Government Executive - Authors - Jordain Carneyhttp://www.govexec.com/voices/jordain-carney/7907/Jordain Carney is a defense reporter at National Journal. She previously worked as a staff writer for the Hotline, covering congressional and gubernatorial elections in the South. Jordain graduated from the University of Arkansas with a bachelor's degree in English, political science, and journalism.en-usWed, 29 Oct 2014 16:21:20 -0400Pentagon Announces It Will Quarantine Soldiers Returning From Ebola Missionhttp://www.govexec.com/defense/2014/10/pentagon-announces-it-will-quarantine-soldiers-returning-ebola-mission/97739/Defense officials pointed to concerns over the safety of troops coming back from West Africa.Jordain Carney, National JournalWed, 29 Oct 2014 16:21:20 -0400http://www.govexec.com/defense/2014/10/pentagon-announces-it-will-quarantine-soldiers-returning-ebola-mission/97739/DefenseA group of 30 U.S. military personnel, including Marines, Airmen and Soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division, board a plane to Monrovia. Maj. Dale Greer/Defense DepartmentDoes the VA Have a Women Veterans Problem?http://www.govexec.com/defense/2014/10/does-va-have-women-veterans-problem/97442/Both inside and outside of the department, there's one consensus: More work needs to be done.Jordain Carney, National JournalMon, 27 Oct 2014 10:54:37 -0400http://www.govexec.com/defense/2014/10/does-va-have-women-veterans-problem/97442/DefenseWomen attend a veterans training summit in Washington. Robert Turtil/VA file photoDid the U.S. Just Accidentally Give Weapons to ISIS?http://www.govexec.com/defense/2014/10/did-us-just-accidentally-give-weapons-isis/97115/The Pentagon is investigating a video that seems to show the terrorist group holding an air-dropped bundle intended for Syrian Kurdish fighters.Jordain Carney, National JournalWed, 22 Oct 2014 12:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/defense/2014/10/did-us-just-accidentally-give-weapons-isis/97115/DefenseEdlib News Network ENN/APVA Moves to Prevent Veteran Violence Over Disability Claimshttp://www.govexec.com/defense/2014/10/va-moves-prevent-veteran-violence-over-disability-claims/97067/To curtail confusion, the department wants to change when veterans can view the results of their disability exam online.Jordain Carney, National JournalTue, 21 Oct 2014 17:28:58 -0400http://www.govexec.com/defense/2014/10/va-moves-prevent-veteran-violence-over-disability-claims/97067/DefenseSgt. Randall A. Clinton/Marine Corps New YorkThe Army's Answer to Its Identity Crisishttp://www.govexec.com/defense/2014/10/armys-answer-its-identity-crisis/96509/Service leaders laid out what the future looks like without a large ground operation and with a smaller budget.Jordain Carney, National JournalWed, 15 Oct 2014 13:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/defense/2014/10/armys-answer-its-identity-crisis/96509/Defense"For those who think we don't need an Army, look around the world and see the things we do every single day," said Gen. Raymond Odierno.Defense DepartmentVA Braces for a New Front in the Agent Orange Battlehttp://www.govexec.com/defense/2014/10/va-braces-new-front-agent-orange-battle/96047/A group of post-Vietnam War veterans say their illnesses are tied to the herbicide. So far, Veterans Affairs isn't buying it.Jordain Carney, National JournalWed, 08 Oct 2014 12:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/defense/2014/10/va-braces-new-front-agent-orange-battle/96047/DefenseGroup of U.S military C-123 aircraft spray Agent Orange during the Vietnam War.Army file photoHow Much Will the ISIS Fight Cost?http://www.govexec.com/defense/2014/09/how-much-will-isis-fight-cost/95237/The Pentagon estimates that it is spending up to $10 million per day in Iraq and Syria.Jordain Carney, National JournalFri, 26 Sep 2014 18:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/defense/2014/09/how-much-will-isis-fight-cost/95237/DefenseAn F-22A Raptor taxis in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility prior to strike operations in Syria Tuesday.Tech. Sgt. Russ Scalf/Air ForcePentagon Signs Off on Plan for Striking ISIS in Syriahttp://www.govexec.com/defense/2014/09/pentagon-signs-plan-striking-isis-syria/94508/The Defense secretary says he approved the plan, but Obama has not yet agreed to it.Jordain Carney, National JournalThu, 18 Sep 2014 15:59:31 -0400http://www.govexec.com/defense/2014/09/pentagon-signs-plan-striking-isis-syria/94508/DefenseDefense