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  • VA Agrees to Investigate Bronx VA Facility
    Posted in Press Releases on June 15, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Kathleen Rice announced today that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Inspector General has agreed to investigate allegations of abuse of purchase cards at a VA health care facility in the Bronx. Rice, a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, called for the investigation during a May subcommittee hearing on allegations of waste, fraud and abuse in VA’s Purchase Card Program, which allows certain VA emplo... Read more

  • WNYC: U.S. To Investigate Bronx VA Hospital
    Posted in In the News on June 15, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    WNYC By Sean Carlson The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is investigating the potential abuse of charge cards at a VA hospital in the Bronx. Lawmakers are asking to see records of $50 million worth of purchases made by a supervisor at the James J. Peters VA Medical Center. The VA says records of those purchases were destroyed by Sandy. Rep. Kathleen Rice of Long Island, who called for the investigation, said that's too convenient. "Everyone knows how devastating Superstorm Sandy was, but it... Read more

  • REP. RICE'S FIRST BILL PASSES IN THE HOUSE WITH UNANIMOUS BIPARTISAN SUPPORT
    Posted in Press Releases on May 18, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Kathleen Rice’s first legislation passed in the House today with unanimous bipartisan support. H.R. 1382, the Boosting Rates of American Veteran Employment (BRAVE) Act, which Rice introduced in March, passed by a vote of 404-0. The legislation authorizes the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, when awarding VA contracts, to give preference to companies that have high concentrations of full-time veteran employees, which will reward contractors that actively hire vetera... Read more

  • Rep. Rice passes her first bill in the House
    Posted in In the News on May 18, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    By Tom Brune Newsday WASHINGTON - Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-Garden City) Monday passed her first bill as a member of Congress, a measure that would allow the Department of Veterans Affairs to give preference in awarding contracts to companies with high concentrations of veteran employees. The bill, supported by veterans groups and both parties, passed by a vote of 404-0. Now Rice must find someone to introduce her bill in the Senate, where it must be passed or die. An aide said Rice is working on fi... Read more

  • House passes bills to boost veterans' assistance
    Posted in In the News on May 18, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    By Cristina Marcos The Hill The House approved a package of legislation on Monday to enhance federal assistance programs for veterans. One of the bills, passed 404-0, would authorize the Secretary of Veterans' Affairs (VA) to give preference to entities that employ veterans on a full-time basis when awarding federal procurement contracts. The measure's sponsor, Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-N.Y.), said it would provide an incentive for companies to employ veterans returning from wars in Iraq or Afghanis... Read more

  • OFFICIAL: VA IMPROPERLY SPENDS $5 BILLION A YEAR ON HEALTH
    Posted in In the News on May 14, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    By Matthew Daly Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Department of Veterans Affairs is improperly spending at least $5 billion a year for medical care and supplies being purchased in violation of required practices for competitive bidding and written contracts, a senior VA official said Thursday. "Gross mismanagement" by senior agency leaders has wasted billions of dollars and made a "mockery" of federal laws regarding purchasing of goods and services, said Jan Frye, deputy assistant secretar... Read more

  • At congressional hearing, VA gets an earful over Aurora hospital
    Posted in In the News on April 15, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    By John Daley Colorado Public Radio Members of Congress denounced the Department of Veterans Affairs on a variety of fronts regarding the agency's handling of the long-delayed and over-budget new medical center under construction in Aurora. Members of the House Veterans Affairs Committee grilled VA Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson about problems with oversight, designs, contracting, record-keeping and possible reforms. They criticized the VA for not punishing top executives overseeing the project b... Read more

  • House members angry over VA’s response to whistleblowers
    Posted in In the News on April 14, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    The Washington Post When Christian Head testified before Congress last year in an effort “to improve the health care provided to our country’s heroes,” his bosses at the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System (GLAHS) were not pleased. Not long after returning to Los Angeles, the head and neck surgeon was moved from an office in the chief of staff’s suite to a former storage room two floors below — “a tiny, dirty, poorly furnished closet-sized” space with a cracked ... Read more

  • Isolated. Harassed. Their personal lives investigated. That’s life as a VA whistleblower, employees tell Congress.
    Posted in In the News on April 14, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    By Emily Wax-Thibodeaux The Washington Post Some whistleblowers at the Department of Veterans Affairs say they were demoted, then moved into windowless storage rooms, or basements. Others found their medical backgrounds scrutinized, and even their mental health and personal lives investigated. Even after their cases were cleared, those who retaliate against them were rarely if ever punished, they say. This is the tortured life described by whistleblowers in the VA. The agency has the highest num... Read more

  • VETERANS ORGANIZATIONS BACK REP. RICE'S BRAVE ACT
    Posted in Press Releases on March 25, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    WASHINGTON – At a House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity legislative hearing yesterday, U.S. Representative Kathleen Rice’s BRAVE Act (H.R. 1382) received the support of several major veterans organizations, including Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), the American Legion, and Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA). The bill is now scheduled to be marked up by the Subcommittee on April 16, 2015. The BRAVE Act (Boosting Rates of American Veteran Employment) is the firs... Read more

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