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  • Ethiopia Human Rights Abuses Spark U.S. Congressional Action
    Posted in In the News on September 30, 2016 | Preview rr

    A bipartisan group of U.S. Representatives has proposed legislation targeted at the government of Ethiopia, after Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch documented hundreds of cases of alleged human rights abuses. House Resolution 861, titled “Supporting respect for human rights and encouraging inclusive governance in Ethiopia,” was introduced by Reps. Chris Smith (R-NJ), Keith Ellison (D-MN), Al Green (D-TX), Mike Coffman (R-CO), and Eliot Engel (D-NY). Read more

  • House Republicans cite concerns over SpaceX explosion
    Posted in In the News on September 30, 2016 | Preview rr

    A group of 10 Republican members of Congress wrote Thursday that they are increasingly concerned about SpaceX’s ability to safely fly NASA astronauts and national security satellites after the company recently suffered its second rocket explosion in just over a year. In a letter to the Air Force, NASA and the Federal Aviation Administration, the group said SpaceX should not be leading the investigation into its most recent failure, and that authority should be turned over to the federal governme... Read more

  • Congressmen seek answers about Falcon 9 accident
    Posted in In the News on September 29, 2016 | Preview rr

    Ten members of Congress sent a letter to several government agencies about the Sept. 1 explosion of a SpaceX Falcon 9, raising questions about government use and oversight of the launch vehicle. The four-page letter, whose lead author is Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Colo.), was sent Sept. 29 to NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, FAA Administrator Michael Huerta and Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James. It comes four weeks after a Falcon 9 exploded on the pad during preparations for a static-fire... Read more

  • VA offers partial response to Congress, leaves big questions unanswered
    Posted in In the News on September 29, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    Responding to a subpoena request from Congress, the Department of Veterans Affairs this week turned over some — but not all — of its investigative findings into a Colorado hospital that blew its construction budget by more than $1 billion. The documents, which include the transcripts of 18 interviews previously off-limits to lawmakers, could provide new clues about why the unfinished medical complex in Aurora saw its price jump from $604 million to about $1.7 billion. But congressional aides sai... Read more

  • End the VA suicide hotline’s busy signal
    Posted in In the News on September 27, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    Fumbling the phone call of a suicidal veteran reaching out to a hotline for help is an unthinkable failure on the long list of dangerous mistakes perpetrated by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Ensuring that veterans teetering on the brink are not met with a busy signal or a voice message when they call a phone number established solely to keep them from falling seems like a fairly basic responsibility. But it’s one that the VA seems incapable of accomplishing. The Associated Press revealed o... Read more

  • U.S. lawmakers formally request perjury probe over Aurora VA hospital
    Posted in In the News on September 23, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    DENVER — A bipartisan group of lawmakers formally asked the U.S. Justice Department Thursday to investigate whether Veterans Affairs Department executives lied to Congress to conceal massive cost overruns at a Denver-area hospital. Twelve Republicans and nine Democrats on the House Veterans Affairs Committee made the request in a letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch. “It is an absolute fact that numerous VA officials repeatedly misled Congress regarding cost overruns related to the replaceme... Read more

  • Lawmakers want perjury investigation over costly Aurora VA hospital; COFFMAN: ‘He lied’
    Posted in In the News on September 22, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    | Federal prosecutors should investigate whether a former Veterans Affairs Department executive committed perjury when he testified about the cost of a new Aurora VA hospital, which is more than $1 billion over budget, members of Congress said. Florida Rep. Jeff Miller, chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, and Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Colo., said Wednesday the Justice Department should investigate Glenn Haggstrom’s statements to Congress in 2013 and 2014. The VA’s internal watchdog rel... Read more

  • IG finds mismanagement, possible perjury in case of new VA hospital
    Posted in In the News on September 22, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    Leaders behind a plan for a new Department of Veterans Affairs hospital in Aurora, Colo., agreed to a grandiose design and ignored repeated, early warnings about the costs, driving it into financial failure, according to a report issued Wednesday. The VA’s internal watchdog released findings from a yearlong investigation of the Aurora hospital, which has taken 20 years to develop and is expected to cost $1.7 billion – more than double the budget approved for the facility before breaking ground i... Read more

  • Inquiry Finds ‘Gross Mismanagement’ In Costly VA Hospital
    Posted in In the News on September 21, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    DENVER (AP) – Gross mismanagement, delays and lax oversight by the Veterans Affairs Department added hundreds of millions of dollars to the cost of a new VA hospital In Aurora, federal investigators said Wednesday. A report from the department’s internal watchdog also said a former senior VA official, Glenn Haggstrom, knew the project was veering toward huge cost overruns but didn’t tell lawmakers that when he testified before Congress in 2013 and 2014. That prompted lawmakers to call for a perj... Read more

  • Investigators find ‘gross mismanagement’ tripled cost of Aurora VA hospital
    Posted in In the News on September 21, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    Colo. -- Federal investigators say “gross mismanagement,” delays and lax oversight by the Department of Veterans Affairs added millions of dollars to the cost of the Aurora VA hospital. The report from the Office of Inspector General released Wednesday said that former senior VA official Glenn Haggstrom knew the project would go over budget, but didn’t tell lawmakers when he testified before Congress in 2013 and 2014. “This was a failure of government at every level within the VA,” Sen. Cory Gar... Read more

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