A new bill proposed by the chairman of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs, Rep. Jeff Miller of Florida, is designed to foster greater accountability within the department and attract better government employees. H.R. 473 proposes capping the number of senior executives eligible for bonuses and requires the department’s top career personnel to switch jobs within the department every five years, reports Defense One’s Kellie Lunney. The bill also includes proposed punitive measures, allowing the VA secretary to strip pension benefits from senior executives convicted of a crime that influenced their job performance, or preventing those convicted from retiring with full benefits.
“I know many are concerned that continuing to impose personnel measures on VA employees that are not applicable to the rest of the federal government will only disincentivize good workers from coming to the department,” said Miller, during a subcommittee hearing, March 24. “But I think the opposite is true. Good workers want to work in good agencies and with other hardworking employees, and [they] want to know that bad actors will be held fully accountable.”
The Coast Guard is officially shit outta luck for a paycheck thanks to the government shutdown, which means that zero coasties have been paid to create some of the amazing memes being shared as a way to vent their frustration.
Vice President Mike Pence repeated President Donald Trump's claim that "ISIS has been defeated" in Syria on Wednesday just hours after several U.S. service members were killed by an ISIS suicide bomber in Manbij, Syria.
Soldiers, family and community gathered in Morehead City to render honors and witness the transfer and memorial of U.S. Army Sgt James Slape Nov. 9-11, 2018. Slape will hold a temporary resting place in Morehead City before ultimately moving to Arlington Cemetery. Slape supported Operations Resolute Support and Freedom Sentinel in Afghanistan. (U.S. Army National Guard Photo by Staff Sgt Leticia Samuels, North Carolina National Guard)
An ISIS suicide bomber killed four Americans in Manbij, Syria, on Wednesday.