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Veterans Affairs News

Thousands of service members transition to private sector jobs

Some 250,000 service members leave the military each year and all must attend counseling on finances and other issues whether they served six years or 26 years, whether they saw the battlefield or not.

Wednesday - 07/25/2012, 03:04am EDT

FACT CHECK: Romney ignores other budget players

As he blames the president for the prospect of large cuts in defense spending next year, Republican Mitt Romney is ignoring the role that Congress and members of his own party played in setting up that possibility.

Tuesday - 07/24/2012, 05:32pm EDT

HUD, VA test revamped performance management system

HUD is one of five agencies piloting a performance management system, called GEAR. The new approach aims to eliminate a disconnect between organizational goals and employee performance.

Tuesday - 07/24/2012, 05:34am EDT
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Report finds mixed progress on plain language

A new report details mixed progress on a law requiring agencies to write using plain language when dealing with the public. The Center for Plain Language awarded the Agriculture Department an "A" for its efforts, the highest score of 12 large agencies and departments it surveyed. The Veterans Affairs Department, however, earned an "F" for its mostly incomplete progress.

Friday - 07/20/2012, 09:28pm EDT
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Obama memo bolsters protections for vets reentering workforce

President Barack Obama issued a memorandum Thursday calling on agencies to comply with protections laid out in The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 when hiring returning veterans.

Friday - 07/20/2012, 11:17am EDT

Lawmakers tell VA 'no more hollow promises' to fix the claims backlog

The Department of Veterans Affairs has made strides toward increasing the number of disability claims it can process every year. But new claims from veterans are growing even faster than ever. House legislators are frustrated by the VA's lack of progress over the years.

Thursday - 07/19/2012, 05:54am EDT
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VA redoubles effort to combat homelessness

The Veterans Affairs Department is giving $100 million in grants to help community organizations support at-risk veterans so they have stable housing. Leaders of the homeless veteran initiative at the VA and Department of Housing and Urban Development are among the Service to America Medal finalists for their work on the problem.

Tuesday - 07/17/2012, 04:22pm EDT
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2012 Causey Awards Winner - Mary Santiago

Mary Santiago, director of VA's Veteran Employment Services Office, was nominated for her work with the VA for Vets program.

Monday - 07/16/2012, 05:02am EDT
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VA tackles claims backlog with new priority approach

The agency will organize incoming claims into one of three categories based on the difficulty in solving them as part of an effort to increase efficiency. The Veterans Benefits Administration also is seeking other ways to reduce the number of backlogged cases such as new training for employees, said VA's Allison Hickey, the undersecretary for benefits.

Wednesday - 07/11/2012, 06:12pm EDT

5 vet aid groups to benefit from new fundraising

Three families are starting an effort to raise $30 million for troops and veterans through a new organization called Veteran Support Fund. It will be a portal for distributing money to five groups already working to help America's military community.

Thursday - 07/05/2012, 03:12am EDT

Didn't send your kid to war? Maybe you can send $$

If you have military-age children who have not served in this decade's wars, then you owe a debt _ meaning money _ to those who did.

Thursday - 07/05/2012, 03:11am EDT

VA stops downgrading its low-wage health care support staff

After protesters marched to the White House, VA's Human Resources Management Office issued a letter calling for a "temporary stand down on changes to lower grade actions."

Wednesday - 07/04/2012, 05:45pm EDT

Thousands of veterans sign up for job education

Officials at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs say there has been an enormous response to a new skills-based program that pays for up to a year of education toward an associate degree or a non- college-degree or certificate.

Wednesday - 07/04/2012, 11:08am EDT

What's ahead for small business?

Tom Johnson, publisher of Set-Aside Alert talks about the challenges facing contractors.
July 2, 2012(Encore presentation August 20, 2012)

Monday - 07/02/2012, 11:37pm EDT
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DoD, VA joint e-health record ahead of schedule

The development of a shared records system between the departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs is making progress thanks to several pilots. VA-DoD is taking the lessons learned from the tests and applying them to future pilots.

Monday - 07/02/2012, 03:32pm EDT
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VA wants to change vet-owned business re-verification from 1 to 2 years

The Veterans Affairs Department wants to change the frequency of reverifying veteran-owned businesses from once a year to once every two years, according to an interim final rule published in the Federal Register.

Thursday - 06/28/2012, 11:56am EDT

Bill sets timeframe for VA to contact data breach victims

Veterans Affairs would have to contact victims of data breaches within 10 days under a bill approved by a House subcommittee.

Thursday - 06/28/2012, 10:19am EDT

Investigation by states shuts down GIBill.com

Under a settlement announced Wednesday by 20 states' attorneys general, the Department of Veterans Affairs will take control of a website that consumer fraud investigators say has been used to mislead military members into making poor use of their GI Bill benefits.

Thursday - 06/28/2012, 05:53am EDT
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VA looking to technology to reduce suicide risks

Among active-duty troops, there has been an uptick in suicides this year _ about one a day, compared with one every 36 hours in previous years, The Associated Press reported earlier this month.

Wednesday - 06/20/2012, 07:00pm EDT

Federal job hunt made easier for outgoing military members

Service members expected to be discharged can apply for federal jobs without a certificate of release or discharge from active duty.

Tuesday - 06/19/2012, 07:51pm EDT
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