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Veterans Affairs News

Official describes rampant computer hacking at VA

Jerry Davis, who served as the VA's chief information security officer until February 2013, testified at a House subcommittee hearing that the VA became aware of the computer hacking in March 2010 and that attacks continue "to this very day."

Tuesday - 06/04/2013, 07:41pm EDT

Todd Grams to return to IRS as chief of staff

Acting Commissioner Danny Werfel requested Grams come back to the IRS for a third stint and leave his current role as the executive-in-charge in the Office of Management and chief financial officer at the Veterans Affairs Department.

Monday - 06/03/2013, 06:33pm EDT

VA's security shortcuts put millions of veterans' data at risk, former VA cyber official alleges

The Veterans Affairs Department denies claims that systems or data are in danger. But Jerry Davis, the former deputy assistant secretary for information security in VA's Office of Information and Technology, asserts in documents that he was bullied into signing security certifications that were deficient as a condition of his departure from VA for a new job at NASA.

Monday - 06/03/2013, 06:01am EDT
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GSA's Turco moving to VHA

Kathleen Turco is leaving GSA after 11 years, including the last three as the associate administrator of governmentwide policy. She will become the CFO at the Veterans Health Administration.

Friday - 05/31/2013, 11:27am EDT

Obama to nation: Don't take US troops for granted

Obama urges nation 'to always remember and to be worthy of the sacrifice' of its fallen heroes

Tuesday - 05/28/2013, 06:14pm EDT

Obama: Nation must do more for military heroes

Obama: Americans must do more than just remember nation's fallen heroes on Memorial Day

Sunday - 05/26/2013, 03:50am EDT

Deaths at Atlanta VA hospital prompt scrutiny

Deaths at Atlanta VA hospital spark outrage, congressional scrutiny and proposed legislation

Saturday - 05/25/2013, 03:20pm EDT

VA chipping away at oldest disability claims in backlog

All veterans who have waited two years or more for a decision will have their cases decided by next month, the Department of Veterans Affairs told Congress. Half of the Veterans Benefits Administration's oldest cases already have been removed from the backlog.

Friday - 05/24/2013, 07:16am EDT
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DoD chooses interoperability over integration for new e-health record system

Frank Kendall says many different factors played into the Pentagon's decision to go with a competitive bidding process to develop its integrated electronic health record system, instead of adopting VA's VistA program. He said DoD wants to ensure its system is interoperable not just with VA hospitals but with civilian health facilities as well. In addition, Kendall cited cultural differences between the two large agencies.

Thursday - 05/23/2013, 06:42am EDT
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DoD to pursue commercial alternative to VA's VistA

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has decided to turn to the commercial marketplace for an integrated electronic health records solution rather than adopting VA' Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture. He cited market research that showed turning to the competitive process would generate reduced cost and technical risk for DoD.

Wednesday - 05/22/2013, 07:04am EDT

SBA starting new lending program for veterans

The Small Business Administration announced Tuesday it has lined up pledges from more than 120 banks to increase lending to veterans.

Tuesday - 05/21/2013, 06:10am EDT

AP IMPACT: Military sex abuse victims seek VA help

AP IMPACT: Thousands of military sex abuse victims seek VA health care, disability benefits

Monday - 05/20/2013, 12:22pm EDT

Helping veterans find jobs

Derrick Dortch will host a roundtable discussion of new programs and initiatives designed to help veterans find jobs or start their own businesses.
May 17, 2013

Friday - 05/17/2013, 11:12pm EDT
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Vollman follows career of patient care and leadership

David Vollman, staff ophthalmologist at the Veterans Health Administration in St. Louis, Mo., is a finalist for the 2013 Call to Service Medal.

Friday - 05/17/2013, 07:06am EDT
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VA's Gould moves the needle on many of VA's toughest challenges

Scott Gould's last day as the deputy secretary of the Veterans Affairs Department is today. In four years, Gould said he believes VA is a better place and does more to help veterans. He said the claims backlog is unacceptable, but the agency is making progress.

Friday - 05/17/2013, 05:27am EDT
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Panel votes to ban bonuses at Veterans Affairs

Members of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs voted Wednesday to place a five-year moratorium on bonuses to senior executives at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Thursday - 05/09/2013, 08:57am EDT

Helping veterans find jobs

Derrick Dortch will host a roundtable discussion of new programs and initiatives designed to help veterans find jobs or start their own businesses.
May 3, 2013

Friday - 05/03/2013, 11:12pm EDT
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House chairman renews criticism of VA bonuses

Rep. Jeff Miller, chairman of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, said that giving the government's top award for its senior professionals to VA regional director Michael Moreland showed there was no limit to the "VA's tone deafness."

Thursday - 05/02/2013, 07:50pm EDT

First Lady asks companies to hire more veterans

Obama, Biden say that it's ultimately up to businesses to hire more veterans

Tuesday - 04/30/2013, 01:01pm EDT

VA withholds disability claims executives' bonuses

VA withholds performance bonuses for senior executives dealing with disability claims

Tuesday - 04/30/2013, 12:20pm EDT
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