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Veterans Affairs suspending supervisor of women involved in hiring scandal

  Veterans Affairs announced it’s suspending the head of Veterans Benefits Administration in charge of overseeing the two lower-ranking officials who gamed the agency’s hiring system for their own profit. U.S. News & World Report has the story: Deputy VA Secretary Sloan Gibson says acting VBA chief Danny Pummill will be suspended without pay for 15 days for his role in a relocation scam that has roiled the agency for months. Pummill failed to exercise proper oversight as Kimberly Graves and Diana Rubens forced lower-ranking managers to accept job transfers and then stepped into the vacant positions themselves, keeping their ...

VA executives who pocketed $400,000 in moving expenses will keep their director-level positions

Two Veterans Affairs executives accused of embezzling $400,000 in moving expenses will keep their director-level positions despite attempts to reassign them. Military Times has the details: Diana Rubens, Philadelphia Regional Office director, and Kimberly Graves, director of the St. Paul, Minn., regional office, have faced harsh criticism since an inspector general report last fall accused them of pocketing more than $400,000 in moving costs for questionable job moves. Lawmakers have repeatedly accused the pair of gaming the promotion system for personal gain, at the expense of veterans care. VA leaders have criticized the two only for “jud...

Judge overturns VA demotions of employees who apparently scammed agency out of $400,000

Federal judges overturned Veterans Affairs’ demotion of two senior officials caught up in a hiring scam. ABC News has the story: The VA demoted Kimberly Graves and Diana Rubens last month. The VA's acting inspector general said the pair forced lower-ranking managers to accept job transfers and then stepped into the vacant positions themselves, keeping their senior-level pay while reducing their responsibilities … In addition to their job assignments, Graves and Rubens have been under investigation for obtaining more than $400,000 combined in questionable moving expenses under a VA relocation program that has since been suspended. Rep. ...

News Briefing for Thursday, May 28

HEALTHCARE: Overhead costs exploding under ObamaCare, study finds “Five years after the passage of ObamaCare, there is one expense that’s still causing sticker shock across the healthcare industry: overhead costs. The administrative costs for healthcare plans are expected to explode by more than a quarter of a trillion dollars over the next decade, according to a new study published by the Health Affairs blog. The $270 billion in new costs, for both private insurance companies and government programs, will be “over and above what would have been expected had the law not been enacted,” one of the authors, David Himmelstein, wrote Wednesday. ...

News Briefing for Monday, December 15, 2014

Happy Bill of Rights Day!   HEALTHCARE: OBAMACARE BLAMED FOR KILLING HOSPITALS Closures by the multitude seen as danger to patients, harbinger of future “Eighteen acute-care hospitals across the United States shut their doors in 2013. At least 12 more hospitals have closed this year in rural areas alone. More are getting out the plywood to nail over windows and barricades for doors. Don’t worry, it’s just the new normal under Obamacare, says Lee Hieb, M.D. “Events happening now give us some idea of what medicine will be reduced to in the future,” Hieb writes in her forthcoming book, “Surviving the Medical Meltdown: Your ...

News Briefing for December 13, 2014

HEALTHCARE: Patients outraged after losing doctors under Obamacare “Kevin McCarthy of Thousand Oaks, California, was surprised last spring, when he learned his family doctor of 14 years could not accept the Blue Shield insurance he'd purchased under Obamacare. He said he was "outraged" because when he was shopping for his policy, Blue Shield confirmed his doctor was covered. "We were duped," McCarthy said. "Hoodwinked is another good term." Here's what happened. Insurance companies -- to save money -- are quietly selling what are called "narrow networks." They sharply restrict the number of doctors and hospitals people can see. In some cases, ...

News Briefing for September 13

Below are some of the news stories that we are reading today. HEALTHCARE:   Americans Still Think Obamacare’s Hurting The Country “Most of Obamacare has kicked in already and Americans still overwhelmingly think that it’s hurting the country more than it’s helping, according to a Pew poll published Friday.  Forty-five percent think the health-care law has had a mostly negative effect on the country as a whole, Pew found. Another 18 percent think it hasn’t done much at all. That leaves just a third of respondents that believe Obamacare’s doing mostly good. That pessimistic view of the law has actually grown since Obamacare ...

Thank You to All Who Contributed to Saving Wisconsin

Last night in Wisconsin we saw history in the making. The special interests and unions were the clear losers in an effort to recall elected officials for keeping their promises. The thing is, the news media is absolutely shocked at the blow out that happened last night. First, we want to recognize some very special people who signed up through our website to contribute their time, their money, and their moral support for the efforts to stop the senseless recalls. Your support clearly had a major impact in what happened last night and we are extremely grateful. Thank you! Next, we want to thank the great patriots in Wisconsin for standing to ...