The Senate has announced long-awaited hearings for three nominees to the Merit System Protection Board. The agency that handles appeals from the Civil Service Commission has lack a quorum to do business for more than 18 months.
Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie said he is not concerned about the president's request that all agencies cut their budgets by 5 percent next year, adding that he does not think Congress will go along with it where VA is concerned.
Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) is pushing the Defense Department for information on how it will fix derelict homes on several bases in Virginia. The inquiry comes after a report from Reuters that detailed serious hazards in military housing across the country