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Veterans Affairs News

IG report uncovers 15,000 security holes at VA

The inspector general's office at the Department of Veterans Affairs said it found more than $15,000 security holes at the agency, all dealing with FISMA compliance issues.

Monday - 04/09/2012, 10:21am EDT

Mobile devices and security

Charles De Sanno from the Department of Veterans Affairs and Booz Allen Hamilton's Ilene Yarnoff will talk about mobile apps and mobile security issues in the federal workplace.
April 6, 2012

Friday - 04/06/2012, 06:35pm EDT
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Military Health System must balance old, new health IT

Karen Guice, the acting CIO for the Military Health System, said her office is working the Veterans Affairs Department to ensure the transition to the new electronic health record from legacy systems is as seamless as possible. She said DoD and VA are working on a data taxonomy.
April 5, 2012(Encore presentation June 14, 2012)

Friday - 04/06/2012, 12:54am EDT
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OSC initiative zeroes in on worst vet discriminator - the government

The Office of Personnel Management recently reminded federal agencies that the White House has "zero tolerance" for discriminating against veterans in hiring and promotions. But the federal government is still one of the biggest offenders. Patrick Boulay from the Office of Special Counsel told the Federal Drive about a new pilot program aimed at streamlining the complaint process for veterans in the federal government.

Tuesday - 04/03/2012, 05:06pm EDT
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OMB launches PortfolioStat to reduce commodity IT spending

Agencies have to meet a series of milestones starting in June to eventually migrate two commodity IT functions to shared services or strategic sourcing contracts. VA, GSA, Interior and Patent and Trademark Office have tested the concept of managing by portfolios as well as vendor management organizations.

Monday - 04/02/2012, 05:22am EDT
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Multiple-award contracts going mainstream at VA

Iris Cooper is executive director of VA's Office of Acquisition Operations. She joined The Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp at the Acquisition Excellence conference in Washington to talk about the agency's T-4 services contract.

Thursday - 03/29/2012, 09:36am EDT
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VA, HUD to put 10,000 homeless veterans in permanent housing

The departments of Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban Development want to put 10,000 homeless veterans in permanent housing with case management.

Wednesday - 03/28/2012, 02:49pm EDT

VA awards previously-terminated e-health records contract to Harris

The Department of Veterans Affairs awarded a previously-terminated e-health record contract to Harris Corporation.

Thursday - 03/22/2012, 04:55pm EDT

HUD, VA team with rocker Bon Jovi on app contest to help homeless vets

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan, along with W. Scott Gould, the deputy secretary of Veterans Affairs, announced the launch of Project REACH short for Real-time Electronic Access for Caregivers and the Homeless. Singer Jon Bon Jovi, who chairs the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation in New Jersey and is also a member of the White House Council for Community Solutions, was also on hand for the announcement.

Monday - 03/19/2012, 09:41pm EDT

Report raises concerns for homeless female vets

Federal investigators expressed concerns Monday for the safety of some female veterans who rely on homeless shelters after inspections showed women housed in shelters approved only for men.

Wednesday - 03/14/2012, 08:07am EDT

Analysis: VA, DoD e-health contract cancellation won't affect implementation

The cancellation is only a minor setback, though, said former national health IT coordinator David Brailer in an interview with Federal News Radio's Ruben Gomez.

Monday - 03/12/2012, 08:17am EDT
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DISA data centers to play host to VA-DoD health records system

The Veterans Affairs Department announced in January plans to to move electronic health records under its Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture (VistA) to data centers managed by the Defense Information System Agency. VA Chief Information Officer Roger Baker said it the co-location of systems on DISA's servers was a 'logical move.'

Thursday - 03/08/2012, 08:56pm EST
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VA takes steps to prevent more cemetery errors

The Veterans Affairs Department told lawmakers Thursday that it's trying to prevent future errors by requiring contractors to keep headstones at gravesites undergoing renovations and by conducting daily inspections.

Thursday - 03/08/2012, 05:35pm EST

Hunt for missing US troops set to resume in NKorea

The hunt for thousands of fallen American troops missing from a conflict fought six decades ago, is about to resume in North Korea as tensions ease between the wartime enemies.

Thursday - 03/08/2012, 03:22am EST

IG report: VA claims-processing prone to fraud

Belinda Finn, the assistant inspector general for audits and evaluations at VA, joined In Depth with Francis Rose to discuss a recent IG report that found the Veterans Affairs Department's claims-processing system prone to fraud.

Thursday - 03/01/2012, 06:58pm EST
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VA kills $100M contract at heart of e-health record system

The Department of Veterans Affairs has terminated a $102 million contract for a key component of the e-health record system that is supposed to help streamline the health care that VA and the Defense Department provides to service members, veterans and their families. The agency says it is determining its next steps.

Thursday - 03/01/2012, 06:01pm EST

DoD, VA improve health information sharing

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki are getting a first-hand look at how medical information sharing between the two agencies is working.

Tuesday - 02/28/2012, 09:44am EST

DHS wants to ride commercial wave for interoperable radio network

After a decade of unsuccessful attempts, including the Justice Department's Integrated Wireless Network, the Homeland Security Department wants to leap forward with technology by using commercial 4G networks to connect law enforcement agencies. DHS created a joint program office to lead the effort. The approach is part of OMB's shared services initiative for agencies to work together on big programs.

Monday - 02/27/2012, 05:40am EST
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VA issues stop-work order on crucial element of e-health record system

The Department of Veterans Affairs has issued a stop-work order on a key component of the integrated electronic health record system it isdeveloping with the Defense Department. Virginia-based ASM Research won the $103 million contract.

Monday - 02/27/2012, 05:07am EST
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Wounded vets regain bit of camaraderie in kitchen

Wounded veterans who served during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars take part in a healthy cooking "boot camp" sponsored by the advocacy group Wounded Warrior Project.

Wednesday - 02/22/2012, 04:18am EST
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