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7:16 pm, December 18, 2014

Veterans Affairs News

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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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.
September 13, 2013

Friday - 09/13/2013, 10:16pm EDT
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Obama nominates McKinsey consultant as deputy director for management

If confirmed by the Senate, Beth Cobert would become the DDM and lead the second term management agenda. Obama nominated deputy secretaries at VA and Education, and senior officials at the Navy and State.

Tuesday - 09/10/2013, 08:30pm EDT

Replica Flying Fortress offers peek into WWII history

Federal Drive's Tom Temin lives a life-long dream as he soars above the Maryland countryside in a B-17 bomber. The aircraft, operated by the Liberty Foundation, is one of the few such bombers still flying.

Thursday - 09/05/2013, 06:23pm EDT

For 2013, CFC focusing on the people behind the money

Federal employees can start donating to the more than 4,000 charities under the Combined Federal Campaign. One of the goals of the CFC is to increase the number of people giving to charities, not just reaching a dollar threshold.

Thursday - 09/05/2013, 04:11pm EDT

Feds won't enforce same-sex veterans law

Feds to stop enforcing law blocking marriage benefits for same-sex spouses of veterans

Thursday - 09/05/2013, 08:42am EDT

The healthcare claims process

Tom Romeo, president of MAXIMUS Federal explains how the appeals process works when a healthcare claim is rejected.
September 3, 2013

Wednesday - 09/04/2013, 12:16am EDT
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VA expands on-campus counselor program to help student veterans

Full-time counselors hired by the Department of Veterans Affairs will have offices on 94 college campuses by 2014. The on-site counselors help student veterans with everything from GI Bill problems to transitioning from military to civilian life.

Friday - 08/30/2013, 05:26am EDT
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VA still evaluating benefits for same-sex couples

VA secretary says law governing veterans benefits contained similar language to DOMA

Wednesday - 08/28/2013, 08:40am EDT

The ESGR and VA Accelerator programs

Ron Young, executive director of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve program and Phillip Selleh, program manager for the VA Accelerator, will discuss how their organizations are helping veterans when they return to or enter the civilian workforce.
August 16, 2013

Friday - 08/16/2013, 09:49pm EDT
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Inside the Reporter's Notebook: A new job for a former VA senior official; Countdown to cloud credential pilot begins

News and buzz in the acquisition and IT communities that you may have missed this week.

Friday - 08/16/2013, 07:08pm EDT

Obama: Progress made on disability claims backlog

Obama cites progress in reducing claims backlog during address to disabled veterans

Tuesday - 08/13/2013, 04:44pm EDT

Obama signs bill easing airport screening for vets

Obama signs bill to ease airport screening for wounded or disabled troops and vets

Saturday - 08/10/2013, 10:40pm EDT

Serious doubts remain about VA's ability to secure veterans' data

A recent briefing between the House Veterans Affairs Committee, VA IT executives and DHS ended with the lead majority staff member walking out before the meeting ended. The rising tensions between the House Veterans Affairs committee's majority and VA come as a report surfaced showing veterans are at a higher risk of identity theft than the average citizen.

Wednesday - 08/07/2013, 08:32pm EDT
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