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Veterans Affairs News

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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House budget plan includes fed pay freeze extension

House Republicans unveiled a stopgap government funding measure Monday. The measure would extend the federal pay freeze and leave in place automatic sequestration cuts but would award the Defense and Veterans Affairs departments their detailed 2013 budgets while other agencies would be frozen at 2012 levels -- and then bear the across-the-board cuts. The current continuing resolution expires March 27.

Tuesday - 03/05/2013, 05:51am EST

Lawmakers applaud VA on same-sex burial request

Sixteen Democratic senators are calling on the Veterans Affairs Department to keep granting waivers so that same-sex spouses can be buried in national cemeteries.

Tuesday - 03/05/2013, 01:10am EST

House committee worried DoD, VA 'moving the goal posts' on e-health records

A House Veterans Affairs Committee hearing on the decision by the Defense and Veterans Affairs Departments to scale back plans for a joint integrated electronic-health records systems dredged up longstanding issues with the two departments' EHR efforts.

Wednesday - 02/27/2013, 04:47pm EST

Boehner says US veterans' claims system is broken

House speaker says system for veterans' disability claims is broken, cites 'shameful' failures

Friday - 02/22/2013, 06:38pm EST

OSHA finds VA at fault for Calif. researcher death

Federal officials on Wednesday blamed unsafe working conditions and poor training for the death of a young Veterans Affairs medical center researcher in San Francisco who died after handling bacteria that causes meningitis.

Wednesday - 02/20/2013, 09:30pm EST

Younger vets still struggle as jobs scene improves

For younger vets, getting home often trumps job considerations

Tuesday - 02/19/2013, 05:22pm EST

VA CTO Peter Levin to leave agency

Peter Levin, the Veterans Affairs chief technology officer, is leaving the agency. He follows Roger Baker, the agency's CIO and assistant secretary in the Office of Information and Technology, who resigned last week.

Monday - 02/18/2013, 06:00pm EST

VA allows burial of first same-sex spouse in national cemetery

The government has cleared the first burial of a same-sex spouse of a veteran in a national cemetery, but it's far from certain how easy it will be for other gay military couples to win the same benefit.

Saturday - 02/16/2013, 05:30am EST

VA CIO Baker to resign

Roger Baker, VA's assistant secretary in the Office of Information and Technology, helped improve the agency's management of IT projects, implement mobile devices and continued to address cybersecurity.

Friday - 02/15/2013, 03:53pm EST

Beneficiaries claim VA's processing of GI Bill benefits still lackluster

The Department of Veterans Affairs' work to automate payments under the complicated Post-9/11 GI bill is coming to fruition. But schools and students complain about inability to track status of claims.

Friday - 02/15/2013, 05:41am EST
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