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Cruz and Donnelly announce bill to help Reservists get federal employment

Two Senators introduced bipartisan legislation Feb. 26 that would give members of the National Guard and Reserve a tiered preference in hiring for federal civil service jobs. Senators Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) introduced the Military Reserve Jobs Act of 2015, the text of which has not been released, but is similar to a measure introduced by the pair in 2013.

GAO: Indian Affairs doesn't know the state of its schools across the country

The Bureau of Indian Education doesn't know the state of its schools across the country due to inaccurate or incomplete data collected by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, says a Feb. 27 Government Accountability Office report. GAO's investigation shows that issues with the quality of data on school conditions – such as inconsistent data entry by schools and inadequate quality controls – make determining the number of schools in poor condition difficult.

Former NARA official comes out in support of new FOIA reform bill

A former National Archives and Records Administration official spoke out in support of a new bill that would strengthen Freedom of Information Act protections.

Official: IRS needs more money, but must also prove to Congress that the agency deserves it

An Internal Revenue Service official called on Congress to help the agency turn around its inability to provide adequate customer service due to budget cuts. But the IRS must also prove to Congress that it can properly manage the agency.

IG: Arkansas VA office changed disability claim processing dates, but were within VA guidance

Employees at a Veterans Affairs Department regional office in Arkansas changed the dates on disability claims to make it appear that the office wasn't falling behind in processing them, says a Feb. 26 VA inspector general report. The report says that staff at the Little Rock regional office claim they were following guidance handed down from the Veterans Benefits Administration.

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