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Federal Employees News Digest : Sep 16, 2013
retaliation for a protected disclosure, federal employees will have a clear dis- incentive against blowing the whistle,” Grassley told the president in the letter. “ Therefore, I respectfully request that you issue an executive order clarify- ing that neither DOD nor any other agency has received the authority del- egated from you to make final, unre- viewable decisions regarding suitability determinations and clarifying that such determinations should be made under the provisions of 5 U.S.C. § 7513, which permits MSPB review.” Grassley closed his letter by calling on Obama to keep a 2008 campaign promise to strengthen whistleblower protections. “I trust that you will keep the commit- ment you made to the American people to ensure due process for whistleblow- ers,” he wrote. See the letter at: www.grassley.senate. gov/judiciary/upload/Whistleblowers- 09-03-13-letter-to-WH-Kaplan-Berry-v - Conyers-protections.pdf. House panel targets VA patient safety The House Committee on Veterans Affairs is putting pressure on the Department of Veterans Affairs for approv- ing performance pay and awards for cer- tain VA executives, even as patient safety suffered at facilities under their oversight. As a prelude to a hearing on the issue held last week, the committee created a web page listing more than a dozen instances in which VA managers received performance pay and awards while their facilities faltered. The committee’s “VA Accountability Watch” page cites reports from the VA Office of Inspector General which docu- mented incidents of mismanagement, as well as a Government Accountability Office study that found no clear link between performance and performance pay and awards. “VA Accountability Watch is dedi- cated to showing America’s veterans and American taxpayers how the department’s widespread and systemic lack of account- ability may actually be encouraging more veteran suffering instead of preventing it,” states the website. The page, which lists examples of the alleged disconnect at VA between perfor- mance and performance pay and awards, also solicits citizen comments on the com- mittee’s Facebook page. The web page came in advance of a Sept. 9 committee hearing—”A Matter of Life and Death: Examining Preventable Deaths, Patient-Safety Issues and Bonuses for VA Execs Who Oversaw Them”—held in Pittsburgh, one of the sites where execu- tives were rewarded for their performance even as the facilities they oversaw experi- enced incidents of mismanagement, poor September 16, 2013 Vol. 63, No. 9 4 Visit us on the Internet at www.FederalDaily.com continued from page 3 2014 Federal Employees Almanac Your one-stop resource on federal benefits — completely revised with the latest 2014 rules, regulations, and procedures! Reserve NOW for Best Savings www.FederalDaily.com/catalog • 800.989.3363 Shipping February 2014 2014AlmanacFederalEmployees2014AlmanacFederalEmployees2014AlmanacFederalEmployees continued on page 5
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