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TSA viral pat-down video raises two tough questions for all of government

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The Transportation Security Administration is in the spotlight again after a video that depicts a 13-year-old boy being patted down by an agent Sunday at the airport in Dallas, Texas. The video went viral almost immediately, and it has alarmed…
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Listen (John Batchelor): key VA scandal official pleads guilty

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Sharon Helman, the former VA official at the epicenter of the wait times scandal at the Department of Veterans Affairs, pleaded guilty to filing a false financial disclosure Tuesday. I discussed the case with John Batchelor last night. My segment…
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Watch (NC8): IRS data breach gets bigger; FAA privatization stalls

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On Friday, the IRS announced hackers may have stolen tax information on 700,000 Americans. That’s more than double their previous estimate. And Congress has put a plan to privatize air traffic control at the Federal Aviation Administration on hold. I…
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New in GovExec: Never-Ending VA Appeals Process Hurts All Vets

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My latest piece in Government Executive, on the prospect for really making progress on the case backlog at the Department of Veterans Affairs: “The major reason the backlog doesn’t shrink any faster, the way [an LA Times] story tells it, is…
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Listen (John Batchelor): criminal referrals in relocation bonus scheme

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The Department of Veterans Affairs Inspector General makes criminal referrals to the Justice Department in the case of two employees involved in a scheme to take jobs in which they had fewer responsibilities, keep the same level of pay, and…
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Obama ISIS strategy collapsing under criticism of own advisors

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You won’t be surprised that three former Secretaries of Defense are going very public in their pointed critiques of President Obama’s strategy – or lack thereof – against ISIS. What may surprise you is who those three SecDefs are. They…
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Listen (John Batchelor): WashPost gives VA Secretary 4 Pinocchios

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The Washington Post awards Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald four Pinocchios out of four for his comments about how many VA employees the agency has fired. The agency paid big bonuses to employees who were later parts of various…
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Watch (NC8): Push to digitize immigration coming up short

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U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services has spent more than $1 billion on a project to replace its old, inefficient system. Now, a new report by The Washington Post shows not much progress has been made. I talked about that, and the…
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