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Veterans Affairs News

DoD, VA building on early success of joint e-health record

Secretary Leon Panetta and Secretary Eric Shinseki announce an expansion in 2014 of initial capability of the joint electronic health record to two more sites.

Tuesday - 05/22/2012, 06:06am EDT
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Michelle Obama honors military mothers, wives

First lady Michelle Obama is honoring military mothers and wives for being "outstanding role models" for their children, communities and country.

Thursday - 05/10/2012, 04:55pm EDT

Agencies may cut $4.6 billion to spare veterans

The White House has declared the Department of Veterans Affairs off-limits to "sequestration" budget cuts, and that means other nondefense agencies may have to bear an additional $4.6 billion in reductions next year.

Thursday - 05/10/2012, 07:38am EDT
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VA boosts staff, online services as mental health needs grow

VA said last month it is hiring nearly 2,000 mental health professionals and support staff. The agency will also continually assess staffing levels.

Tuesday - 05/08/2012, 12:48pm EDT
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Federal Drive interviews - May 8, 2012

Dr. Sonja Batten, deputy chief for specialty mental health, Veterans Affairs Department, discusses the VA's plans to hire 2,000 mental health professionals and support staff. Rep. James Lankford (R-Okla.) talks about two bills aimed at reducing the number of duplicative government programs.

Tuesday - 05/08/2012, 09:53am EDT

VA tests meditation as PTSD treatment

The Department of Veterans Affairs is testing the effects of transcendental meditation on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Monday - 05/07/2012, 09:17am EDT

Agencies getting tools to 'innovate with less'

The Shared Services Strategy is the latest way agencies can reduce spending on infrastructure technology and spend more on mission-critical IT. Federal CIO Steven VanRoekel said PortfolioStat is the lynchpin to the entire process for agencies. He held the first meeting with agencies leaders to discuss expectations.

Friday - 05/04/2012, 05:18am EDT

Health IT: A Policy Change Agent

As we near critical health policy deadlines, it is essential for the federal sector to understand how secure, interoperable health data exchange can improve the quality, cost-effectiveness, access, and safety of care. Laws, such as the Affordable Care Act, are influencing how IT must be harnessed by providers and payers in the public & private sectors.

Thursday - 05/03/2012, 11:51am EDT
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AFGE Celebrates National Nurses Week - May 4th, 2012 and May 11th, 2012

This week on AFGE's "Inside Government" National Secretary-Treasurer J. David Cox, 8th District National Vice President Jane Nygaard and Legislative Representative Marilyn Park preview National Nurses Week May 6 - 12. The trio discusses challenges federal nurses face at the Department of Veterans Affairs, Bureau of Prisons and Department of Defense and highlights the union's Nurses Steering Committee.

Wednesday - 05/02/2012, 06:23pm EDT
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Q& A with Bill Gormley

Coalition for Government Procurement chairman Bill Gormley joins host Roger Waldron to talk about the coalition's recently completed spring conference.
May 1, 2012

Tuesday - 05/01/2012, 06:54pm EDT
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VA, National Archives team up to help dig out of claims backlog

The Veterans Affairs department has signed a deal with the National Archives and Records Administration to start digitizing billions of pages of paper documents dealing with Veterans' benefit claims.

Thursday - 04/26/2012, 05:23am EDT
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Ex-VA hospital official faults mental health care

Veterans are waiting too long for mental health care and are unaware that hospitals sometimes manipulate records in an attempt to make it appear that standards are being met, a former Veterans Affairs hospital official told senators Wednesday.

Wednesday - 04/25/2012, 07:49pm EDT

OMB says VA should be exempt from sequestration cuts

The Veterans Affairs Department should be exempt from the automatic across-the-board cuts or sequestration laid out in last summer's Budget Control Act, according to an April 23 letter from the Office of Management and Budget.

Tuesday - 04/24/2012, 09:45am EDT

Report: VA failing to provide timely mental care

Federal investigators reported Monday that nearly half of the veterans who seek mental health care for the first time waited about 50 days before receiving a full evaluation, a much longer lag-time than cited by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Monday - 04/23/2012, 06:24pm EDT

VA to add about 1,900 to mental health staff

The Department of Veterans Affairs said Thursday it was increasing its staff of mental health workers by roughly 1,900, part of an effort to address a shortage of specialists and to better prepare for the medical needs of veterans returning home from war.

Thursday - 04/19/2012, 11:14pm EDT

Online tool lets VA employees conceive career paths

John Sepulveda, the Veterans Affairs Department assistant secretary for human resources and administration, said the portal lets employees assess their skill gaps and create a plan to move up the career ladder. HUD and DLA also have initiatives to create high performing employees and organizations.

Wednesday - 04/18/2012, 05:12am EDT
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OSC protection sought for VA whistleblower

The American Federation of Government Employees has asked the Office of Special Counsel to investigate the case of a VA doctor who believes she was unfairly targeted by superiors due to her critical Senate testimony.

Tuesday - 04/17/2012, 08:34pm EDT

Agencies see potential of putting HR systems in cloud

VA will award a contract for human resources services to a private sector cloud provider later this year. GSA still is in the planning stages, while the Coast Guard is refreshing its HR system that has been in a private cloud since 2003. OMB listed HR systems as a possible function to move to a shared service provider in 2012.

Friday - 04/13/2012, 05:22am EDT
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VA ending Microsoft licensing in 'ruthless reduction'

The Department of Veterans Affairs has reworked its relationship with Microsoft. CIO Roger Baker told In Depth that while daily operations won't change for VA employees, other vendors may be on the chopping block.

Wednesday - 04/11/2012, 07:38pm EDT
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DoD awarding vet-owned contracts to ineligible firms, IG finds

Devon Hewitt, a partner at Protorae Law and a member of the American Legion's Small Business Task Force, summarizes the findings of the DoD IG report on contracting with service-disabled veteran-owned businesses.

Monday - 04/09/2012, 11:37am EDT
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