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Federal Employees News Digest : Dec 16, 2013
December 16, 2013 Vol. 63, No. 22 5 Visit us on the Internet at www.FederalDaily.com that our Dismissal and Closure proce- dures extend beyond just winter weath- er emergencies and can be necessary at any time,” she said. The updated guide is available at w ww.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/ pay-leave/reference-materials/hand- books/dcdismissal.pdf. Accuracy problems persist at VBA The Veterans Benefits Administration continues to face challenges in ensuring vets receive timely and accurate benefits and service. In a statement presented this month to a House Veterans Affairs subcommittee, a Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General official outlined concerns about the ability of the VBA to comply with its own mission. An inter- nal audit found that, for example, of 77 inspections of its regional offices in the last four years, errors were found in 31 percent of traumatic brain injury claims. “More than half of the errors we identi- fied were due to VARO [Veterans Affairs Regional Offices] staff using inadequate medical examination reports to evalu- ate residual disabilities associated with traumatic brain injuries,” said the state- ment from Sondra McCauley, VA deputy assistant IG for audits and evaluations. Such operational issues add a signifi- cant burden on the entire claims pro- cess, including a waste of the govern- ment funds needed to fix the improp- erly processed claims, McCauley stated. “While VBA made some incremental progress through its own initiatives and in response to our prior report recom- mendations, more work remains to be done. We will continue to look for ways to promote improvements in benefits delivery operations during our future nationwide audits and VARO inspec- tions,” she concluded. See the statement at: www.va.gov/ oig/pubs/statements/VAOIG-statement- 20131204-mccauley.pdf. Telecommuting pledge effort kicks off Last week about 900 workers so far had pledged through a mobile work advocacy group to participate in next year’s Telework Week. Last year, more than 136,000 workers signed the pledge, about 82 percent of them from the fed- eral government. Mobile Work Exchange—an orga- nization that promotes telework—on its website provides an official sign-up form for workers to commit to work remotely on March 3-7, 2014. So far, slightly more than 900 workers have taken the pledge to participate in continued on page 8 FederalDAILY Answer Book For Federal Employees Phased Retirement Phased Retirement - 2013 Edition FederalDAILY’s Answer Book: Phased Retirement for Federal Employees will provide information about how the program works and the affect it has on benefits and income. Learn about: · Eligibility rules for phased retirement · Benefits during phased retirement · The purpose of phased retirement · Requesting estimates of unpaid deposits and redeposits · Entering “full” retirement after a phased retirement period · And more! FederalDAILY Answer Books are only $9.95, but offer a wealth of information – so order your guide today! www.FederalDAILY.com/catalog or 800.989.3363 ORDER THE 2013 EDITION TODAY! continued from page 4
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