The Federal Thrift Retirement Investment Board's Greg Long and Kim Weaver join hosts Bob Leins and Tammy Flanagan to discuss the TSP and plans to use a loan from the G Fund to help fund the federal deficit.
- A system that replaces verbal communication between pilots and air traffic controllers with computerized messages was unveiled Thursday by federal aviation officials, who said the system will reduce delays during weather events and cut down on errors that occur during routine voice transmissions.
- The National Security Agency has begun winding down its collection and storage of American phone records after the Senate failed to agree on a path forward to change or extend the once-secret program ahead of its expiration at the end of the month.
GAO categorized its concerns about VA's ability to ensure the timeliness, cost-effectiveness, quality, and safety of veterans' health care, into five broad areas:
1. Ambiguous policies and inconsistent processes: Ambiguous VA policies lead to inconsistency in the way its facilities carry out processes at the local level
2. Inadequate oversight and accountability: Weaknesses in VA's ability to hold its health care facilities accountable and ensure identified problems are resolved in a timely and appropriate manner.
3. Information technology challenges: Outdated, inefficient nature of certain systems, along with a lack of system interoperability.
4. Inadequate training for VA staff: Gaps in VA training that could put the quality and safety of veterans' health at risk or training requirements are burdensome to complete.
5. Unclear resource needs and allocation priorities: GAO has found gaps in the availability of data required by VA to efficiently identify resource needs and ensure resources are effectively allocated across the VA.
In some organizations, these efforts already are bearing fruit in the form of savings and efficiencies, according to some DoD officials. At the Defense Health Agency, rationalization efforts are currently under way — but they aren't necessarily easily, officials admit.
"We're rationalizing our portfolio of the existing applications and solutions that we have. [We want] one Military Health System solution vice three or four applications, which is typically the case," said Col Chip Terry, Air Force Medical Service CIO. "In MHS we had 26 applications for e-learning, and we're in the process of going down to one. It's extremely tough work; you don't just go in [and] turn it off. You have to communicate with the end user and have an exit strategy and plan for how to take care of their needs."
This two-hour webinar will explore links between post-traumatic stress disorder and domestic violence in military couples. It will present background information on intimate partner violence in military populations, the development and treatment elements of interventions,treatment outcome data and current efforts to implement the programs. There will also be specific tips and skills for working with this challenging population.
This webinar will discuss the basics of target date mutual funds — how they work, advantages and disadvantages, historical performance, risk factors and their use as a default investment option in employer retirement savings plans. We will also learn about the composition and characteristics of the Thrift Savings Plan Lifecycle fund available to service members and federal government employees, as well as the upcoming change of using the Lifecycle fund as the default Thrift Savings Plan investment option.
MySECO is your one-stop online source for all the career and education information you need. Developed just for military spouses, the MySECO site has tools to let you research career fields, search for scholarships, create a career plan or build your resume. Find out what MySECO can do for you.
Tired of the same old job search? Let the Military Spouse Employment Partnership Career Portal connect you with more than 260 companies committed to hiring and promoting military spouses in portable careers. On the site, you can post your resume, search job openings and learn more about the partner organizations.
Whether you need to find the commissary, locate the housing office or track down fun things to do at your new duty station, MilitaryINSTALLATIONS has you covered. Each installation’s listing includes pictures, contacts and area-specific information.
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