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News from the Department of Veterans Affairs
Today, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Dr. David J. Shulkin announced that VA plans to propose changes to regulations for its State Veterans Home Construction Grant Program to make it easier to for States to receive VA funding to construct Veterans homes in rural areas.
Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced that the two-month pilot phase of the new White House VA Hotline that began in June has demonstrated that Veterans calling the hotline respond best when their calls are answered by fellow Veterans and others with first-hand experience on their issues.
MSPB forces VA to take back fired official, VA exploring all options under new accountability authorities (8/9/2017)
On August 2, the Vice Chairman of the federal Merit Systems Protection Board ordered a stay of VA's removal of the former director of the Washington, D.C. VA Medical Center. MSPB's stay order requires VA to return Brian Hawkins, fired on July 28, to work pending the Office of Special Counsel's review of Hawkins' claim that he was wrongly terminated. VA has complied with the order and returned Hawkins to the payroll, but to an administrative position at the VA headquarters in Washington rather than to a patient-care position at the VA Medical Center.