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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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Visit to the Hill: Gerry Connolly on pay raise, OPM breach, shutdown, and more

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I visited Congressman Gerry Connolly’s office today to talk about a wide range of topics federal agency leaders care about. I recorded the conversation and will play it on my show later this week. You shouldn’t miss it, because Rep. Connolly…
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Listen (John Batchelor): Good news & bad news for VA

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The Inspector General at the Department of Veterans Affairs believes over 300,000 veterans may have died while waiting for approval to receive health care from the VA. The Denver VA debacle isn’t the only one, as the Army Corps of…
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