DepartmentSenator Tries to Help Frustrated Military Drivers With #OopsWeLostYourCarhttp://www.govexec.com/defense/2014/09/senator-tries-help-frustrated-military-drivers-oopswelostyourcar/94301/One senator is on a quest to help soldiers find their vehicles, which are being held up as they move overseas.Jordain Carney, National JournalWed, 17 Sep 2014 09:45:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/defense/2014/09/senator-tries-help-frustrated-military-drivers-oopswelostyourcar/94301/DefenseARENA Creative/Shutterstock.comThe VA Scandal Isn't Going Awayhttp://www.govexec.com/defense/2014/09/va-scandal-isnt-going-away/93596/The Veterans Affairs Inspector General's Office is investigating 93 facilities and is "pretty confident" scheduling or data manipulation took place in most of them.Jordain Carney, National JournalTue, 09 Sep 2014 17:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/defense/2014/09/va-scandal-isnt-going-away/93596/DefenseVeterans Affairs DepartmentISIL Has Been Bombing Baghdad for Yearshttp://www.govexec.com/defense/2014/08/isil-has-been-bombing-baghdad-years/91211/The U.S. threatens airstrikes in Baghdad if the militant group endangers personnel, but such attacks in and around the capital aren’t anything new.Jordain Carney, National JournalTue, 12 Aug 2014 13:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/defense/2014/08/isil-has-been-bombing-baghdad-years/91211/DefenseIraqi civilians gather the morning after a string of car bombs tore through Baghdad last week.Karim Kadim/APVA Reform Bill Heads to President Obama's Deskhttp://www.govexec.com/management/2014/08/bill-making-it-easier-fire-va-execs-heads-obamas-desk/90299/Long-awaited changes including enhanced firing authority are on their way to becoming law.Jordain Carney, National JournalFri, 01 Aug 2014 09:52:39 -0400http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/08/bill-making-it-easier-fire-va-execs-heads-obamas-desk/90299/ManagementA World War II veteran plays taps at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne. Sandra Niedzwiecki/Defense DepartmentMeet the Man Now Responsible for Solving the VA Crisishttp://www.govexec.com/management/2014/07/meet-man-now-responsible-solving-va-crisis/90020/Robert McDonald got overwhelming bipartisan support during his Senate confirmation vote Tuesday.Jordain Carney, National JournalTue, 29 Jul 2014 17:32:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/07/meet-man-now-responsible-solving-va-crisis/90020/ManagementCharles Dharapak/APRepublicans Condemn Bergdahl Swaphttp://www.govexec.com/defense/2014/07/republicans-condemn-bergdahl-swap/90017/But Democrats on the House Armed Services Committee say the resolution is simply a political move ahead of this week's House vote on suing President Obama.Jordain Carney, National JournalTue, 29 Jul 2014 17:26:34 -0400http://www.govexec.com/defense/2014/07/republicans-condemn-bergdahl-swap/90017/Defense"Congress was not able to consider the risk to the American people or our troops in harms way," House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon said regarding the swap.Flickr user talkradionewsHow Much Does It Cost to Fix the VA?http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/07/how-much-does-it-cost-fix-va/89564/Proposal to hire 10,000 new clinicians meets with skepticism on the Hill.Jordain Carney, National JournalThu, 24 Jul 2014 12:25:40 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/07/how-much-does-it-cost-fix-va/89564/OversightSenate Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.Cliff Owen/AP File PhotoThe VA Is One Step Closer to Getting a New Leaderhttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/07/va-one-step-closer-getting-new-leader/89411/Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee approves Robert McDonald's nomination to lead the scandal-plagued department.Jordain Carney, National JournalWed, 23 Jul 2014 11:46:07 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/07/va-one-step-closer-getting-new-leader/89411/OversightFlickr user qnrDoes the Next VA Secretary Face an Impossible Task?http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/07/does-next-va-secretary-face-impossible-task/89345/Senators have a long to-do list for nominee Robert McDonald, expecting him to succeed where his predecessors have failed.Stacy Kaper and Jordain Carney, National JournalTue, 22 Jul 2014 