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Veterans Affairs News

DoD, VA, Education toughen rules against predatory colleges

Agencies are working toward implementing an executive order designed to crack down on "fly- by-night" colleges that target military members' education benefits

Monday - 06/18/2012, 05:14am EDT
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Veteran-owned businesses question fairness of VA's contractor verification

The process to ensure veterans are receiving contracts from the VA is actually shutting out some veteran business owners. But the VA says it inherited a large responsibility quickly and has since made great strides in improving its verification program.

Friday - 06/15/2012, 09:54am EDT

VA launches virtual hiring event for veterans

VA will offer teleconferencing at Fort Drum, N.Y., Fort Knox, Ky., Rock Island Arsenal, Ill., Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., and Fort Riley, Kans.

Wednesday - 06/13/2012, 10:14am EDT

Army veterans use filmmaking as therapy for PTSD

In 1943, an enraged Gen. George S. Patton slapped a battle-fatigued U.S. soldier at a military hospital and accused him of cowardice, an episode that nearly ended Patton's career. Nearly 70 years later, two filmmakers _ one of them Patton's grandson _ are trying to help soldiers cope with what is now called post-traumatic stress disorder by getting them to tell their war stories through a movie.

Wednesday - 06/06/2012, 11:49am EDT

Mobile security

Jeff Ait, director of Public Sector for Good Technology will talk about how his company can help you manage the mobile phones and tablets at your agency.
June 5, 2012

Tuesday - 06/05/2012, 09:40pm EDT
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VA employee promoted female vets' needs in male-dominated health system

As the chief consultant for the Women Veterans Health Strategic Health Care Group at the Veterans Affairs Department, Patricia Hayes helped push for women's health care needs in the VA health system.

Tuesday - 06/05/2012, 09:02am EDT
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VA CIO wary of 'bring your own device'

Veteran Affairs' CIO Roger Baker pointed to concerns over cybersecurity as the reason why he's wary about agencies adopting bring-your-own-device initiatives.

Tuesday - 06/05/2012, 08:36am EDT

House passes VA, DoD civilian pay freeze

The House passed a veterans funding bill Thursday that includes extends the pay freeze another year for civilian employees of the the Defense and Veterans Affairs.

Friday - 06/01/2012, 02:36pm EDT

House passes veterans funding bill

The Republican-controlled House approved legislation Thursday to boost health care spending for veterans and provide more money to compensate record numbers of Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans claiming service-related disabilities as they return home.

Thursday - 05/31/2012, 10:25pm EDT

White House issues veto threat on veterans bill

The White House is warning that President Barack Obama will veto a widely popular House spending bill for veterans' programs and construction projects at military bases.

Wednesday - 05/30/2012, 05:52pm EDT

My HealtheVet - The Gateway to Veterans Health and Wellness

Tom Temin, of the Federal Drive, has an in depth discussion with the experts and users about the My HealtheVet program. He reviews the clinical applications of the new upgraded system and what that means for Veterans today and for the future.

Wednesday - 05/30/2012, 12:17pm EDT
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Almost half of new vets seek disability

A staggering 45 percent of the 1.6 million veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are now seeking compensation for injuries they say are service-related.

Sunday - 05/27/2012, 01:42pm EDT

DoD, VA building on early success of joint e-health record

Secretary Leon Panetta and Secretary Eric Shinseki announce an expansion in 2014 of initial capability of the joint electronic health record to two more sites.

Tuesday - 05/22/2012, 06:06am EDT
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Michelle Obama honors military mothers, wives

First lady Michelle Obama is honoring military mothers and wives for being "outstanding role models" for their children, communities and country.

Thursday - 05/10/2012, 04:55pm EDT

Agencies may cut $4.6 billion to spare veterans

The White House has declared the Department of Veterans Affairs off-limits to "sequestration" budget cuts, and that means other nondefense agencies may have to bear an additional $4.6 billion in reductions next year.

Thursday - 05/10/2012, 07:38am EDT
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VA boosts staff, online services as mental health needs grow

VA said last month it is hiring nearly 2,000 mental health professionals and support staff. The agency will also continually assess staffing levels.

Tuesday - 05/08/2012, 12:48pm EDT
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Federal Drive interviews - May 8, 2012

Dr. Sonja Batten, deputy chief for specialty mental health, Veterans Affairs Department, discusses the VA's plans to hire 2,000 mental health professionals and support staff. Rep. James Lankford (R-Okla.) talks about two bills aimed at reducing the number of duplicative government programs.

Tuesday - 05/08/2012, 09:53am EDT

VA tests meditation as PTSD treatment

The Department of Veterans Affairs is testing the effects of transcendental meditation on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Monday - 05/07/2012, 09:17am EDT

Agencies getting tools to 'innovate with less'

The Shared Services Strategy is the latest way agencies can reduce spending on infrastructure technology and spend more on mission-critical IT. Federal CIO Steven VanRoekel said PortfolioStat is the lynchpin to the entire process for agencies. He held the first meeting with agencies leaders to discuss expectations.

Friday - 05/04/2012, 05:18am EDT

Health IT: A Policy Change Agent

As we near critical health policy deadlines, it is essential for the federal sector to understand how secure, interoperable health data exchange can improve the quality, cost-effectiveness, access, and safety of care. Laws, such as the Affordable Care Act, are influencing how IT must be harnessed by providers and payers in the public & private sectors.

Thursday - 05/03/2012, 11:51am EDT
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