Breaking News: Judge Orders EEOC to Collect Pay Data by September 30th

Judge Tanya S. Chutkan has ordered initial compliance with the EEO-1 pay data reporting obligation by September 30, 2019. As we previously reported, the EEOC has informed the court it could complete collection of data by September 30th by utilizing...

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VA Secretary praises department's model path to ending opioid addiction: Statement follows President Trump's remarks at summit addressing drug crisis

Calling the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs a recognized leader in pain management and opioid safety, VA Secretary Robert Wilkie today underscored the department's innovative approaches to chronic pain management.

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OFCCP Establishment Review Scheduling Letter Updates

This, our third and final blog in a series discussing the proposed changes to OFCCP’s scheduling letters, takes a look at the Agency’s proposed changes to the establishment review letter and itemized listing. With the appearance of Focused Reviews and...

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New text feature available through VA's Women Veterans Call Center: Users may now text, call or chat to learn about resources

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) added a text messaging feature to the Women Veterans Call Center on April 23, providing another convenient way for women to seek information about VA benefits, health care and available resources.

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VA's improvements to Veteran community care under MISSION Act on track for June 6 implementation

As the one-year anniversary of President Trump's signing of the VA Maintaining Internal Systems and Strengthening Integrated Outside Networks (MISSION) Act of 2018 approaches on June 6, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is making significant strides in implementing...

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OFCCP Proposes Revised Scheduling Letter for Compliance Checks

This is the second in our series of blogs on OFCCP’s proposed changes to its various scheduling letters. Our previous publication focused on the Agency’s new Section 503 and VEVRAA Focused Reviews.  In addition to rolling out the new Focused Reviews,...

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Details about OFCCP Proposed Focused Review Scheduling Letters

As we reported last week, OFCCP published in the Federal Register for Notice and Comment revised scheduling letters for Section 503 and VEVRAA Focused Reviews, Compliance Checks, and regular establishment compliance reviews. As a reminder, scheduling letters initiate a compliance review and...

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EEO-1 Pay Data Update: No Decision Yet

At the end of today’s hearing regarding employers’ EEO-1 pay data reporting obligations, Judge Tanya S. Chutkan entered an Order giving the parties until the end of the day on Monday, April 22 to file summaries of the day’s hearings and...

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VA ensures Veterans have same-day access to emergency mental health care

WASHINGTON - As part of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) efforts to provide the best mental health care access possible, VA is reminding Veterans that it offers all Veterans same-day access to emergency mental health care at any...

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VA National Cemetery Administration partners with Carry The Load to honor Veterans and their families

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced that its National Cemetery Administration (NCA) is partnering with Carry The Load, a nonprofit organization that provides active ways to connect Americans to the sacrifices made daily by the U.S. military,...

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OFCCP and ODEP Provide Insights for Good Disability and Inclusion Practices

By Laura A. Mitchell and Lisa B. Marsh Last Week, OFCCP Director Craig Leen and Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Office of Disability Employment Policy (“ODEP”) Jennifer Sheehy, joined with the National Industry Liaison Group to discuss disability and inclusion....

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Breaking News: OFCCP Proposes Revised Scheduling Letters for Section 503 and VEVRAA Audits

On April 12, 2019, OFCCP posted on the Federal Register for Notice and Comment revised scheduling letters for Section 503 and VEVRAA Focused Reviews as well Compliance Checks. The proposed Focused Review scheduling letters significantly increase the data submission required...

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Judge Orders Hearing in EEO-1 Pay Data Reporting Case

It appears employers will need to wait a bit longer to learn when they will be required to file their EEO-1 pay data. In an order filed April 11, Judge Tanya S. Chutkan set a hearing for 2:00 p.m. Eastern on April 16,...

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OFCCP Proposes Construction Compliance Check Letters

In furtherance of its work as an enforcement agency and its commitment to conduct reviews of more contractors, OFCCP posted in the Federal Register on Monday, April 8, 2019 its proposal for a series of compliance check audit letters for construction...

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VA increases contracting with Service-Disabled and Veteran-Owned Small Businesses: 5% growth in goals are first since FY 2010

Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) Robert Wilkie today announced an increase to the department's goals for contracting with Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (SDVOSB) and Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (VOSB).

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EEO-1 Pay Data Reporting Update

  In a brief filed April 3, 2019, the government informed the court that EEOC could complete collection of the required EEO-1 Component 2 pay data by September 3o, 2019, but only if it utilized a third party data collector to do so. The brief...

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VA researcher receives career award for contributions in hearing loss

A U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) researcher was recently recognized by the American Academy of Audiology for his work in improving the lives of Veterans and others affected by hearing loss.

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VA continues community suicide-prevention challenge

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department of Health and Human Services' Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) convened seven teams March 27-29 in Arlington, Virginia, for the Mayor's Challenge to Prevent Suicide Among Service...

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Veterans' Family, Caregiver and Survivor Advisory Committee provides recommendations to VA Secretary

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie commended the Veterans' Family, Caregiver and Survivor Federal Advisory Committee on March 27 for recommendations that will assist in the department meeting its commitment to improve the experiences of all those it serves.

