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The U.S. Forest Service is not meeting its goals on forest management to prevent wildfires, or to quickly salvage burned timber after fires take place, according to U.S. Rep. Doug LaMalfa.
Posted: Tuesday, March 3, 2015 12:47 am
A few buildings dot the landscape in the valley proposed for the Sites Reservoir. Bill Husa - Chico Enterprise-Record file
The Department of Veterans’ Affairs has been involved in a scandal regarding the failure to process valid benefit claims, forcing General Eric Shinseki to resign as Secretary of the department on May 30, 2014.
02/19/2015 04:00:53 PM PST
By Doug Oakley
OAKLAND -- The Oakland office of Veterans Affairs improperly filed and then lost about 14,000 unprocessed veterans benefit claims, some dating back to the 1990s, according to a federal government investigation released Wednesday.
Thursday, February 19, 2015
A government watchdog revealed on Wednesday that a regional Department of Veterans Affairs office in Oakland, Calif., dealt with disability claims the easy way: by stuffing them by the thousands into a filing cabinet and doing absolutely nothing.
The Department of Veterans Affairs’ internal watchdog determined that an Oakland, Calif.-based regional office mismanaged more than 13,000 disability claims found tucked away in a filing cabinet over two years ago, according to a report released Wednesday.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ regional office in Oakland shoved thousands of compensation and disability claims from military vets into a filing cabinet without processing them, leaving many veterans or their surviving family members without needed benefits, the agency’s inspector general said in a report issued Wednesday.