Senators: Payroll delays lead to fraud/ AFGE commemorates birthday

25. August, 2015|president's briefing|No comments

(August 25, 2015)

In order to further improve the lines of communication and to respond to the concerns between the National VA Council and you our members, I have established a National VA Council Briefing. This NVAC Briefing will bring you the latest news and developments within DVA and provide you with the current status of issues this Council is currently addressing. I believe that this NVAC Briefing will greatly enhance the way in which we communicate and the way in which we share new information, keeping you better informed.

 

Alma L. Lee

National VA Council, President

 

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In This Briefing:   Senators: Payroll delays lead to fraud/ AFGE commemorates birthday

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Senators concerned that fed payroll processing delays lead to identity theft and tax fraud

 

Leading lawmakers on the Senate Finance Committee are decrying the slow processing of tax forms for federal employees-and, specifically, that these delays facilitate identity theft and tax fraud.

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Major federal employee union commemorates birthday

 

The American Federation of Government Employees, a federal employee union with hundreds of thousands of members, is celebrating its birthday this month.

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The Koch Brothers are about to Destroy Veterans Health Care and No one knows about it?

20. August, 2015|president's briefing|No comments

(August 20, 2015)

 

In order to further improve the lines of communication and to respond to the concerns between the National VA Council and you our members, I have established a National VA Council Briefing. This NVAC Briefing will bring you the latest news and developments within DVA and provide you with the current status of issues this Council is currently addressing. I believe that this NVAC Briefing will greatly enhance the way in which we communicate and the way in which we share new information, keeping you better informed.

 

Alma L. Lee

National VA Council, President

 

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In This Briefing:   The Koch Brothers are about to Destroy Veterans Health Care and No one knows about it?

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VA Announces New Rules Regarding Service Animals in VA Facilities

18. August, 2015|president's briefing|No comments

(August 18, 2015)

 

In order to further improve the lines of communication and to respond to the concerns between the National VA Council and you our members, I have established a National VA Council Briefing. This NVAC Briefing will bring you the latest news and developments within DVA and provide you with the current status of issues this Council is currently addressing. I believe that this NVAC Briefing will greatly enhance the way in which we communicate and the way in which we share new information, keeping you better informed.

 

Alma L. Lee

National VA Council, President

 

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In This Briefing: VA Announces New Rules Regarding Service Animals in VA Facilities

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WASHINGTON – Today the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it has revised its regulation regarding the presence of animals on VA property. The updated regulation will ensure VA practices remain consistent with applicable federal law. It will also assist individuals entering VA facilities in developing a clear and consistent understanding of the criteria governing facility access for service animals.

“As I have traveled to VA facilities throughout the country, I have heard from many Veterans about what a vital role their service animals play in their lives,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald. “The revised regulation will ensure Veterans and employees have clear guidance regarding the presence of service animals in our facilities. VA remains committed to ensuring America’s Veterans have access to the health care benefits for which they are eligible.”

Under the revised regulation, only dogs that are individually trained to perform work or tasks on behalf of an individual with a disability will be considered service animals.  Other animals will not be permitted in VA facilities, unless expressly allowed as an exception under the regulation for activities such as animal-assisted therapy or for other reasons such as law enforcement purposes. The regulation further confirms that service animals may access VA property subject to the same terms that govern the admission of the public to VA property, and  may be restricted from certain areas on VA properties to ensure that patient care, patient safety, and infection control standards are not compromised.

In accordance with required practices, the revised regulation was published in the Federal Register in November 2014, to obtain feedback from Veterans, advocacy organizations and other stakeholders.

Over the next thirty days, VA will provide training to frontline employees and ensure policies at all facilities are consistent with the new regulation.

Recommendations regarding VA AES Employee Survey

10. August, 2015|president's briefing|No comments

(August 10, 2015)

 

In order to further improve the lines of communication and to respond to the concerns between the National VA Council and you our members, I have established a National VA Council Briefing. This NVAC Briefing will bring you the latest news and developments within DVA and provide you with the current status of issues this Council is currently addressing. I believe that this NVAC Briefing will greatly enhance the way in which we communicate and the way in which we share new information, keeping you better informed.

 

Alma L. Lee

National VA Council, President

 

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In This Briefing: Recommendations regarding VA AES Employee Survey

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Today is the start of the All Employee Survey.  I would like to remind everyone (please share with your members), that we are recommending that the question regarding LGBT is left unanswered.

 

The question reads:

Do you consider yourself to be one or more of the following? (mark as many as apply).

  • Heterosexual or Straight
  • Gay
  • Lesbian
  • Bisexual
  • Transgender/Transsexual
  • I prefer not to say

 

We believe that the question should NOT be asked because the VA has not articulated a legitimate business necessity for the collection of this information. The VA has NOT given AFGE the level of assurance necessary to ensure that employees’ answers will be kept confidential from management.

 

Accordingly, AFGE/NVAC, with the recommendation of the AFGE Fair Practices Department, is requesting employees to decline answering Question #11 (see above) of the AES Survey. This question presents concerns about the possibility of discrimination against LGBT employees, especially in the wake of the EEOC’s decision in Macy v. Department of Justice (EEOC Appeal No. 012012082), which prohibits discrimination on the basis of one’s sex/gender identity.”

 

Again, we are requesting you not answer the question on LGBT.  Feel free to take part in the rest of the questions on the survey

Recommendations regarding VA AES Employee Survey

4. August, 2015|president's briefing|No comments

(August 4, 2015)

 

In order to further improve the lines of communication and to respond to the concerns between the National VA Council and you our members, I have established a National VA Council Briefing. This NVAC Briefing will bring you the latest news and developments within DVA and provide you with the current status of issues this Council is currently addressing. I believe that this NVAC Briefing will greatly enhance the way in which we communicate and the way in which we share new information, keeping you better informed.

 

Alma L. Lee

National VA Council, President

 

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In This Briefing: Recommendations regarding VA AES Employee Survey

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“This is to make you aware that the AFGE National Veterans Affairs Council #53 does NOT approve  a portion of the 2015 All Employee Survey (AES) for AFGE represented bargaining unit employees. AFGE/NVAC provided a proposal to resolve this matter by removing Question #11 from the survey and the Department of Veterans Affairs has declined to do so.

 

The question reads:

Do you consider yourself to be one or more of the following? (mark as many as apply).

-Heterosexual or Straight

-Gay

-Lesbian

-Bisexual

-Transgender/Transsexual

-I prefer not to say

 

We believe that the question should NOT be asked because the VA has not articulated a legitimate business necessity for the collection of this information. The VA has NOT given AFGE the level of assurance necessary to ensure that employees’ answers will be kept confidential from management.

 

Accordingly, AFGE/NVAC, with the recommendation of the AFGE Fair Practices Department, is requesting employees to decline answering Question #11 (see above) of the AES Survey. This question presents concerns about the possibility of discrimination against LGBT employees, especially in the wake of the EEOC’s decision in Macy v. Department of Justice (EEOC Appeal No. 012012082), which prohibits discrimination on the basis of one’s sex/gender identity.”

 

Again, we are requesting you not answer the question on LGBT.  Feel free to take part in the rest of the questions on the survey