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First there was the General Services Administration’s Las Vegas blowout. Now there’s the Department of Veterans Affairs’ “Patton” parody. And it’s attracted the attention of an influential pair of Republicans, House oversight committee chair Darrell Issa of California and Texas Sen. John Cornyn, chair of the Senate Republicans’ campaign committee.
-- Are you a veteran with a job? Then thank Michelle Obama, because she is taking credit for it. In a speech Wednesday at Naval Station Mayport, Fla., Mrs. Obama touted the Joining Forces campaign, which seeks to assist veterans and their spouses in finding employment. The program claims to have helped 125,000 find jobs in the past year, and it is securing commitments for future veteran hires. “These companies are not making these decisions just because it’s the right thing to do — which it is,” said Mrs. Obama. “They’re doing it because it’s the smart thing to do for their bottom lines.”
The Department of Veterans Affairs is being investigated by the Office of the Inspector General for allegedly spending millions on two human resources conferences held in Orlando last year.
The chairman and ranking Democrat on the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee today pushed Secretary of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, retired General Eric Shinseki, to clarify conflicting testimony about VA conferences.
A second federal agency in a year to be accused of wasting taxpayer at conferences with a House committee finding a long list of questionable expenses from Veterans Affairs Department get-togethers.