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Reforms Needed to Improve Workers Comp for Federal Employees

The Subcommittee on Workforce Protections, chaired by Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI), today held a hearing to examine ways to reform the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act (FECA). Members discussed the need to improve the program in order to better serve taxpayers and federal employees. “When you’re talking about a program of this size and cost, making sure that it is operating as efficiently and effectively as possible is imperative,” Chairman Walberg noted. “Concerns have been raised that FECA benef...

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Head Start Turns 50

Fifty years ago, one of the most significant early childhood education programs was signed into law: Head Start. Fast forward to 2015 and the program has helped prepare millions of children for success in school. This week's anniversary presents an opportunity to reflect on the importance of Head Start and strengthen the program for future generations. As House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R-MN) wrote in a recent op-ed: Each year the federal government invests almos...

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Walberg Statement: Hearing on "Reforming the Workers’ Compensation Program for Federal Employees"

Since 1916, the FECA program has acted as a critical resource for federal employees who have suffered an injury or illness because of a work-related activity. Today, the program covers approximately three million workers and, last year alone, paid out nearly $3 billion in benefits. Despite the significance of the FECA program, it has been nearly 40 years since the law was meaningfully updated. When you’re talking about a program of this size and cost, making sure that it is operating as efficien...

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Witnesses Highlight Need for Stronger Oversight of Child Nutrition Programs

The Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education, chaired by Rep. Todd Rokita (R-IN), today held a hearing to examine waste, fraud, and abuse in federal child nutrition programs. Members and witnesses discussed ways to strengthen the management and oversight of these programs to ensure they are effectively and efficiently serving those most in need. “The federal government has long invested taxpayer dollars in programs that provide healthy meals and snacks to low-income s...

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