Defense

Private Group Keeps Afghanistan Evacuations Flying Despite Ground Halt

Group leader: “There are Americans saying, ‘Help me, help me, help me.’ And the State Department is saying, ‘Fill out your form in triplicate.’”

Workforce

‘Sheer Madness:’ Agencies Scramble to Implement New Policies for COVID-Positive Employees

With staffing shortages arriving or anticipated, agencies look to adapt their quarantine and isolation guidelines.

Management

Some Veterans Affairs Beneficiaries Will Receive Notification Letters Late Due to Printing Delays 

VA and Government Publishing Office attribute the slow-down to labor shortages and the supply chain crisis. 

Defense

Poll: Veterans Say US Left Afghanistan Without Honor, and They Want to Talk About It

70 percent of Americans surveyed said they have “never” or “rarely” talked to a veteran about the war.

Workforce

Percentage of Veterans in the Federal Workforce Stagnates at 31%

The Interagency Veterans Advisory Council is looking to boost that, as well as increase representation of veterans in the Senior Executive Service. 

Management

91% of VA Health Care Workers Submitted COVID-19 Vaccine-Related Data 

“The goal of the disciplinary process is not to fire people,” but rather “get people vaccinated,” said the VA secretary. 

Defense

Veterans Day: How Crosses and Mementos Help These Marines Remember Fallen Comrades

For some military members, a hillside in California embodies the sacrifices of serving.

Management

Lawmakers Look to Boost VA Research by Poaching From Other Agencies, Governments

VA would be better positioned to lead on issues like traumatic brain injury and PTSD, committee leaders say.

Management

GovExec Daily: Managing Performance at the Veterans Benefit Administration

Dr. Paul R. Lawrence joins the podcast to discuss his new book on his time at VA.

Workforce

COVID-19 Vaccination Deadline Arrives for 380K VA Employees. 45K Still Haven’t Said They’ve Gotten Shots.

The department is giving those employees 10 more days to prove they have been vaccinated or seek an exception before discipline begins.

Oversight

Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Buddies Tried to Get the VA to Sell Access to Veterans’ Medical Records

A congressional investigation prompted by ProPublica’s reporting found Trump’s “Mar-a-Lago crowd,” wealthy civilians with no U.S. government or military experience, pursued a plan to monetize veterans’ medical data.

Defense

30,177 Military Members Have Died by Suicide since 9/11. Why?

In the past 20 years, 30,177 active military and veterans of post-9/11 wars have committed suicide. That's four times as many deaths as those killed in action.

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