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2:59 am, September 19, 2014

Veterans Affairs News

Bauman, Spungen work to improve paralyzed veterans' quality of life

Dr. William Bauman and Ann Spungen of the Veterans Affairs Department have been working as a team to improve the quality of life of paralyzed veterans for nearly 25 years.

Thursday - 09/18/2014, 03:28pm EDT

Cheri Cannon, Partner, Tully Rinckey PLLC

Nothing like a good scandal to rouse Congress into spending money and enacting reform. The latest example is the Veterans' Affairs Department. Blame for the scheduling problems and cover up is scattered everywhere. Congress singled out the Senior Executive Service, giving the VA Secretary summary dismissal authority. Now a House bill would double the probation period for new SES managers, and take back salary if an SESer is demoted. Cheri Cannon, partner at Tully Rinckey, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with an update on these developments.

Thursday - 09/18/2014, 10:23am EDT
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William Bauman and Ann Spungen, James Peters VA Medical Center

A quarter century of hard work and collaboration is giving paralyzed veterans a chance to rediscover a healthy, happy life. William Bauman is director and Ann Spungen is associate director of the National Center of Excellence for the Medical Consequences of Spinal Cord Injury. That's at the James Peters VA Medical Center in the Bronx. They're Service to America Medal finalists in the Science and Environment category, and described their work on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Wednesday - 09/17/2014, 04:18pm EDT
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Unions want more say in agency operations

Can a national council in Washington improve labor relations on agencies' front lines?

Wednesday - 09/17/2014, 02:42pm EDT
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Congress approves inflation increase for veterans

Congress approves inflation increase for veterans receiving disability, other benefits

Wednesday - 09/17/2014, 02:10pm EDT

VA scheduling investigation finds misconduct in dozens of facilities

During an ongoing Veterans Affairs inspector general investigation, more than a dozen VA officials lied to investigators. Given what officials have learned so far, the practices that raised alarms in Phoenix are pervasive throughout the Veterans Health Administration.

Wednesday - 09/10/2014, 04:52am EDT
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VA customer-service warriors on mission to streamline veterans' needs

Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald has pledged to put veterans first at the department. Maureen Ellenberger is one of his warriors in the battle. As director of veterans relationship management at the Veterans Benefits Administration, she is trying to standardize the customer service that veterans receive and make sure their experiences are positive.

Tuesday - 09/09/2014, 03:02pm EDT

Irma Westmoreland, Chairwoman, National Nurses United for Veterans Affairs

The Veterans Affairs Department has ramped up referrals to private doctors in order to get patients the care they need more quickly. But several unions that represent VA employees argue, the uptick in referrals could signal a shift toward privatizing the VA. This all comes as Secretary Robert McDonald aims to fix how the VA treats its veterans following major reform legislation passed by Congress this past summer. Irma Westmoreland is a registered nurse and chairwoman of National Nurses United for Veterans Affairs. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with her take on changes at the VA.

Tuesday - 09/09/2014, 10:11am EDT
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New VA secretary promises flatter, more open organization

Robert McDonald, the new secretary of the Veterans Affairs Department, says the biggest thing he's learned over his first seven weeks on the job is that the organization he leads is too hierarchical and too insular. He's promising to build a "flatter" VA that encourages dissent.

Tuesday - 09/09/2014, 03:56am EDT
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VA building on My HealtheVet successes with mobile apps

The Veterans Affairs Department will release the Summary of Care and Blue Button applications for mobile devices this fall. The release is part of a burgeoning effort to create connections with patients outside of the traditional office visit.

Wednesday - 09/03/2014, 03:49am EDT
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Veterans Affairs Department has been making progress on its backlog of disability claims, but outdated technology keeps getting in the way. One bottleneck is the time it takes the VA to receive military medical records from the Defense Department. DoD installed a new system at the beginning of this year to solve that problem. But a look by the inspector general finds that things are as slow as ever. Federal News Radio's DOD Reporter Jared Serbu gives Emily Kopp the details on the Federal Drive. Read Jared's related article.

Tuesday - 09/02/2014, 07:24am EDT
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Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook: DoD still slow to share medical records; New hiring initiative at VA; DISA's $12B IT contrac

In this week's edition of Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook, Jared Serbu examines news and buzz in the Defense community that you might have missed including: DoD-VA medical record sharing still too slow; VA kicks off new drive to hire docs; DISA plans follow-on to Encore II contract

Friday - 08/29/2014, 06:47pm EDT

MSPB: Congress should simplify veterans preference hiring laws

A new report from the Merit Systems Protection Board says that it's time for Congress to simplify the overly complex veterans preference laws to make sure they're doing what Congress put them in place to do.

Thursday - 08/28/2014, 04:59pm EDT
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IG: Shoddy care by VA didn't cause Phoenix deaths

Investigators say VA provided shoddy care to Phoenix veterans, no proof delays caused deaths

Thursday - 08/28/2014, 02:22am EDT

VA training guide likens veterans to Oscar the Grouch

A Veterans Affairs training slide show said that veterans might be demanding and unrealistic, and advised staffers on "what to say to Oscar the Grouch."

Wednesday - 08/27/2014, 05:20pm EDT

Ronald Walters, Acting Undersecretary for Memorial Affairs, VA

Almost 125,000 veterans die every year. The Department of Veterans Affairs is responsible for laying them to rest with honor, and for that service the VA has the highest customer satisfaction rating of any organization -- public or private -- in the country. Ronald Walters is acting undersecretary for memorial affairs at the Veterans Affairs Department. He's a Service to America medal finalist in the Management Excellence category. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained why the VA is so successful in this arena. View a gallery of all the Sammies finalists.

Wednesday - 08/27/2014, 04:21pm EDT
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Obama defends handling of veterans affairs issues

Obama tells VFW progress made on VA health care, calls problems 'outrageous and inexcusable'

Wednesday - 08/27/2014, 08:40am EDT

VA to start accepting bids for new patient scheduling system

VA, which has been eyeing a replacement for its scheduling system long before the current scandal, plans to issue a final request for proposals by the end of next month and make an award by the end of the year.

Monday - 08/25/2014, 05:18pm EDT

VA reforms & vetsHQ.com

Linda Rix, co-CEO of FastYeti Incorporated, will discuss proposals to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs, and how her website -- vetsHQ.com -- is helping veterans get the benefits they need.
August 15, 2014

Friday - 08/15/2014, 08:30pm EDT
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VA referrals to private doctors on rise

VA secretary: Number of referrals to private doctors increasing significantly

Thursday - 08/14/2014, 09:06am EDT
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