16:51:59 -0400http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/07/does-next-va-secretary-face-impossible-task/89345/ManagementRobert McDonald said that, if confirmed to oversee the department, he would take action on reforms during his first 90 days in office.Associated PressDon't Expect the VA to Improve Overnighthttp://www.govexec.com/defense/2014/07/dont-expect-va-improve-overnight/88864/The acting secretary says the agency can turn the corner in two years, but it will need a lot more money.Jordain Carney, National JournalWed, 16 Jul 2014 14:41:30 -0400http://www.govexec.com/defense/2014/07/dont-expect-va-improve-overnight/88864/DefenseFlickr user Jason KufferThe VA Scandal Just Keeps Spreadinghttp://www.govexec.com/management/2014/07/va-scandal-just-keeps-spreading/88705/VA employees and lawmakers raise concerns that unrealistic deadlines and bad leadership led to data manipulation in the handling of disability claims.Jordain Carney, National JournalTue, 15 Jul 2014 09:46:55 -0400http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/07/va-scandal-just-keeps-spreading/88705/ManagementVietnam veteran Louis Albin, who served in the U.S. Navy, listens during a town hall meeting in Phoenix concerning health-care issues at the Phoenix VA facilities. Ralph Freso/APHow to Stop Burn Pits From Becoming the Next Agent Orangehttp://www.govexec.com/defense/2014/07/how-stop-burn-pits-becoming-next-agent-orange/88540/As veterans complain of health impacts from toxic fumes, advocates warn that burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan might come back to haunt the administration.Jordain Carney, National JournalFri, 11 Jul 2014 15:50:36 -0400http://www.govexec.com/defense/2014/07/how-stop-burn-pits-becoming-next-agent-orange/88540/DefenseA warning sign stands in a field contaminated with dioxin from Agent Orange near Danang airport.Maika Elan/AP file photoIraq's Probably Going to Need Help Taking Back Its Countryhttp://www.govexec.com/defense/2014/07/iraqs-probably-going-need-help-taking-back-its-country/87907/But Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said no U.S. troops will perform combat missions.Jordain Carney, National JournalThu, 03 Jul 2014 15:13:32 -0400http://www.govexec.com/defense/2014/07/iraqs-probably-going-need-help-taking-back-its-country/87907/DefenseHagel and Dempsey spoke to the media Thursday.Defense DepartmentThe Four Biggest Challenges the Next VA Secretary Faceshttp://www.govexec.com/management/2014/06/four-biggest-challenges-next-va-secretary-faces/87610/McDonald will inherit a scandal-plagued department with few easy fixes.Jordain Carney, National JournalMon, 30 Jun 2014 17:19:27 -0400http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/06/four-biggest-challenges-next-va-secretary-faces/87610/ManagementFormer Procter and Gamble executive Robert McDonald, President Barack Obama's nominee as the next Veterans Affairs secretaryCharles Dharapak/APChart: The Benefits Claims That Are Flying Under the Radar at VAhttp://www.govexec.com/management/2014/06/chart-claims-backlogs-are-flying-under-radar-va/87424/Disability claims aren't the only ones clogging up the system.Jordain Carney, National JournalFri, 27 Jun 2014 10:18:01 -0400http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/06/chart-claims-backlogs-are-flying-under-radar-va/87424/ManagementGarsya/Shutterstock.comOne Thing That Is Going Right for Veteranshttp://www.govexec.com/management/2014/06/one-thing-going-right-veterans/86983/More Iraq and Afghanistan veterans are finding jobs, but the unemployment rate could easily creep back up as more soldiers come home.Jordain Carney, National JournalMon, 23 Jun 2014 10:28:37 -0400http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/06/one-thing-going-right-veterans/86983/ManagementVietnam veteran Louis Albin, who served in the U.S. Navy, listens during a town hall meeting at American Legion Post 1 on Monday, June 9, 2014, in Phoenix concerning health-care issues at the Phoenix VA facilities. Ralph Freso/APFBI Joins Investigation Into VA Wait Timeshttp://www.govexec.com/management/2014/06/fbi-investigating-va-scandal/86266/Bureau is reviewing records to see if officials lied about wait times for medical care to receive a bonus.Jordain Carney, National JournalWed, 11 Jun 2014 14:11:07 -0400http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/06/fbi-investigating-va-scandal/86266/ManagementAnthony Correia/Shutterstock.com