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Daily Archives: August 24, 2013

New GAO Report – VA Health Care

VA Health Care: Actions Needed to Improve Administration of the Provider Performance Pay and Award Systems, GAO-13-536, Jul 24, 2013: “The Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) performance pay policy has gaps in information needed to appropriately administer this type of pay. The performance pay policy gives VA’s 152 medical centers and 21 networks discretion in… Continue Reading

FACT SHEET on the President’s Plan to Make College More Affordable

“[August 22, 2013], President Obama outlined an ambitious new agenda to combat rising college costs and make college affordable for American families. His plan will measure college performance through a new ratings system so students and families have the information to select schools that provide the best value. And after this ratings system is well… Continue Reading

UK Guardian to share Snowden NSA documents with New York Times

Via the Guardian’s Lisa O’Carroll: “The Guardian has struck a partnership with the New York Times which will give the US paper access to some of the sensitive cache of documents leaked by the National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden. The arrangement was made when the Guardian was faced with demands from the UK government… Continue Reading

James River Bald Eagle Population Sets Record

By Dr Bryan Watts, Director, The Center for Conservation Biology “The bald eagle population along the historic James River has exceeded 200 pairs for the first time in written history. The 2013 aerial survey conducted by The Center for Conservation Biology recorded 205 pairs that produced 267 young. Areas supporting the highest densities include Charles… Continue Reading