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Veterans Affairs News

Internal watchdog blasts DoD's health IT efforts

A memo obtained by Federal News Radio points to a split in thinking inside the Pentagon's efforts to achieve interoperability with VA's electronic health record system. An assessment by the Pentagon's office of operational test and evaluation, an internal acquisition watchdog, finds DoD's project to build a new electronic health record is "likely to be detrimental to the President's goals" for interoperable health IT.

Monday - 04/22/2013, 08:02pm EDT

VA expedites disability claims for vets at back of the line

Veterans waiting more than a year for a decision on their disability claims are moving to the front of the line, under a new program announced Friday.

Friday - 04/19/2013, 06:40pm EDT

Auditors find low enrollment in vets jobs program

Federal auditors say a job-training program designed to help veterans re-enter the workforce has more than 60,000 empty slots, left unfilled despite efforts to reduce the jobless rate among veterans.

Wednesday - 04/17/2013, 02:40am EDT

Coalition for Government Procurement 2013 Spring Conference

Attendees at the 2013 Coalition for Government Procurement's Spring Conference will engage in a government-industry "Mythbusters" dialogue with acquisition leadership from the Department of Defense, Department of Veterans Affairs, General Services Administration and others about key procurement issues that impact members' government business.

Tuesday - 04/16/2013, 05:07pm EDT

Helping veteran owned businesses succeed

Phillip Selleh, program manager for the VA Business Accelerator, will talk about the program and what it hopes to accomplish.
April 12, 2013

Friday - 04/12/2013, 08:38pm EDT
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Budget calls for 4 percent spending increase at VA

White House says proposed spending increase for VA shows support for vets

Saturday - 04/06/2013, 12:44am EDT

Former VA CIO Baker joins Agilex

Roger Baker becomes the company's chief strategy officer to help it understand the market and ensure it's meeting agency customer expectations.

Wednesday - 04/03/2013, 05:41am EDT
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Veterans fight changes to disability payments

Veterans groups say disability payments, pensions should be kept out of budget negotiations

Monday - 04/01/2013, 09:34am EDT

VA-DoD health record saga becomes fodder for comedy show

The promise of a single a joint electronic health record system has long stymied the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs. And now it's drawn the attention of late-night comedy show "The Daily Show."

Friday - 03/29/2013, 05:20pm EDT

VA pushes DoD to adopt VistA as starting point for electronic health record

Under a revised strategy for creating an interagency e-health record, VA will use its current system, VistA. The department believes DoD should adopt it too.

Thursday - 03/28/2013, 05:45am EDT
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VA Chief of Staff John Gingrich to retire

John Gingrich, the chief of staff for the Veterans Affairs Department, is retiring and will leave the agency by the end of the month after 37 years of federal and military service.

Monday - 03/25/2013, 07:53pm EDT

Shinseki says VA on target for ending backlog

Shinseki maintains 2015 goal for ending disability claims woes even as backlog worsens

Monday - 03/25/2013, 12:06pm EDT

Doubts remain over VA's ability to end huge disability claims backlog

VA officials still insist the 630,000 disability claims waiting to be processed will be eliminated by 2015. But so far, numbers are headed in the wrong direction and House Veterans Affairs Committee members are losing patience.

Thursday - 03/21/2013, 06:31am EDT
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Groups say veteran-owned contracting still broken

Veterans service organizations say despite attempts at improvement, the Department of Veterans Affairs' verification process for veteran-owned small businesses is still barring legitimate firms from contracts with the department, while doing little to deter actual fraud.

Wednesday - 03/20/2013, 03:06pm EDT
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Whistleblowers allege wrongdoing at VA center

In the letter sent Monday to the White House and Congress, the Office of Special Counsel said an initial 2009 report by a whistleblower employee at the G.V. (Sonny) Montgomery VA Medical Center in Jackson, Miss., alleged that the staff routinely failed to properly clean and sterilize reusable medical equipment such as scalpels and bone cutters.

Tuesday - 03/19/2013, 01:40am EDT

Pentagon applying lessons from past ERP failures

DoD said it is tightening-up governance over its large business IT systems, looking for indicators of future failure and forcing resource sponsors to justify their needs before projects begin. Elizabeth McGrath, DoD's deputy chief management officer, told House lawmakers the Pentagon is working on data quality and changing business processes to avoid previous problems.

Friday - 03/15/2013, 09:09am EDT
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Former VA researcher raises ethics concerns

Dr. Steven Coughlin, who worked at the VA until December, said nearly 2,000 participants in a recent VA study of 60,000 tracking the health of veterans told researchers they had thought they would be better off dead. However, only a small percentage got a call back from a clinician.

Wednesday - 03/13/2013, 08:19pm EDT

Report: VA sent data over unsecured networks

Watchdog says VA sent sensitive patient data over unencrypted networks, posing security risk

Thursday - 03/07/2013, 02:50pm EST

Baker leaving VA a transformed IT organization

Roger Baker's last day as the Veterans Affairs Department's assistant secretary for information and technology and chief information officer is March 8. He said the agency manages and oversees IT much differently than it did four years ago.
March 7, 2013

Wednesday - 03/06/2013, 02:13pm EST
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Joint Chiefs welcome House fiscal 2013 budget proposal

The lower chamber's bill would significantly soften the blow against DoD and potentially eliminate current plans such as civilian furloughs because of the automatic budget cuts. The remainder of the government would remain under both sequestration and a full-year continuing resolution.

Wednesday - 03/06/2013, 06:36am EST
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