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VA trying to muscle out whistleblower

A Department of Veterans Affairs office in Memphis, Tennessee is trying to kick out a whistleblower who reported the office is welcoming back an employee who served time for drunken driving. The Daily Caller has the details: Management at the medical center sent whistleblower Sean Higgins a letter on May 15 in an attempt to remove him from the facility for a third time, according to a document obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation. He was fired once in 2008 and regained his job after successfully arguing discrimination. The second attempt came in August 2014, but a Merit Systems Protection Board reversed the VA’s action, giving him his ...

VA wants to meet with whistleblowers, help protect against retaliation

Authorities at the Department of Veterans Affairs, in an effort to protect those who speak up about potential corruption, have requested a meeting with two whistleblowers to discuss blowback the men faced as a result of sounding the alarm on the department. The Daily Signal has the details: Whistleblowers Kuauhtemoc Rodriguez from the Phoenix VA and Sean Higgins from the Memphis VA have been contacted by the Central Whistleblower Office for a conference call meeting Friday, which comes just over a week after President Donald Trump signed an executive order creating a new Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection at the VA, The Daily ...

Poll: President Trump’s tax plan, Gorsuch confirmation bolsters approval rating

President Donald J. Trump’s recently released tax plan has elicited widespread support among his supporters – that, combined with the successful appointment of now-Justice Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court have helped improve our commander in chief’s approval rating, according to a new poll. International Business Times has the details: The IBD/TIPP Presidential Leadership Index — which includes poll results on favorability, job approval, and leadership — climbed 7% to 42.6, marking the first month-over-month increase since Trump became president. "The president's recent achievements in foreign affairs have bolstered Americans' view ...

Report: More than 345 VA employees draw federal salary even when they’re not working for the fed

About 346 Department of Veterans Affairs employees spend their working hours not in service to the federal government but in service to their union — all this while still receiving a federal salary — a widespread practice known as "official time," according to a new report. The Washington Examiner has the story: That's according to a report by the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office. But exactly what those VA workers are doing and why so many are doing it is not clear. The VA doesn't track that, and the GAO report offers no clue. Rep. Jody Arrington, R-Texas, a member of the House Veterans' Affairs Committee, thinks the ...

Rep. Lamar Smith demanding DOJ prosecute Hillary Clinton’s private server team over stonewalling

Lawmakers are crying "Foul!" — and rightfully so — over the internet company Hillary Clinton hired to run her private, off-the-books email server, as the company has been giving congressional investigators the runaround for more than a year — something prompting leading lawmakers to take the case to President Trump's Justice Department for prosecution. The Washington Free Beacon has the details: Rep. Lamar Smith (R., Texas), chairman of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, has asked the DOJ to prosecute Platte River Networks CEO Treve Suazo for obstructing a congressional investigation into his company’s role in provid...

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Longtime VA official has paltry excuse for approving $10 million price tag for 25 parking spots

The Department of Veterans Affairs still needs a major overhaul, as officials signed off on a $10 million bill for a mere 25 parking spaces when 600 were needed – and one of top official’s response was to say he wasn’t in charge of the approval. The Daily Signal has the details: Federal officials took six years to plan a new parking lot for a Department of Veterans Affairs hospital in West Virginia that would cost $10 million for only 25 parking spaces, as their solution for a 600-spot shortage. Then, when outside auditors pulled the plug on the fiasco, the hospital’s top official—who had previously served as the facility’s chief of ...

U.S. non-farm private-sector employment up 14 percent in February

U.S. non-farm private employment in February increased 14 percent over the previous month with a whopping 298,000 jobs added, according to the monthly ADP National Employment Report published every month with the help of researchers at Moody’s Analytics. “These numbers are really good, and we’re hoping that they translate into hiring and spending and all those good things that will make the economy grow even faster,” National Federation of Independent Business Chief Economist Bill Dunkelberg tells Marketplace.org. One-hundred-and twenty-two-thousand of the nearly 300,000 jobs added fall within the “midsized” category of employers – ...

Trump budget director Mick Mulvaney prepping entitlement-reform options

Congressman-turned-Budget-Director Mick Mulvaney is confident his proposed changes to entitlement programs – e.g., social security and Medicare – will help the president achieve his campaign goal of cutting spending and reducing the national debt. The Washington Examiner has the details: "As soon as the 2018 spending budget is done at the end of next week. I'm hoping to put together something for the president to look at on the other pieces of entitlement spending, or mandatory spending," Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said Monday in an interview with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt. On the campaign trail, Trump ...

New VA secretary says he will ‘deal with’ troublesome employees

Former Veterans Affairs Undersecretary Dr. David J. Shulkin last week was the first of President Donald J. Trump’s cabinet nominees to receive unanimous confirmation – he will head Veterans Affairs and says he will “deal with” those in the department who underperform, a point on which he apparently clashed with former VA Secretary Bob McDonald. The Military Times has the story: “When you have one or two or three people who really aren’t doing their job, they bring everybody down,” he said during an appearance with Fox News host Pete Hegseth, taped Sunday. “And so the very best thing I know from my private sector experience is ...