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7:18 pm, April 25, 2015

Veterans Affairs News

VA pledges broad review of claims processing

VA pledges top-down review of claims processing amid mismanagement in Philadelphia

Saturday - 04/25/2015, 04:20am EDT

VA chief calls House budget proposal 'inadequate'

A House subcommittee's plan to cut the budget for the Department of Veterans Affairs by more than $1.4 billion next year will "cause veterans to suffer," VA Secretary Robert McDonald said Tuesday.

Tuesday - 04/21/2015, 09:00pm EDT

House lawmakers alarmed by VA's overseas network access

On the heels of another Veterans Affairs Department inspector general report showing departmental cybersecurity practices falling short, House Veterans Affairs Committee lawmakers are pressing for more answers about just how secure the data of millions of veterans are in the agency's network.

Monday - 04/20/2015, 04:04am EDT

SEA calls on House lawmakers to further improve VA Accountability bill

Carol Bonosaro, president of the Senior Executives Association, explained her organization's concerns, saying Congress doesn't need to micromanage SES performance reviews at VA.

Thursday - 04/16/2015, 04:35pm EDT

Congress deals with 'ultimate catch-22' on funding for VA's $1.7 billion Denver hospital

VA told Congress Wednesday that it wants to complete construction on its controversial hospital complex in Aurora, Colorado, by tapping into a fund that was supposed to cut down on patient wait times. Some members of Congress expressed frustration with the plan. "You've put us in the ultimate catch-22, because we don't want to go forward and we can't quit," Rep. David Roe told VA officials at yesterday's hearing.

Thursday - 04/16/2015, 04:40am EDT
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VA employee says he was fired after warning of hospital cost

Veterans Affairs employee says he was fired after warning of cost overruns on Denver hospital

Wednesday - 04/15/2015, 06:02pm EDT

Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), Chairman, Veterans Affairs Committee

The Department of Veterans Affairs is asking Congress for more than a $1 billion more than its original budget for a hospital in Denver, Colorado. The House Veterans Affairs Committee looked at the problems with the hospital, and other construction project problems at the VA, at a hearing today with officials from VA. Sen. Johnny Isakson (D-Ga.) is the chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said he's about to start following the VA's construction problems very closely.

Wednesday - 04/15/2015, 04:10pm EDT
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Investigator: VA whistleblower cases remain 'overwhelming'

Investigator: VA whistleblower complaints continue to pour in, a year after scandal

Tuesday - 04/14/2015, 04:20am EDT

VA tells Congress it has plan to pay for Denver hospital

The Veterans Affairs Department told Congress it wants to tap a $5 billion fund for improving health care to finish the over-budget Denver VA hospital, Sen. Michael Bennet's office said Monday.

Monday - 04/13/2015, 09:00pm EDT

Worst VA health care wait times are in the South

VA makes little headway in effort to cut waits for care; facilities in South have worst stats

Monday - 04/13/2015, 04:04pm EDT

Ron Abrams, Joint Executive Director, National Veterans Legal Services Program

A number of veterans organization are suing the Veterans Affairs Department over a new rule regarding disability claims. The rule only went into effect a week ago, but the lawsuit claims it's eliminated most informal VA claims, and limits the types of claims VA can adjudicate. One change means that letters written into VA no longer count as claims; now everything has to be on a standardized form. Ron Abrams is a former VA staff member, and now the joint executive director of the National Veterans Legal Services Program. He joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more on the lawsuit and its ramifications.

Monday - 04/13/2015, 09:36am EDT
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Acquisition leaders on the move at VA, GSA

As much attention as the Veterans Affairs senior executive responsible for oversight of the debacle in Boulder, Colorado of the construction of a new hospital left, his replacement got strikingly little fanfare.

Monday - 04/13/2015, 04:53am EDT

VA makes little headway in fight to shorten waits for care

Despite reforms, VA makes little headway in fight to shorten waits for care

Thursday - 04/09/2015, 04:58pm EDT

Managing mobile devices at your agency

Matt Briddell, vice president of Health IT at LCG, Inc., joins host John Gilroy to talk about mobile device management in the federal government.
April 7, 2015

Tuesday - 04/07/2015, 07:31pm EDT
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After Denver hospital debacle, VA should leave building to the pros

Having the Army Corps of Engineers take over the Denver hospital project is no doubt an embarrassment to VA. But it's a great opportunity to ask tough questions about whether VA should even be in the construction business at all, Federal News Radio's Francis Rose says in a new commentary.

Tuesday - 04/07/2015, 03:33am EDT

VA to relinquish control of Denver hospital construction

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will take over construction management at the new Denver veterans hospital amid an internal investigation into how the project ran $1 billion over budget, the Veterans Affairs Department said Thursday.

Thursday - 04/02/2015, 08:13pm EDT

Darin Selnick, Executive Director, Fixing Veterans Health Care Taskforce

The Veterans Independence Act aims to restructure the Veterans Health Administration. The Act comes from the advocacy group Concerned Veterans of America, and it proposes a new business model for the agency that separates veteran health care plans from specific hospitals and facilities. Darin Selnick is executive director of the Fixing Veterans Health Care Taskforce, and senior veterans affairs adviser for Concerned Veterans for America. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said this factor, and three other key factors, will remove the bureaucracy from veterans health care.

Thursday - 04/02/2015, 04:36pm EDT
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Nabors promoted to VA chief of staff

The Veterans Affairs secretary has picked a White House veteran to be his new chief of staff, replacing Joe Riojas. Riojas has been with VA since 2009 and is leaving government.

Wednesday - 04/01/2015, 04:48am EDT

5 steps for the government to regain trust

The way to better, more trustworthy government is through fixing broken systems and processes, and funding them adequately, says Federal News Radio's Tom Temin in a new commentary.

Tuesday - 03/31/2015, 07:15am EDT

Long-time Education CIO, VA acquisition execs retire

Jerry Williams at Education and Glenn Haggstrom at Veterans Affairs are both leaving their government positions. Federal News Radio's Jason Miller examines why in this week's Inside the Reporter's Notebook feature.

Monday - 03/30/2015, 04:40am EDT
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