VA Chief to Hill: The Health Reforms You Seek Are Here

October 08, 2015 | Tom Philpott

By Tom Philpott VA Secretary Bob McDonald told the House Veterans Affairs Committee Wednesday that a $68 million, 4000-page study of VA health care it ordered last year and accepted last month … [Read more...]

Conferees Shape Leaner Budget for Military Pay, Benefits

October 01, 2015 | Tom Philpott

By Tom Philpott Military members and families have little to cheer from compromises House and Senate conferees reached as they finalized details of key personnel provisions in the fiscal 2016 … [Read more...]

DoD Resists Hill Push to Roll Back Compound Drug Rules

September 24, 2015 | Tom Philpott

By Tom Philpott Thirty-one House members, most of whom, public records show, got campaign dollars from compound drug lobbyists, are pressing the Defense Department to soften rules set in May that … [Read more...]

New Commissary Reform Plan to Protect Shopper Savings

September 17, 2015 | Tom Philpott

By Tom Philpott The Department of Defense is modifying its approach to reform the commissary benefit with new guarantees to preserve overall shopper savings and also to avoid pay cuts for current … [Read more...]

Combat Medicine Advances When Experts Collaborate

September 10, 2015 | Tom Philpott

By Tom Philpott Perhaps the most significant life-saving advancement in combat medicine in Afghanistan and Iraq was refinement of tourniquets and training to keep wounded warriors with shattered or … [Read more...]

Digital Innovation Team to Help Shape ‘Force of the Future’

September 03, 2015 | Tom Philpott

By Tom Philpott Defense Secretary Ash Carter’s “Force of the Future” initiative is expected to include a unique Defense Digital Services office that, within a year, would hire up to 100 top … [Read more...]

The Federal Government Fails at Accountability

August 30, 2015 | admin

Guest Blog by: Congressman French Hill [R-AR2] -  As a former executive in private business, I know firsthand the true value of accountability in the workplace. The success of any … [Read more...]

Attractions of Service Obscured by Hard Costs of War

August 27, 2015 | Tom Philpott

by Tom Philpott Perhaps to a degree not seen before, news outlets, politicians of every stripe and wounded warrior charities have turned an intense spotlight on problems service members and … [Read more...]

The Arguments Behind New Tech-Track Career Paths

August 20, 2015 | Tom Philpott

By Tom Philpott Every year, hundreds of technically or tactically skilled officers and non-commissioned officers, trained at great expense, leave the military for the private sector, not because … [Read more...]

‘Force of the Future’ to Reward Talent, Diversity, Motherhood

August 13, 2015 | Tom Philpott

By Tom Philpott Defense Secretary Ashton Carter next month will be presented with a package of detailed proposals for reshaping military and defense civilian pays, promotions and quality of life, … [Read more...]

Commissary Reformers Eye Repeal of ‘Cost-Plus-5%’ Pricing

August 06, 2015 | Tom Philpott

By Tom Philpott Defense officials appear ready to ask Congress to repeal a law that commissaries must sell products at cost plus five percent, a formula that for decades has ensured commissary … [Read more...]

Compound Drugs Fleece TRICARE, Create Deep Budget Hole

July 30, 2015 | Tom Philpott

By Tom Philpott Dodgy companies peddling pricey compound pharmaceuticals have fleeced the TRICARE program so severely this year, before tougher screening procedures took effect May 1, that they are … [Read more...]