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J. David Cox

Jeffrey David Cox Sr. is National President of the American Federation of Government Employees, which is the largest union representing federal and D.C. government employees.
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Don't Dismantle the VA

August 22, 2016 After the Department of Veterans Affairs’ waitlist scandal gained national attention two years ago, most Americans’ first instinct was to look for ways to make things better. But some political insiders and corporate funders saw only an opportunity to make billions off the wounds of our veterans. What followed was...

The Great VA Accountability Scam

June 26, 2015 There were too few VA providers with too little time and too little support to provide adequate care to the growing number of veterans returning home from two foreign wars; employees who exposed this gap faced retaliation from managers more interested in looking good than doing well. This staffing crisis...

It’s Time for a $15 Federal Minimum Wage

June 5, 2015 Across the country, city and state leaders are raising wages for their lowest paid workers as part of a growing movement to ensure all employees can earn a living wage. Yet the federal government remains frustratingly mired in the past, maintaining a minimum wage that pays employees less today than...

Finding a Bargain for Government Buyers Shouldn’t Be a Crime

January 5, 2015 Important programs are being starved of vital funding because of inadequate revenues, congressional gridlock and sequestration. But contractors, who bill taxpayers a whopping $500 billion annually for goods and services, hope to use the “acquisition reform” moniker to minimize the importance of cost-efficiency in the federal acquisition process. The No....

Taking the ‘Social’ Out of Social Security

September 26, 2014 Like most federal agencies, the Social Security Administration has faced deep, across-the-board cuts in recent years. These cuts have seriously degraded the administration’s ability to service a rapidly growing customer base and forced the agency to make tough choices about its future. SSA turned to the National Academy of Public...