President Donald Trump on Thursday plans to sign an executive order establishing a new Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection in the Department of Veterans Affairs, VA Secretary David Shulkin said Wednesday.
Among other things, Shulkin said, the new office will advise him on disciplining poor-performing employees.
The office will work, he said, to ensure "that we identify systemic barriers that prevent us from making the right decisions and also make sure that we're honoring the commitments that we have to our whistleblowers who've come forth and identified issues so that there's not retaliation."
But Shulkin told reporters that Congress also needs to change the law to allow the VA to more expeditiously discipline and fire problem employees.
The House has already passed legislation that would make it easier to fire or demote poor-performing VA employees, though it's unclear whether the measure can gain enough Democratic support to pass the Senate.
This may not surprise anyone aged 18 to 34 but according to U.S. Census data, if you're in that age bracket, your life differs wildly from your parents. Gone are the steady jobs and home ownership of yore. Gone too is married life -- more 18-34 year-olds live with their parents than with a spouse. The U.S. Census Bureau report found that the extent to which young people reached milestones like living alone was "tied to economic security." ... The study compared the 18-34 year old age group with young adults in 1975, their parents' generation. Back then, eight in 10 people were married by 30. Now, young people wait longer. By the age of 45, eight in 10 are married too.
Shia LeBeouf's latest stunt is to spend a month isolated in a cabin in Finland's remote Lapland region with his only communication with the outside world coming via text message to visitors to a Helsinki museum. The project is called #ALONETOGETHER and involves the other two members of the actor's art collective, Nastja Ronkko and Luke Turner. Ronkko and Turner are also spending time isolated in separate cabins in Lapland beginning Wednesday. Visitors to the Kiasama museum in Helsinki can visit a cabin and send a text to LaBeouf, Ronkko and Turner, who can respond to visitors but can't talk to one another. -- ABC News read more
The FBI obtained a secret court order last summer to monitor the communications of an adviser to presidential candidate Donald Trump, part of an investigation into possible links between Russia and the campaign, law enforcement and other U.S. officials said.
The FBI and the Justice Department obtained the warrant targeting Carter Page's communications after convincing a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court judge that there was probable cause to believe Page was acting as an agent of a foreign power, in this case Russia, according to the officials.
The term "stingray" is like "Kleenex" -- in that it's a brand name that became so prominent, it's used to describe any similar product. The federal government tends to call these devices "cell-site simulators," and they're also known as IMSI catchers. Whatever you call them, they share a handful of things in common: They're illegal for civilians to use; they're expensive, ranging from some $40,000 to more than half a million dollars if you include accessories; their legality is still being figured out in our court system; and they vacuum up cell phone locations. Strikingly, only a handful of states, including California, Utah, Virginia, and Washington, actually require a warrant for their use, and to date there is no federal law that regulates them. read more