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Veterans Affairs News

VA joins open data revolution with new website

With the launch of VA Open Data, members of the public and applications developers will be able to access non-sensitive, non-personal information from the Veterans Affairs Department.

Tuesday - 12/24/2013, 02:13pm EST
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VA cyber saga continues as audit shows continued holes in network security

Documents obtained by Federal News Radio show VA's financial audit found material weaknesses, including the failure to remove terminated employees from accessing the network, and the lack of a formal process for monitoring, preventing installation and removing unauthorized application software on agency systems. House Veterans Affairs lawmakers continue to press VA to make changes to their cybersecurity posture more quickly. VA officials say they have a multi-layered defense to include outside network monitoring by external partners, active scanning of Web applications and source code, and protection of servers, workstations, network and gateways, among other security efforts.

Thursday - 12/19/2013, 05:24pm EST
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Documents reveal weaknesses in VA's security controls

Documents obtained by Federal News Radio show VA failed for the 15th year in a row its consolidated financial statement audit with regard to security controls.

Thursday - 12/19/2013, 02:49pm EST

Securing your network

Kevin Kelly, CEO of LGS Innovations, will discuss how his company can help improve network security at your agency.
December 17, 2013

Tuesday - 12/17/2013, 07:08pm EST
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VA puts reverse auctions on hiatus again to study value proposition

The Veterans Affairs Department's decision comes as lawmakers are putting this acquisition concept under more scrutiny. House Veterans Affairs and Small Business Committee lawmakers question whether agencies are getting the best prices and whether they are sacrificing competition. GAO, other experts say OFPP needs to develop a governmentwide policy for reverse auctions.

Wednesday - 12/11/2013, 06:45pm EST
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Savings from reverse auctions not being maximized

As the use of reverse auctions continues to rise, the Government Accountability Office says agencies need more clear cut guidance to realize a maximum amount of savings.

Wednesday - 12/11/2013, 04:23pm EST

VA struggles with accuracy as disability claims get more complex

The Department of Veterans Affairs says it has made significant strides in targeting its most complicated disability claims toward its most seasoned claims processing staff, but IG audits still find errors in nearly a third of compensation claims processed for Traumatic Brain Injury.

Friday - 12/06/2013, 09:32am EST
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VA benefits set to slightly increase in 2014

When veterans and their families, who receive disability compensation and retirement benefits from the Veterans Affairs Department, receive their annual cost-of-living increase next month, for the first time ever, it won't be rounded down to the nearest dollar. Overall, the COLA for veterans benefits will increase 1.5 percent. Until this year, the COLA for veterans' benefits was rounded down to the nearest dollar. That will change with payments beginning in January.

Wednesday - 12/04/2013, 11:41am EST

VA, DoD climb the stairs to interoperability together

Dr. Theresa Cullen, chief medical informatics officer at the Veterans Health Administration, leads the program that allows the departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs to share data to improve the quality of health care they provide.

Thursday - 11/14/2013, 05:08pm EST
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VA lifts overtime requirement for claims workers

The Department of Veterans Affairs will temporarily suspend a program that requires more than 10,000 disability claims processors to work at least 20 hours of overtime per month with VA Secretary Eric Shinseki saying Thursday he had to be careful not to burn out his workforce.

Thursday - 11/07/2013, 08:10pm EST

Disability claims backlog, EHR efforts top VA nominee's priorities

At his nomination hearing before a Senate committee Tuesday, President Barack Obama's pick to serve in the Veterans Affairs Department's No. 2 management slot pledged to tackle a host of challenges plaguing the department. Sloan Gibson, the president and CEO of the nonprofit USO, told members of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee if confirmed to be the VA's deputy director he would tackle the longstanding backlog of disability claims and will work to find common ground with the Defense Department on a new strategy for a joint electronic-health records system. The committee also considered the nominations of Linda Schwartz to be the assistant VA secretary for policy and planning and Constance Tobias to serve as the chair of VA's Board of Veterans' Appeals.

Wednesday - 11/06/2013, 03:22pm EST

Veterans make up growing share of federal workers

The federal government says it hired the highest percentage of military veterans in more than two decades in fiscal year 2012, with veterans making up about 29 percent of the 195,000 new employees.

Wednesday - 10/30/2013, 07:20pm EDT

House committee pushes VA on conference spending

A year after federal investigators disclosed $762,000 in wasteful spending at Department of Veterans Affairs' training conferences, the agency has put into place about half of the recommended changes designed to keep spending in line.

Wednesday - 10/30/2013, 06:50pm EDT

VA's Warren given CIO title as House ramps up cyber investigation

In a message to senior executives, Secretary Eric Shinseki said that Stephen Warren now will hold the title of executive in charge, Office of Information and Technology and chief information officer. The title change comes as the House Veterans Affairs Committee is turning up on the heat once again on the agency's ability to secure its systems and protect data.

Wednesday - 10/30/2013, 05:38pm EDT

House works on bills impacting federal agencies, workforce

With the partial government shutdown behind them, members of Congress are working on several bills that impact the federal workforce, including a resolution that supports ending the federal pay freeze and a bill that tackles the claims backlog at Veterans Affairs.

Tuesday - 10/29/2013, 02:41pm EDT

VA prepares for still more furloughs as money runs out

Most workers in the Veterans Benefits Administration will be sidelined in the next few weeks if a shutdown continues. Funding for employees at the National Cemetery Administration will run out in the next few days.

Thursday - 10/10/2013, 06:15am EDT
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VA chief: Shutdown could hit millions of vets

VA secretary says millions of veterans would be hit by shutdown extending into late October

Wednesday - 10/09/2013, 12:40pm EDT

VA retains the decider role over veteran-owned status protests

In an interim final rule issued last week in the Federal Register, VA announced it would not cede the control of deciding on socio-economic status protests to the Small Business Administration. VA moved the decision authority to the director of the Center for Veterans Enterprise instead of the director of the Office of Small and Disadvantage Business Utilization (OSDBU).

Monday - 10/07/2013, 05:47pm EDT

Veteran employment and entrepreneurship

The American Legion's Mark Walker and Phillip Selleh from the VA Business Accelerator will discuss programs and initiatives to help veterans find jobs.
October 4, 2013

Friday - 10/04/2013, 10:16pm EDT
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House fails to pass bills to reopen parts of government

Lower chamber legislators could not get two-thirds approval for one bill to fund the National Park Service, and another bill to get the Veterans Affairs Department fiscal 2014 money. AFGE, NTEU and Democrat lawmakers rallied on Capitol Hill Tuesday to turn up the heat on Congress to reopen the government.

Wednesday - 10/02/2013, 05:32am EDT
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