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Congress approves funding to keep VA hospitals open

The Veterans Affairs Department won't have to suspend hospital operations this month because Congress approved funding to close the agency's budget shortfall.

Federal court: USPS must roll back rate hike, but not right away

The Postal Service will have to roll back the rate hike it instituted last year to help the beleaguered agency stay afloat, but USPS will get more time to collect profits from the price increase, says a July Postal Regulatory Commission statement about a federal appeals court ruling.

Large medical device companies profited despite ACA tax, GAO says

Despite worries over a provision to the Affordable Care Act that taxes medical devices, large companies manufacturing those products saw an increase in profits, according to a July 30 Government Accountability Office report.

Whistleblower blasts VA OIG for rooting out employees who come forward

Several whistleblowers and a government watchdog group lambasted the Veterans Affairs Department inspector general over the treatment of employees who have come forward to expose wrongdoing at the agency.

VA dep sec: Digital transformation has slashed disability claims backlog

The Veterans Affairs Department has taken steps to go digital in an effort to reduce the number of backlogged disability claims, virtually eliminating the old paper system that has bogged down the VA for years, said VA Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson at a July 31 industry event.

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