• House Blocks OPM-GSA Merger

    House Blocks OPM-GSA Merger

    The House of Representatives passed the FY 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which included an amendment that would block the administration’s proposed reorganization of the Office of Personnel Management. This action comes just days after lawmakers wrote to Acting OPM Director Margaret Weichert to criticize “premature” discussions of furloughs.

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Supreme Court: Veteran Can’t Be Forced to Indemnify Ex-Spouse When Electing Benefits

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A retired Air Force Veteran’s divorce decree awarded his ex-wife 50 percent of the veteran’s future Air Force retirement pay, but thirteen years after the divorce, the veteran was found partially disabled due to an earlier service-related injury, and elected to give up an equal amount ($250 monthly) of retirement pay in order to receive disability pay – thereby reducing the value of his ex-wife’s 50 percent share by 50 percent of $250. 

Trump Outlines Plan for VA Reform

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In a speech given yesterday in Virginia Beach, VA, the Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump outlined his plan to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs, noting it would be one of his “many and highest priorities.”

VA Secretary has Harsh Words for Critics

Following a recent high-profile, highly-charged scandal in which he is accused of improperly using taxpayer funds for non-official travel, Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin had surprisingly terse words for his critics this week.

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