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VA: Happy feds saved $200 million in turnover costs

The Department of Veterans Affairs avoided $200 million in turnover costs by investing in online training resources for employees, Assistant Secretary for Human Resources and Administration John Sepulveda told Federal News Radio. He also explained how the VA plans to make veterans 40 percent of its workforce, weather the retirement tsunami and continue to be a federal leader on human capital issues in a wide-ranging interview.

Friday - 12/23/2011, 07:04pm EST
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Officials cite drop in homelessness among veterans

Homelessness among the nation's veterans declined by about 12 percent during a one-year period ending January 2011, the Obama administration says.

Tuesday - 12/13/2011, 06:46am EST

VA initiative revives doctor's house call with modern twist

Jonah Czerwinski, the director of the Va's Innovation Initiative and a senior adviser to the Veterans Affairs secretary joined In Depth with Francis Rose to discuss a pilot program giving veterans access to virtual doctor's visits.

Monday - 12/12/2011, 03:37pm EST
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Lawmakers want audit of wait times for veterans

Lawmakers want an inspector general investigation to see how long veterans must wait for mental health treatment.

Tuesday - 12/06/2011, 02:10pm EST

'Moneyball' strategy works for feds?

Agencies have tons of data but don't always use it wisely. A new report examines how a few agencies are analyzing statistics to reach their goals. The Partnership for Public Service and IBM suggest in their report agencies try the 2002 Oakland A's approach to using statistics to build a winning team.

Thursday - 12/01/2011, 05:33am EST
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VA, House lawmakers spar over veteran-owned contracting program

The department must decide by Dec. 15 whether or not it will follow GAO's recommendations after losing a bid protest decision. VA tries to explain why service-disabled veteran owned firms do not receive the highest priority for all contracts. Lawmakers express frustration over the agency's explanation.

Thursday - 12/01/2011, 05:19am EST
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Sharing medical information safely and securely

Host John Gilroy is joined by CNSI Senior Vice President Shaliesh Patel. They will discuss the challenges in helping citizens get more involved in their own healthcare.
November 29, 2011(Encore presentation December 20, 2011)

Tuesday - 11/29/2011, 10:56pm EST
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VA delivering 9 out of 10 IT projects on time

In the Department of Veterans Affairs, it took two years and a big culture change to raise the rate of on-time deliveries of IT projects from below 30 percent to just shy of 90 percent. But according to VA's CIO, those changes amount to his department giving itself its own budget increase.

Monday - 11/28/2011, 05:36am EST
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VA offers new buyouts, early outs

The buyouts and early retirements apply to billing and collection jobs in 11 regional health care networks. They are part of VA's initiative to consolidate accounting activities.

Wednesday - 11/23/2011, 01:30pm EST

Protecting the mobile environment

Host John Gilroy is joined by AirPatrol Corporation CTO Tom Kellermann. They will discuss how to control data leakage from mobile devices.
November 22, 2011

Tuesday - 11/22/2011, 11:08pm EST
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Obama signs bipartisan bill to help jobless vets, repeals contractor tax withholding

President Barack Obama will sign into law Monday legislation giving tax breaks to companies that hire unemployed veterans.

Monday - 11/21/2011, 01:16pm EST

New strategy gives agencies a "springboard" for increasing diversity

Agencies have four months to develop diversity and inclusion plans under a broad, brief governmentwide strategy released Thursday. Proponents say, by making the President's Management Council responsible for progress, the strategy will succeed where past measures have failed.

Monday - 11/21/2011, 05:15am EST
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Indian Health Service facing data deadline

Acting CIO Howard Hays said the agency is taking advantage of the work VA is doing to update its systems. Indian Health Services borrows heavily from VA's VistA electronic health records system.
November 17, 2011(Encore presentation December 29, 2011)

Friday - 11/18/2011, 12:58am EST
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VA Acquisition Academy teaches both technical and interpersonal skills

Lisa Doyle is chancellor of VA's Acquisition Academy.

Thursday - 11/17/2011, 06:20pm EST
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Pilot program trains vets to be execs

Kelly O'Connor, president of Efiia Cares, shares details of the program.

Wednesday - 11/16/2011, 07:23pm EST
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VA's acqusition overhaul a 'firm commitment'

VA's expert on that front is Glenn Haggstrom, the executive director of the department's Office of Acquisition, Logistics and Construction. joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Amy Morris from the 2011 Government Contract Management Conference with his perspective on acquisition.

Wednesday - 11/16/2011, 01:03pm EST
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Training new acquisition leaders

Host Roger Waldron is joined by Lisa Doyle, Chancellor of the Department of Veteran Affairs Acquisition Academy. They will talk about the academy's curriculum and its vision.
November 15, 2011

Tuesday - 11/15/2011, 07:13pm EST
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VA solves project management woes through competency models

The agency puts employees in pools based on their expertise, and then the employees move from project to project based on the needs of that program. VA now is working on 60 percent more projects than under the previous approach.
November 10, 2011(Encore presentation December 22, 2011)

Thursday - 11/10/2011, 07:02pm EST
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Analysis: Fighting veteran homelessness takes more than money

Maj. Brian Hampton is president of the Center for American Homeless Veterans.

Thursday - 11/10/2011, 06:27pm EST
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VA to reevaluate T4 protester's bid

The Court of Federal Claims rules in VA's favor on five of six counts. But VA must relook at Standard Communications' bid to see if it meets the solicitation's best value criteria.

Thursday - 11/10/2011, 05:23pm EST
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