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Veterans Affairs News

Agencies ignoring billions in savings from strategic sourcing

Agencies are missing out on billions of dollars in savings by not using strategic-sourcing contracts, particularly when buying services, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office. The report finds the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, Veterans Affairs and Energy spent less than 5 percent of their combined acquisition budgets through strategic sourcing and saved less than $2 billion.

Thursday - 10/04/2012, 06:45am EDT
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Phased retirement, postal buyouts, VA problems

Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller and Federal Times Senior Writers Stephen Losey and Sean Reilly join host Mike Causey to talk about phased retirements, sequestration and more.
October 3, 2012

Wednesday - 10/03/2012, 07:19pm EDT
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VA awards contract for mobile device management, apps store

Procurement will start with management of 5,000 mobile devices, plus app stores for consumers inside and outside of VA. The agency awarded a three-year, $9.3 million deal to Longview International Technology Solutions to build and manage the technology in the cloud.

Wednesday - 10/03/2012, 05:00am EDT

Healthcare IT

Greg Wappel, vice president for Business Development for Adeptus Solution, Inc., will discuss patient claims processing and other healthcare IT issues.
October 2, 2012

Wednesday - 10/03/2012, 01:00am EDT
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Failed leadership blamed for VA conference spending scandal

Two Veterans Affairs Department training conferences held last summer in Orlando, Fla., contained as much as $762,000 in wasteful spending and were plagued by poor planning and oversight, according to an inspector general report released Monday.

Monday - 10/01/2012, 05:25pm EDT
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VA CHCO resigns one day before IG releases conference spending report

John Sepulveda, the chief human capital officer at the Veterans Affairs Department, resigned Sunday. The agency's inspector general is expected to release a final report today on two human resources conferences last year that cost the department $5 million.

Monday - 10/01/2012, 12:42pm EDT

U.S. to spend $100M on PTSD, brain injury research

Officials say one in six service members and vets suffer from PTSD. The research will focus on spotting symptoms, prevention and treatment.

Thursday - 09/20/2012, 10:07am EDT

DoD, VA's health IT efforts grow out of leadership, necessity

The agencies soon will issue solicitations that will take them one step closer to deploying integrated electronic health records for service members, veterans and their families. The departments have been working on the project for years but have only recently begun to demonstrate tangible progress.

Tuesday - 09/18/2012, 03:35am EDT
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As new vets go online, VA and others follow

Tech-savvy vets finding support online.

Saturday - 09/15/2012, 05:28pm EDT

House votes to protect honor of military medals

Those who lie about military service or make false claims about receiving military medals with the intent of benefiting from those claims would be committing a crime under legislation passed by the House Wednesday.

Thursday - 09/13/2012, 05:45pm EDT

VA's Blue Button now at 1 million users, aims at 100 million soon

Veterans Affairs PHR effort has already gone far beyond VA. After reaching 1 million users, originators of the project have set their sights on 100 million.

Wednesday - 09/12/2012, 05:42am EDT
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The GSA, sequestration, and more

Federal News Radio's Jason Miller will talk about a recent confrontation between a GSA official and an agent in the Inspector General's office. Steve Losey and Andy Medici from the Federal Times will discuss the pay debate and other issues affecing federal workers.
September 5, 2012

Wednesday - 09/05/2012, 06:55pm EDT
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Managing mobile devices from a government perspective

Horace Blackman, CIO and director of IT support services at the Veterans Affairs Department Central Office talks about how mobile devices are handled at his agency.
September 4, 2012

Tuesday - 09/04/2012, 08:53pm EDT
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Order calls for interagency cooperation on veterans' mental health

Executive order calls for vets in emotional distress to be seen by a professional within 24 hours. It also enlists HHS, Education, DoD and VA in interagency partnerships to find treatments for traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress.

Tuesday - 09/04/2012, 05:33am EDT
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Integrated health record tests DoD's agile acquisition aspirations

DoD and VA have both committed to moving from their legacy electronic health record systems to a joint, integrated system by 2017. But there are challenges: an aggressive timeline and an acquisition culture that's not been suited to agility in the past.

Friday - 08/31/2012, 05:11am EDT
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Air Force bolsters civilian transition program for veterans

It's the first major overhaul of the program in 20 years. Among the changes, the Air Force is offering three "paths" for airmen — an educational to go back to school, a small business path to become an entrepreneur and a vocational technical path.

Thursday - 08/30/2012, 03:43pm EDT
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GOP platform criticizes administration's defense, cyber strategies

The Republican Party platform criticized President Barack Obama for not doing enough to avert automatic budget cuts set to hit the Defense Department in January. The plan, which was unveiled Tuesday, also called for greater public-private collaboration on cybersecurity and recommended an overhaul of the Veterans Affairs Department.

Wednesday - 08/29/2012, 05:58pm EDT

VA seeks outsider to review conference planning policies

The Veterans Affairs Department wants a contractor to review the agency's conference planning and conference acquisition policies, according to a request for information. The solicitation comes weeks after revelations that VA had spent $5 million two conferences last year.

Tuesday - 08/28/2012, 12:04pm EDT

The VA, Affordable Care Act fees, and political conventions

On this week's Capital Impact show, Bloomberg Government analysts will discuss growth potential at the Veterans Administration, the Affordable Care Act's impact on drug companies, and a preview of the 2012 Democratic and Republican conventions.
August 23, 2012

Thursday - 08/23/2012, 07:00pm EDT
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VA paid $52K for 'Patton' conference training video

A 15-minute training video that cost $52,000 to make joins the examples of excessive spending at two Veterans Affairs' conferences last year with a total pricetag of $5 million.

Thursday - 08/23/2012, 09:45am EDT
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