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Veterans Affairs News

Q& A with Bill Gormley

Coalition for Government Procurement chairman Bill Gormley joins host Roger Waldron to talk about the coalition's recently completed spring conference.
May 1, 2012

Tuesday - 05/01/2012, 06:54pm EDT
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VA, National Archives team up to help dig out of claims backlog

The Veterans Affairs department has signed a deal with the National Archives and Records Administration to start digitizing billions of pages of paper documents dealing with Veterans' benefit claims.

Thursday - 04/26/2012, 05:23am EDT
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Ex-VA hospital official faults mental health care

Veterans are waiting too long for mental health care and are unaware that hospitals sometimes manipulate records in an attempt to make it appear that standards are being met, a former Veterans Affairs hospital official told senators Wednesday.

Wednesday - 04/25/2012, 07:49pm EDT

OMB says VA should be exempt from sequestration cuts

The Veterans Affairs Department should be exempt from the automatic across-the-board cuts or sequestration laid out in last summer's Budget Control Act, according to an April 23 letter from the Office of Management and Budget.

Tuesday - 04/24/2012, 09:45am EDT

Report: VA failing to provide timely mental care

Federal investigators reported Monday that nearly half of the veterans who seek mental health care for the first time waited about 50 days before receiving a full evaluation, a much longer lag-time than cited by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Monday - 04/23/2012, 06:24pm EDT

VA to add about 1,900 to mental health staff

The Department of Veterans Affairs said Thursday it was increasing its staff of mental health workers by roughly 1,900, part of an effort to address a shortage of specialists and to better prepare for the medical needs of veterans returning home from war.

Thursday - 04/19/2012, 11:14pm EDT

Online tool lets VA employees conceive career paths

John Sepulveda, the Veterans Affairs Department assistant secretary for human resources and administration, said the portal lets employees assess their skill gaps and create a plan to move up the career ladder. HUD and DLA also have initiatives to create high performing employees and organizations.

Wednesday - 04/18/2012, 05:12am EDT
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OSC protection sought for VA whistleblower

The American Federation of Government Employees has asked the Office of Special Counsel to investigate the case of a VA doctor who believes she was unfairly targeted by superiors due to her critical Senate testimony.

Tuesday - 04/17/2012, 08:34pm EDT

Agencies see potential of putting HR systems in cloud

VA will award a contract for human resources services to a private sector cloud provider later this year. GSA still is in the planning stages, while the Coast Guard is refreshing its HR system that has been in a private cloud since 2003. OMB listed HR systems as a possible function to move to a shared service provider in 2012.

Friday - 04/13/2012, 05:22am EDT
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VA ending Microsoft licensing in 'ruthless reduction'

The Department of Veterans Affairs has reworked its relationship with Microsoft. CIO Roger Baker told In Depth that while daily operations won't change for VA employees, other vendors may be on the chopping block.

Wednesday - 04/11/2012, 07:38pm EDT
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DoD awarding vet-owned contracts to ineligible firms, IG finds

Devon Hewitt, a partner at Protorae Law and a member of the American Legion's Small Business Task Force, summarizes the findings of the DoD IG report on contracting with service-disabled veteran-owned businesses.

Monday - 04/09/2012, 11:37am EDT
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IG report uncovers 15,000 security holes at VA

The inspector general's office at the Department of Veterans Affairs said it found more than $15,000 security holes at the agency, all dealing with FISMA compliance issues.

Monday - 04/09/2012, 10:21am EDT

Mobile devices and security

Charles De Sanno from the Department of Veterans Affairs and Booz Allen Hamilton's Ilene Yarnoff will talk about mobile apps and mobile security issues in the federal workplace.
April 6, 2012

Friday - 04/06/2012, 06:35pm EDT
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Military Health System must balance old, new health IT

Karen Guice, the acting CIO for the Military Health System, said her office is working the Veterans Affairs Department to ensure the transition to the new electronic health record from legacy systems is as seamless as possible. She said DoD and VA are working on a data taxonomy.
April 5, 2012(Encore presentation June 14, 2012)

Friday - 04/06/2012, 12:54am EDT
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OSC initiative zeroes in on worst vet discriminator - the government

The Office of Personnel Management recently reminded federal agencies that the White House has "zero tolerance" for discriminating against veterans in hiring and promotions. But the federal government is still one of the biggest offenders. Patrick Boulay from the Office of Special Counsel told the Federal Drive about a new pilot program aimed at streamlining the complaint process for veterans in the federal government.

Tuesday - 04/03/2012, 05:06pm EDT
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OMB launches PortfolioStat to reduce commodity IT spending

Agencies have to meet a series of milestones starting in June to eventually migrate two commodity IT functions to shared services or strategic sourcing contracts. VA, GSA, Interior and Patent and Trademark Office have tested the concept of managing by portfolios as well as vendor management organizations.

Monday - 04/02/2012, 05:22am EDT
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Multiple-award contracts going mainstream at VA

Iris Cooper is executive director of VA's Office of Acquisition Operations. She joined The Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp at the Acquisition Excellence conference in Washington to talk about the agency's T-4 services contract.

Thursday - 03/29/2012, 09:36am EDT
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VA, HUD to put 10,000 homeless veterans in permanent housing

The departments of Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban Development want to put 10,000 homeless veterans in permanent housing with case management.

Wednesday - 03/28/2012, 02:49pm EDT

VA awards previously-terminated e-health records contract to Harris

The Department of Veterans Affairs awarded a previously-terminated e-health record contract to Harris Corporation.

Thursday - 03/22/2012, 04:55pm EDT

HUD, VA team with rocker Bon Jovi on app contest to help homeless vets

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan, along with W. Scott Gould, the deputy secretary of Veterans Affairs, announced the launch of Project REACH short for Real-time Electronic Access for Caregivers and the Homeless. Singer Jon Bon Jovi, who chairs the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation in New Jersey and is also a member of the White House Council for Community Solutions, was also on hand for the announcement.

Monday - 03/19/2012, 09:41pm EDT
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