164 results for tag: Big Government


President Trump: VA health-records modernization ‘one of the biggest wins for our veterans’

President Donald J. Trump heralded Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin’s announcement Monday the VA is revamping its health-records system calling the change “one of the biggest wins for our veterans in decades.” The Washington Examiner has the story: "Of course there's still much work to do, but for today's action shows that determined leadership and what it can accomplish — great, great reform," Trump said. VA Secretary David Shulkin announced Monday morning that the VA would be adopting the same electronic health records system as the Department of Defense, a move that follows calls for the VA to modernize its IT ...

Tea Party Patriots Thank President Trump for Keeping His Promise to Withdraw from Paris Accord

Atlanta, GA - Tea Party Patriots President and co-founder Jenny Beth Martin released the following statement today, reacting to President Trump's announcement the United States is withdrawing from the Paris Accord. “Tea Party Patriots thanks President Donald Trump for continuing to keep the promises he made during the campaign by announcing the United States will withdraw from the Paris Accord, which is a drag on our economy and a bad deal for American workers. Once again, President Trump has continued to keep his word to the American people both on specific initiatives like the Paris Accord and his broader promise to put our citizens and America ...

Report: U.S. regulatory burden 10 percent of GDP

The cost of complying with federal regulations is so great in this country that – at an estimated cost of $1.9 trillion annually – the regulatory burden eclipses one-tenth of our gross domestic product, according to a report released today by Competitive Enterprise Institute. “Regulatory costs of $1.9 trillion amount to 10 percent of the U.S. gross domestic product, which was estimated at $18.861 trillion in 2016 by the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Economic Analysis,” reads the report. The annual report, written by CEI Vice President for Policy Clyde Wayne Crews Jr., is meant to be a “benchmark” by which to gauge President ...

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 ...

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 ...

Pruitt ends taxpayer-paid gym memberships for EPA employees

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt this week on “Fox & Friends” announced his agency will no longer underwrite employee gym memberships – this after it came to light the agency under President Obama paid nearly $15,000 for 24-Hour Fitness membership packages. The Washington Examiner has the details: "Well, the gym memberships ended yesterday, it was quite something to hear about that," Pruitt said. He said the agency is investigating the matter, saying "it was the previous administration that granted those gym memberships," which "were rather expensive." "It was something that needed to end." The gym ...

D.C. Veterans Affairs medical director fired after IG findings released

The D.C. VA medical director has been fired after an inspector-general report released Wednesday alleged facility employees were creating “unnecessary risk” for patients by not properly cleaning medical equipment. Stars & Stripes has the story: Quickly after the report came out, VA officials relieved the Washington hospital’s medical director and named an interim director, Charles Faselis. VA Inspector General Michael Missal released the findings, though the investigation began only late last month and is ongoing – a move that is unusual for the office. It states that 18 of 25 sterile storage areas for medical supplies were dirty, ...

White House budget director solicits feedback from the American people on ways to streamline government

Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney is requesting feedback from everyday Americans like you and me on ways to cut bureaucratic red tape that makes life more difficult for businesses, organizations, families – you name it. “Over the course of the next six months, all the federal agencies will be coming up with ideas that they think will make those agencies better. We will be doing the same thing here at OMB, but we need your help,” Mulvaney says in a video posted to the White House YouTube account. The budget director pointed to five stacks of federal regulations apparently taller than him and said they were written – ...

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 ...