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Legal News

Union bashes House VA reform bill

The American Federation of Government Employees said that a bill making its way toward a vote in the House would result in “gutting employees’ due process rights,” and undermine veterans’ health care.

Former CBP supervisor sentenced in alien smuggling case

A former Customs and Border Protection supervisory officer was sentenced last week to 7½ years in federal prison, plus three years of supervised release, for alien smuggling and accepting bribes, the Justice Department announced.

Arlington Cemetery to ramp up security

Arlington National Cemetery will begin screening visitors starting in November, cemetery officials announced this week.

OPM awards contracts for new background investigations agency

The Office of Personnel Management this week announced the award of four new contracts to support federal background investigations.

Panel issues report on OPM breach

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee last week released a report detailing the results of its investigation into last year’s data breach at the Office of Personnel Management.

CBP improperly shared sensitive personal data

A Customs and Border Protection unit mishandled its management of sensitive personally identifiable information (PII), according to a report released by the Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General.

Official faces fraud charges

A federal grand jury in Wisconsin last week indicted the chief of Air Force Fire Services for allegedly committing procurement fraud and wire fraud, the Justice Department announced.

VA medical center back in the spotlight

A Wisconsin lawmaker who has been investigating systemic failures at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Tomah, Wis., is pushing for further inquiry after the apparent suicide last week of a veteran who allegedly was denied treatment at the facility’s mental health clinic.

DOD IG says lack of funding slows work on whistleblower cases

The Defense Department’s acting inspector general told a House panel that a lack of funding has hindered its ability to investigate and close military whistleblower cases.

CBP office improperly shared personal information

A Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General investigation concluded that a unit within Customs and Border Protection mishandled its management of sensitive personally identifiable information (PII).

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