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The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs headquarters in Washington, D.C.

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The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Republicans Want A in VA to Also Stand for Accountability

– Written with Kathleen Miller The Department of Veterans Affairs’ press office doesn’t talk to the press enough. That’s according to House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller, a Florida Republican, who has set up a website, VA Honesty Project,...

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A closure sign is posted on the national mall near the Capitol in Washington, DC, on October 3, 2013.

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A closure sign is posted on the national mall near the Capitol in Washington, DC, on October 3, 2013.

Shutdown Journal: Week One

Updated Oct. 6  at 9:50 am and 12:34 pm EDT On the first Sunday of the partial government shutdown, think of the talk shows as quote machines. With some ominous quotes at that: Boehner: “We are not going to pass...

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National Park Ranger Robert Turan closes a road leading to Wilder Monument at the Chickamauga Battlefield on Oct. 1, 2013 in Chickamauga, Georgia.

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National Park Ranger Robert Turan closes a road leading to Wilder Monument at the Chickamauga Battlefield on Oct. 1, 2013 in Chickamauga, Georgia.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: $300 Million

That’s how much a partial government shutdown costs the U.S. per day in lost economic output, according to global market research firm IHS Inc. Though the number is a fraction of the country’s $15.7 trillion annual economy, “the effects may...

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The Department of Veterans Affairs in Washington, D.C.

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The Department of Veterans Affairs in Washington, D.C.

Veterans Agency, Exempt from Cuts, Attempts to Cite Cuts for Delay

Federal agency managers have told President Barack Obama that the budget cuts known as sequestration would likely cause mass layoffs, jeopardize military medical care and cut nutrition assistance to poor children. The spending cuts, which may total $1.2 trillion over...

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Homeless U.S. military veterans stand in line for free services at a 'Stand Down' event hosted by the Department of Veterans Affairs in Denver, Colorado.

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Homeless U.S. military veterans stand in line for free services at a 'Stand Down' event hosted by the Department of Veterans Affairs in Denver, Colorado.

VA Technology Chief ‘Can’t Take Another Four Years’

Roger Baker, the Department of Veterans Affairs chief information officer, says his decision to resign on March 8 isn’t tied to a better offer — he just needs to “recharge some batteries.” Baker, who’s overseen some of the VA’s most...

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Members of Utah National Guard's 211th aviation unit attend a job fair.

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Members of Utah National Guard's 211th aviation unit attend a job fair.

Watchdog to Vets: Sorry, No More Contract Protests

A U.S. government watchdog agency said today it will no longer hear protests from military veterans seeking to use a 2006 law to get first dibs on contracting opportunities from the Department of Veterans Affairs. The Government Accountability Office has...

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A veterans job fair in Naperville, Illinois. Photograph by Tim Boyle/Bloomberg

A veterans job fair in Naperville, Illinois. Photograph by Tim Boyle/Bloomberg

Veteran Hiring Preferences: Not Always — 18 Times No, GAO Says of V.A.

Vets come first under a 2006 law designed to give small business owners who served in the military first dibs on contracts with the Department of Veterans Affairs. That is, unless they’re up against a few other preferred groups, according...

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