affairs could be fired more easily for failing to deliver quality medical care to patients or timely decisions on disability benefits, under legislation proposed by the chairman of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs. Rep....
By Mark Flatten | 02/07/14 07:03 PM
Big bonuses paid to top officials at the Department of Veterans Affairs are justified despite rising numbers of patient deaths and a stubborn backlog of disability claims, Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki said in a letter released Friday. Shinseki said VA officials continue to...
By Mark Flatten | 02/06/14 05:12 AM
Congress has little stomach for taking on politically powerful labor unions, dooming the prospects of bills that would increase transparency and curb the cost to taxpayers. Part four of the four-part series Too Big to Manage.
By Mark Flatten | 02/05/14 04:54 AM
Politically powerful federal unions don’t have to pay their people because of official time. So where does all that dues money they collect go? Much of it goes to help union-friendly Democrats in Congress. Part three of the four-part series Too Big to Manage.
By Mark Flatten | 02/04/14 05:03 AM
With taxpayers paying the $155 million tab for official time, union officials are free to lobby for more money, more perks and more official time. Part two of the four-part series Too Big to Manage.
By Mark Flatten | 02/03/14 03:57 PM
That figure includes 558 workers who spent more than 1,500 hours annually on official time, which means they did little, if any, work for their agencies, and 150 who spent at least 1,000 hours annually on union release.
By Mark Flatten | 02/03/14 04:49 AM
Hundreds of federal employees are being released from their regular jobs to work full time for their labor unions, all while drawing full salaries and benefits from the taxpayers. It adds up to millions of hours costing more than $150 million per year. Part one of a four-part series.
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