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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. ...

Conservatives gather to talk budget strategy for 2016

House conservatives gathered Thursday in Middleburg, Virginia to hash out plans for the upcoming budget debate and to outline priorities for the new year. Huffington Post has the details: Roughly two dozen House conservatives met at the Salamander Resort and Spa in Middleburg, Virginia, for the Heritage Foundation's annual Conservative Member Retreat. And while members in attendance reported that there were no definitive decisions on how they'll move forward with the budget, it's clear there are some potential vote issues with the spending blueprint. Members don't have any firm demands yet, but a number of conservatives both in and outside of ...

Veteran dies of cancer that went undetected by VA doctors for a year

Disabled Army veteran Barry Coates, who became one of the many faces of the Veterans Affairs wait-list scandal, died of cancer Jan. 23 — less than two years after testifying before a House committee to the “gross negligence” he suffered at the hands of the VA. Military.com has the story: Coates, only 46 when he died on Jan. 23, became the face of the Veterans Affairs Department wait-time scandal — in which patients whose appointments were put off by a system unable to handle the volume of men and women needing its services. "It is likely too late for me," he told the House Veterans Affairs Committee during an April 9, 2014 hearing. "The ...

Inspector General: Clinton’s private-server emails contained intel beyond “top secret”

Emails uncovered from Hillary Clinton’s unsecured, private server used to conduct official state business contained intelligence beyond “top secret,” says an unclassified letter from a top inspector general. Fox News has the exclusive: Fox News exclusively obtained the unclassified letter, sent Jan. 14 from Intelligence Community Inspector General I. Charles McCullough III. It laid out the findings of a recent comprehensive review by intelligence agencies that identified "several dozen" additional classified emails -- including specific intelligence known as "special access programs" (SAP). That indicates a level of classification beyond ...

Jenny Beth Martin: Bold conservative leadership needs to be at the top of the agenda, Mr. Speaker

Tea Party Patriots President and Co-Founder Jenny Beth Martin in her latest column for The Washington Times urges Speaker of the House Paul Ryan to pursue a bold, conservative agenda that includes repealing Obamacare, pushing for tax reform and reining in congressional spending. Here is her blueprint for Congress: First up, the two issues that fall short of the 77 percent threshold (but each of which, nevertheless, garners 60 percent support among all likely voters, and far greater support among Republicans and Independents): Repeal of the Affordable Care Act, and across-the-board tax reform that creates a system that’s simpler, fairer and ...

VA spokesperson: Elimination of disability-claims backlog ‘may not be achievable’

A spokesperson from Veterans Affairs says his agency has made a dent in squaring away veterans’ disability claims but that it likely won’t come close to bringing the number all the way down to zero. The Military Times has the details: The Veterans Affairs Department's backlog of disability claims will finish 2015 near its lowest level in six years, but still will not come close to the publicly promised goal of zero … “While complete elimination of the backlog may not be achievable under our current processing systems and procedures, we know there is still more that we can do,” they said in their statement … In a statement this ...

Obama’s VA deserves a great big lump of coal for Christmas — here’s why

The Department of Veterans Affairs is refusing to fire employees responsible for penalizing VA whistleblowers connected to the internal leak that revealed the VA had secret patient waiting lists. Read the details at The Washington Examiner: The year-old report, which has not yet been made public by the VA, offered a detailed account of the retaliation two whistleblowers faced when they attempted to report wrongdoing at the Phoenix facility. For example, Paula Pedene in the Phoenix system's public affairs office said her budget was slashed and her staff reduced in 2012 after she raised "multiple allegations of misconduct and mismanagement" ...

Conservative Rep. Huelskamp elected to influential GOP steering committee

After years of urging by Tea Party Patriots and other grassroots conservative activists, conservative champion Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.) Thursday was elected to the House Steering Committee – a powerful subset of the House Republican Conference that determines who chairs what committees. The Washington Examiner has the scoop: Republicans elected Huelskamp to join the committee on Thursday, his office announced. He will fill one of six at-large positions on the committee, which helps decide who will serve as committee chairs. "With these changes to the influential Steering Committee, my colleagues have sent a strong message that they're ...

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VA flubs demotion of corrupt executives who collected more than $400,000 in bonuses

The Department of Veterans Affairs botched the demotions of two senior executives who used their positions within the agency to land their jobs of choice, to collect more than $400,000 in relocation bonuses and to pressure other employees into accepting hard-to-fill roles. Stars and Stripes has the details: Lawmakers, veterans advocates and other watchdog groups lambasted the agency for not firing the women and for not recouping the money they received through their scheming. On Thursday, the VA issued a statement saying that during the processing of the demotions, an administrative error had occurred and one of the five binders of evidence had ...