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VA researcher links flu to heart-failure hospitalizations: Study offers strong evidence adults need annual immunization to avoid potential complications that lead to hospitalization

Influenza significantly increased the risk of hospitalization for heart failure, according to a study of more than 450,000 adults, which was published in the March 27 issue of Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA)/Cardiology, and headed by a Minneapolis...

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OFCCP Releases Revised VEVRAA Benchmark

Just in time for its next round of audits, OFCCP has released its annual review of the Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act (“VEVRAA”) benchmark.  And for the fifth consecutive year, the benchmark has been reduced benchmark.  It is now...

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New study finds rising VA employee engagement key to increased success at nearly 150 medical centers

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) received high marks from an independent March 25 study showing a significant relationship between employee engagement and work performance by VA medical center staff.

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VA 3D printing proves more useful for shoulder-surgery planning than current visualization methods

WASHINGTON - In keeping with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) efforts to improve health care services for Veterans, Baltimore VA Medical Center (VAMC) doctors recently demonstrated how 3D printing at VA is more useful for orthopedic surgeons in...

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VA offers $15 million in grant funding to support adaptive sports for disabled Veterans

WASHINGTON - Today, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced the availability of up to approximately $15 million in grants for community organizations that provide adaptive sports, including therapeutic recreational opportunities for disabled Veterans and disabled members of the...

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BREAKING NEWS: OFCCP Releases First CSAL of 2019

Today, OFCCP issued its first Corporate Scheduling Announcement List (CSAL) of 2019, providing advance notification of compliance reviews, including CMCEs, Section 503 Focused Reviews and compliance checks. True to expectations, the Agency vastly increased the number of locations subject to review to...

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VA partners with Objective Zero Foundation

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently partnered with the nonprofit Objective Zero Foundation to aid in connecting Veterans with suicide prevention support and resources.

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VA and National Multiple Sclerosis Society join forces to enhance health care services for Veterans

WASHINGTON - As part of the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) efforts to advance and improve the lives of Veterans living with multiple sclerosis (MS), the department announced its recent partnership with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

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Magazine honors VA's New Orleans Replacement Medical Center With ‘Best of the Best Health Care' award

An engineering and construction industry magazine recognized a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical center with a 'Best of the Best Health Care' honor at the publication's 54th Annual Award of Excellence Black-Tie Gala held March 21 in New...

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On eve of joint conference in August, DOD and VA issue call for strategies to prevent suicide

WASHINGTON - Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department of Defense (DOD) announced that they have again joined forces to host a biannual

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UPDATE: EEOC Has Until April 3 to Advise About Pay Data Reporting

In the continually developing story of employee pay data reporting, the Judge who overturned the stay on the EEO-1 reporting obligation has granted the government until April 3 to inform employers as to whether they will be required to report...

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VA to make new nasal spray drug available for treatment-resistant depression

WASHINGTON - Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced its health care providers will now be able to offer the newly approved Spravato nasal spray for treatment-resistant depression.

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VA on path to cure 100,000 Veterans of hepatitis C

WASHINGTON - Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced it is on track to eliminate the hepatitis C virus (HCV) in as few as two months, in all Veterans willing and able to be treated.

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VA releases health care inspection reports and staffing data for more than 100 Community Living Centers

Today, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) began publicly posting, for the first time, health care inspection reports and staffing data for its nursing home system.

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VA continues to pioneer new approaches for treating Veteran mental health conditions

VA continues to pioneer new approaches for treating Veteran mental health conditions New study demonstrates effectiveness of implementing collaborative team method

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Precision health initiative brings genetic testing to Veterans

Precision health initiative brings genetic testing to Veterans VA and Sanford Health join forces to provide free screenings, improve patient care for cancer survivors

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Statement by Secretary Robert Wilkie on President Trump's FY 2020 budget request

In President Trump's fiscal year (FY) 2020 budget, he has once again demonstrated his ongoing commitment to Veterans, ensuring greater quality, efficiency and timely service that our Veterans have earned and deserve.

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VA strengthens care and benefits for Veterans with $220 billion budget

President Donald J. Trump is proposing a total of $220.2 billion in his fiscal year (FY) 2020 budget for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), a 9.6 percent increase above fiscal 2019.

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OFCCP Launches Section 503 Focused Review Informational Webpage

In August 2018, OFCCP released Directive 2018-04 announcing the Agency’s implementation of Section 503 Focused Reviews. Long a priority Director Craig Leen, the Agency is hopeful the reviews will improve compliance with the regulations and promulgate EEO for Individuals with...

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VA selects 18 medical facilities to start ‘high reliability' journey: Initiative creates safe industry-wide environments with robust continuous process improvements

Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced the selection of 18 medical centers that will lead the way in the department's efforts to transform the nation's largest integrated health care system into a high reliability organization (HRO).

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President Trump signs executive order to empower Veterans and end Veterans suicide

Today President Donald J. Trump signed an executive order titled 'National Initiative to Empower Veterans and End Veterans Suicide,' which focuses on improving the quality of life for America's Veterans and ending the tragedy of Veteran suicide.

