Archive for May, 2010

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Statement On Progress In Prevention Of Heathcare-Associated Infections

SOURCE: “Today, we are releasing a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) which shows our nation is making progress toward eliminating healthcare-associated infections (HAI’S) that kill almost 100,000 Americans each year.  The report today focuses on central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI), serious infections that can cause death in hospitalized […]

NRC Finds VA In Apparent Violation

According to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), the Department of Veterans Affairs has been found in violation of three federal regulations for radiation use at 13 of their medical facilities including the VA medical facility in Philadelphia, at the center of a firestorm last summer for their botched treatment of veterans with prostate cancer. Some […]

Levin, Murphy and Lieberman Announce White House Support For “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal

SOURCE: Washington, D.C. . . . Senators Joe Lieberman (ID-CT) and Carl Levin (D-MI), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, along with Congressman Patrick Murphy (D-PA) today sent a letter to the White House announcing that they “have developed a legislative proposal for consideration by the House and Senate that puts a process […]

House Approves Bill To Expand Chiropractic Care To Veterans

On May 24, 2010, the House of Representatives approved H.R. 1017, a bill that would significantly expand chiropractic care for military veterans and increase staff chiropractors in the Department of Veterans Affairs. The price tag of this bill is approximately $46 million and if approved would mean that veterans at all 153 VA medical facilities […]

NALC, The Postal Service And USPS OIG Reach Settlement On Confidential Medical Records

According to a new settlement agreement between the NALC, the Postal Service and USPS Office of Inspector General, there now will be tighter restrictions on OIG agents and postal inspectors seeking to obtain employees’ confidential medical records from their health care providers. Says NALC President Fred Rolano, “The restrictions imposed by this settlement should prevent […]

Senate Passes Telework Enhancement Act For Federal Workers

Source: Washington, D.C. Tonight (May 24), the U.S. Senate passed the Telework Enhancement Act of 2010 (S.707), sponsored by Senators Daniel K. Akaka (D-HI) and George V. Voinovich (R-OH) to expand telecommuting opportunities in the federal government. “I am pleased the Senate unanimously approved this bill to create robust telework programs in the federal […]

Des Moines Set To Host National Veterans Golden Age Games

SOURCE: 24th Year Of VA Sponsored Sports Competition Washington . . . Hundreds of Veterans from around the nation will make their way to Des Moines, Iowa, May 26-31 to compete in the 24th Annual National Veterans Golden Age Games, the largest annual sports competition of its kind in the world. “This extraordinary event […]

Inspection Of The VA Regional Office Albuquerque, New Mexico

SOURCE: Report Summary From VA Benefits Inspection Division On VA Regional Office In Albuquerque May 20, 2010 The Benefits Inspection Division conducts onsite inspections at VA Regional Offices (VAROS) to review disability compensation claims processing and Veterans Service Center (VSC) operations. VARO management needs to improve the accuracy of disability claims processing for temporary […]

Combat Related Special Compensation For Veterans

The Combat-Related Special Compensation (CRSC) program provides compensation for eligible Military retirees who have combat-related disabilities.  CRSC offers a monthly, tax-free benefit that supplements VA disability and military retired pay.  To apply, you must meet the following criteria and have at least one VA rated injury assessed to be combat-related: Active, Reserve or Medically retired […]

Federal Retiree Benefits

If you are a federal employee, you can find out information about your retirement benefits and make changes concerning your federal annuity, by going to OPM’s Retirement Services Online  enables you to: Change your Federal Income Tax withholding Change your State Income Tax withholding Buy, change or stop Savings Bonds Request a duplicate tax-filing […]