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N.C. Military Affairs Advisor Appointed To U.S. Veterans Administration’s Advisory Committee PDF Print E-mail
Federal Government
By Administrator   
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 05:33

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - General Cornell A. Wilson Jr., a retired Major General of the United States Marine Corps and the current Military Affairs Advisor to Gov. Pat McCrory, was recently appointed to the U.S. Veterans Administration’s Advisory Committee for Minority Veterans.

Gen. Wilson is attending his first meeting this week in Washington D.C.

The Committee consists of veterans who represent minority groups and are recognized authorities in fields pertinent to the needs of the minority group they embody.
 
According to the VA, some responsibilities of the Committee include:

-- Advising the Secretary and Congress on VA’s administration of benefits and provisions of healthcare, benefits, and services to minority Veterans.

-- Providing an Annual report to congress outlining recommendations, concerns and observations on VA’s delivery of services to minority Veterans.

-- Meeting with VA officials, Veteran Service Organizations, and other stakeholders to assess the Department’s efforts in providing benefits and outreach to Minority Veterans.

-- Making periodic site visits and holding town hall meetings with Veterans to address their concerns.

 
Feds May Mine Social Media Of Those With/Seeking Seeking Security Clearance PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Tuesday, 28 October 2014 08:21

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Obtaining a federal security clearance could get sticky for people who freely post their views, opinions, and associations on social media.

Federal News Radio reports that intelligence officials are using volunteers in "good standing" for pilot progerams that look at if/how officials can/should use the Internet, court records, and real estate data to evaluate whether someone should be given clearance.

Officials hope to analyze the results and come to a conclusion by the end of the year.

The Federal News Radio story says the federal government is also looking at continual monitoring of those with clearance, rather than periodic reviews.

The complete story can be found at federalnewsradio.com.

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 October 2014 08:22
 
USDA Showcases Investments In Rural North Carolina PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Friday, 24 October 2014 05:23

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Federal agriculture officials have released a report showing the agency's commitment to boosting economic growth in rural North Carolina.

 
The data about the Tar Heel is part of the larger report, "Made in Rural America," released this week by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
 
"Through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s projects in affordable housing, energy efficiency, roads and bridges, and internet access, coupled with loans and grants for rural businesses, the Administration has helped to attract and retain a talented rural labor force, improve connectivity and access to information, move products to market, and make rural communities competitive—ultimately supporting strong local economies and expanded opportinities for rural North Carolina families," said the report.
 
The report discusses efforts in exports, connectivity, housing, water, and manufacturing.
 
You can find the report at http://www.usda.gov/documents/NorthCarolinaRuralMade.pdf
Last Updated on Friday, 24 October 2014 05:23
 
GAO: Some Federal Employees On Paid Leave For Up To 3 Years PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 22 October 2014 05:25

 

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Federal agencies have discretion to use paid leave as they see fit, but a new report from the GAO has revealed abuses, including leaves of up to three years.
 
The GAO reviewed five agencies for its study: the Departments of Defense (DOD), the Interior, and Veterans Affairs (VA); the General Services Administration; and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).
 
According to the GAO report:
 
"After separating federal holidays from the payroll data, OPM-reported data showed that from fiscal year 2011 through 2013, paid administrative leave accounted for less than 1 percent of total paid work days and estimated salary cost. 
 
Over these 3 years, about 97 percent of employees charged 20 days or less (see figure). For the same time period, 263 employees charged between 1 and 3 years of paid administrative leave, with an estimated salary cost of $31 million."
 
The reports says the most common reason for extended paid leave relates to personell issues such as investigations into misconduct.
 
The entire report can be found at GAO.gov.
 
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