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BREAKING NEWS: Judge Vacates Stay of EEO-1 Pay Data Reporting Tool

As Bloomberg Law first reported, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has found the government did not have proper justification to stay implementation of the EEOC’s pay data collection tool.  As a result, the court has vacated the 2017 stay...

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VA's Center for Women Veterans kicks off Women's History Month with 'Trailblazers' campaign

WASHINGTON - Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it will celebrate the start of Women's History Month in March with a kickoff event on March 6, from 2-4 p.m. at the Women in Military Service for...

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Secretary Wilkie testifies that VA will accelerate disability benefits claims processing for Purple Heart Medal recipients

Today at a congressional hearing VA Secretary Robert Wilkie announced that effective in April, it will provide priority disability benefits claims processing for the initial claims from discharged combat Veterans who have been awarded the Purple Heart Medal.

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Head’s-Up: OFCCP to Post CSAL in Mid-to-Late March 2019

OFCCP announced Friday that it will post a new Corporate Scheduling Announcement List (CSAL)(formerly known as Corporate Scheduling Announcement Letter or Courtesy Scheduling Announcement Letter) in “mid-to-late March.”  As previously announced, OFCCP now makes the CSAL publically available and, for the first...

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VA's proposed rules for Veteran community care now open for public comment

Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced the publication beginning tomorrow of a proposed regulation in the Federal Register for the new Veterans community care program, including access standards. The proposed regulation would establish new rules for the...

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VA's Appeals Modernization Act takes effect today: New law streamlines department's current claims and appeals process for Veterans

Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it has implemented the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017, which was signed into law Aug. 23, 2017, and represents one of the most significant statutory changes to...

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VA's ‘Better Starts Today' campaign challenges Veterans to ditch smokeless tobacco

WASHINGTON - Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it will mark the annual Great American Spit Out on Feb. 21, calling attention to the dangers of using smokeless tobacco, with its 'Better Starts Today' campaign.

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VA publishes interim final rule on cash-out home loans to further protect Veterans

WASHINGTON - Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced that it has published an interim final rule relating to VA-guaranteed cash-out refinance loans to further protect Veteran home-loan borrowers from predatory lending practices.

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VA to receive new Fisher Houses in Michigan, Colorado and Nebraska, which offer temporary lodging to Veterans' families and caregivers

Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that Fisher House Foundation plans to construct three new 16-suite Fisher Houses at VA campuses in Ann Arbor, Michigan; Aurora, Colorado; and Omaha, Nebraska that will provide temporary accommodations for the...

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VA's Rapid Appeals Modernization Program to end ahead of implementation of new Veteran appeals law

Today, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced it will discontinue the Rapid Appeals Modernization Program (RAMP), which provided eligible Veterans with early resolutions to their appealed claims, ahead of full implementation of the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization...

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OFCCP Releases New Enterprise-wide Voluntary Compliance Program

On the eve of St. Valentine’s Day, OFCCP is wanting contractors to feel the love.  In its fourth directive of fiscal year 2019, OFCCP has unveiled a Voluntary Enterprise-wide Review Program, otherwise referred to as VERP.  Directive 2019-04 states VERP...

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VA seeks training providers to ready Veterans for high-tech careers

Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced it is inviting training providers to participate in a new pilot program to prepare Veterans for careers in the high-tech workforce.

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OFCCP Receives Approval for Section 503 Focused Review Scheduling Letter

Last August we reported on OFCCP’s announcement  (DIR 2018-04) that starting in 2019 it would be conducting truncated “Focused Reviews” that centered on compliance with AAP requirements under Section 503 (Individuals with Disabilities) and VEVRAA (Veterans). If everything goes according to...

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Applications opening soon for 2019 National Veterans Golden Age Games: Anchorage, Alaska, event kicks off June 5

Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it will begin accepting applicants on Feb. 25 for the 2018 National Veterans Golden Age Games, scheduled to take place June 5-10 in Anchorage, Alaska.

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Registration opens for 2019 National Veterans Wheelchair Games: Event to be held July 11-16 in Louisville, KY

WASHINGTON - Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that Veterans interested in registering for the 2019 National Veterans Wheelchair Games can do so online Jan. 7 through April 15.

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VA to provide capability for Veterans to access their VA health data on Apple iPhones

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will release new capabilities this summer providing Veterans who receive care at VA with the ability to access their personal medical data using the Health Records on iPhone feature from Apple.

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Statement on the passing of Congressman Walter B. Jones Jr. of North Carolina

It is with great sadness that we mark the passing of Congressman Walter Jones. For over fifty years Congressman Jones and his father tirelessly represented the United States Marines at Camp Lejeune and Cherry Point and thousands of Veterans across...

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VA announces mortality data collaboration with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

WASHINGTON - Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced the recent start of a new partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to improve public health surveillance data.

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VA exceeds 1 million video telehealth visits in FY2018: One-year achievement represents a 19% increase over previous year

WASHINGTON - Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it has reached a telehealth milestone, achieving more than 1 million video telehealth visits in one fiscal year (FY18), a 19 percent increase in video telehealth visits over...

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