Lawmakers balk at issues with VA’s $21 billion health record program: Federal CIO’s Ignored OMB Digital Record Mandate


CITY OF WASHINGTON (July 26, 2021)---The Senate voted 91-8 to confirm Donald Remy to the post of deputy secretary at the Department of Veterans Affairs on July 15. Remy comes in as the agency looks to pivot past two adverse oversight reports about the cost and performance of the Electronic…

Attorney General Merrick B. Garland’s Statement on Aon and Willis Towers Watson Decision to Terminate Merger Agreement


CITY OF WASHINGTON (July 26, 2021)---Attorney General Merrick B. Garland today released the following statement on Aon plc’s and Willis Towers Watson’s announcement that the firms agreed to terminate their planned $30 billion merger. The Department of Justice filed a civil antitrust lawsuit on June 16, 2021, to stop the merger,…

Former Alabama Correctional Supervisor Convicted for Allowing Inmate Abuse


CITY OF WASHINGTON (July 26, 2021)---after a three-day trial, a federal jury convicted former Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) shift commander Willie Burks, 42, of failing to stop an officer under his command from assaulting an inmate at ADOC’s Elmore Correctional Facility. The evidence at trial established that when Burks…

ICYMI: House Republicans tell Biden he’s acting like a ‘Cuban dictator’ with his social media censorship campaign


CITY OF WASHINGTON (July 26, 2021)---House Republicans have called on President Joe Biden to turn over the details of his campaign to clamp down on social media coronavirus misinformation while blasting the effort as government-sponsored censorship that rivals Communist Cuba.  Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, the top Republican on the House…

Plague activity identified in Colorado: Ten Year Old Girl Died From Plague


COLORADO (July 26, 2021)---Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, in cooperation with local public health agencies, is investigating plague (Yersinia pestis) activity. Currently, there have been laboratory confirmed reports of plague in animals and fleas from six counties. This includes LaPlata County, where a 10-year-old resident died from causes…

Readout: Deputy Secretary Sherman’s Visit to the People’s Republic of China


CITY OF WASHINGTON (July 26, 2021)--Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman traveled to the People’s Republic of China for meetings with State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi and other PRC officials from July 25-26.  The Deputy Secretary expressed the United States’ sincere condolences for the lives lost in the…