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Justice Department Decision Weakens Independence Of Inspectors General PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 12 August 2015 05:45

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - The principle of independent agency oversight by inspectors general has been turned "on its head," by a recent Justice Department decision, according to the director of the Council of Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency.

In an interview with Federal News Radio, Michael Horowiz, inspector general at the Justice Department, said the recent opinion from Justice's Office of Legal Counsel requires inspectors general to ask permission to get certain records rather than automatically having access to them as independent watchdogs.

Read the full story at federalnewsradio.com.

 
Gen. Robert Abrams Takes Command Of U.S. Army Forces, Will Be Based At Ft. Bragg PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 11 August 2015 05:30

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - The storied Abrams family tradition continues as Gen. Robert Abrams sets to take command of U.S. Army forces, a job based at Ft. Bragg.

Abrams will be responsible for the training and deployment of more than 800,000 active and reserve soldiers. He replaces Gen. Mark Milley, who has been appointed to the Joint Chiefs of Staff in Washington D.C.

Abrams is the son of former Army Chief of Staff Creighton Abrams, for whom the M1 tank is named.

Gen. Robert Abrams is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy.

 
U.S. Senate and House Adjourn For Summer Recess PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 10 August 2015 05:42

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Expect to see Sens. Richard Burr and Thom Tillis and members of the Congressional delegation in North Carolina during August. That's because the summer recess on Capitol Hill has begun.

Both chambers have adjourned until September 7.

The official Senate calendar lists August 10 through September 7 as "State Work Period."

The U.S. House of Representatives calendar lists the same period as "District Work Periods."

 
President Warns He Will Veto House Bill That Makes It Easier To Fire VA Employees Engaged In Misconduct PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 31 July 2015 05:43

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - The U.S House vote in favor of the VA Accountability Act of 2015 was overwhelming this week -- 256 to 170 -- but President Obama is threatening to veto the legislation that makes it easier to fire or demote Veterans Affairs Department employees for misconduct or poor performance.

Federal News Radio reports the legislation would allow for the reduction of grade or pay rate. An employee could appeal a firing or demotion.

"While VA supports authority permitting efficient removal of employees who have
engaged in misconduct, this bill will have unintended consequences," said a statement from the Obama administration. "It would make conditions of employment in VA significantly less attractive than in other Federal agencies or in the private sector, and as a result, would discourage outstanding VA employees from remaining in VA and dramatically impair VA’s ability to recruit top talent, including veterans."

The full statement can be found at  https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/omb/legislative/sap/114/saphr1994r_20150728.pdf.

The full bill can be found at https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/1994

 
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