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VA Secretary Shinseki Resigns

VA Inspector General Releases Interim Report

  • 05/29/2014 - 08:14

    The US Department of Veterans Affairs Inspector General has released an interm report on its findings within the Phoenix VA system, and it's not good news.

    The full report is available here, but it shows a very serious and potentially criminal behavior at the Phoenix VA.

    Some of the most disturbing information:

    • There were about 1,400 veterans that did not have a primary care appointment but were on the Phoenix Health Care Systems electronic wait list.
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Education Inequality Greater Problem Than Income

  • 05/26/2014 - 08:26

    Most American's have probably heard of the growing income inequality between the top 1% and the 99%, but an interesting article by MIT economist David Autor contends that an equal or greater problem is education inequality.

    In this blog post at the Washington Times Jim Tankersley summarizes the original interview between Autor and Peter Dizikes.

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Congress Relaxes Rules for Firing VA Execs

  • 05/22/2014 - 13:25

    The continued and disturbing allegations of mismanagement at various VA health facilities across the country has caused both houses of Congress to make it easier to dispose of some VA leadership.

    The House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a measure that allows the Veteran's Administration Secretary to more easily fire any of the 400 senior executives if they consistently underperform. The measure passed the House by a wide majority - 390-33. The Senate attached similar legislation to the annual VA appropriations proposal which is due to be signed into law later this year.

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Top VA Official Resigns

  • 05/16/2014 - 20:48

    Dr. Robert Petzel, undersecretary for health in the Department of Veterans Affairs, has tendered his resignation to Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki one day after testifying in front of a Senate hearing.

    Dr. Petzel was scheduled to retire at the end of 2014, leading some veterans' groups and Congressional members to consider him a scapegoat. During the hearings Shinseki claimed multiple times to only have limited knowledge of reports about the problems with VA wait times, while Dr. Petzel had claimed to have reviewed all the reports and ordered corrections.

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