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4:57 pm, December 18, 2014

Veterans Affairs News

VA fails cybersecurity audit for 16th straight year

The Veterans Affairs Department will not receive the final results for its 2014 FISMA audit until next spring, but auditors already have informed IT officials that they've identified material weaknesses for the 16th year in a row. Department IT officials say progress on closing IG recommendations and securing their systems and data is real.

Monday - 11/17/2014, 03:46am EST
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VA fires Pittsburgh hospital network's director

Thursday - 11/13/2014, 03:10pm EST

Kim Hayes, CEO and Co-Founder, Ambit Group

The reorganization at the Veterans Affairs Department is a rebranding effort in many ways. VA Secretary Bob McDonald will hire a chief customer service officer to try to reverse an image of poor quality care for its customers. Kim Hayes, CEO and co-founder of Ambit Group, is also a finalist for Executive of Year at the 2014 GovCon awards. She tells In Depth with Francis Rose about Ambit Group's data-centric approach to agency reorganization.

Thursday - 11/13/2014, 02:14pm EST
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Roger Waldron, President, Coalition for Government Procurement

A scholarship for veterans who want to be your agency's next acquisition leaders is now available. The Coalition for Government Procurement unveils it in its 35th anniversary celebration. Roger Waldron, president of the coalition, told In Depth with Francis Rose about the celebration.

Thursday - 11/13/2014, 02:10pm EST
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VA chief vows renewed focus on customer service

VA Secretary McDonald says "MyVA" initiative intended to refocus agency on customer service

Thursday - 11/13/2014, 12:30pm EST

VA and the office of redundancy office

Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald is making news with his plans to reorganize the Department of Veterans Affairs. Jeff Neal, senior vice president for ICF International, says the Secretary's moves are a good start because VA, like most large agencies, has its fair share of redundant organizations.

Thursday - 11/13/2014, 02:51am EST

Bob Tobias, Professor, Key Executive Leadership Programs

The largest reorganization in Veterans Affairs Department history won't look like most re-orgs you've seen before. That's according to Bob Tobias -- he's professor of Key Executive Leadership Programs at American University. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the organizational chart at the VA won't see the changes most other agencies do.

Wednesday - 11/12/2014, 04:27pm EST
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Threat to discipline 1,000 VA employees draws cheers and jeers

The biggest reorganization effort in VA history is underway, says Secretary Bob McDonald. His reform plan includes hiring a Chief Customer Service Officer and imposing disciplinary action on more than 1,000 employees. And while some praise McDonald's quick and decisive actions, others are urging a different approach that gives the accused an opportunity to respond.

Wednesday - 11/12/2014, 10:56am EST
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From Army sniper to IT professional: One vet's story of his transition to civilian life

It may seem like a leap to go from Army sniper to a career helping federal agencies deliver great online customer service and software development practices. But that's the story of Randy Tharp. A wounded warrior of two tours of duty in Iraq, he's also had two tours of duty as a federal civilian employee before heading to the Five-Nine Group.

Tuesday - 11/11/2014, 12:09pm EST

What are you doing to help our returning heroes transition to civilian jobs?

More than 1 million veterans are expected to re-enter the workforce during the next five years and it's the business community's responsibility to help them, says Deloitte's Janet Foutty. She says the nation owes it to today's newest veterans to help them find the right opportunities, the right access to education and the chance to enjoy the future they fought so hard to protect.

Tuesday - 11/11/2014, 02:23am EST

Verna Jones, Executive Director, American Legion

This Veterans Day will be one of transition at the Veterans Affairs Department. New secretary Bob McDonald has taken steps to minimize delays at veterans health centers across the country and show he's holding employees accountable. Now he wants to embark on a major reorganization of the department. One of the people watching closely is Verna Jones, the new executive director of the American Legion. Jones tells Federal News Radio's Emily Kopp that she sees progress at the VA but there's still so much more to improve.

Monday - 11/10/2014, 11:16am EST
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VA chief: 1,000 workers face disciplinary action

VA secretary says 1,000 agency workers face discipline or firing in wake of wait-time scandal

Saturday - 11/08/2014, 12:52pm EST

Legion sees hurdles amid the progress at VA

Six month after the American Legion led the call for then-Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki's resignation, Executive Director Verna Jones says she has no regrets. "We got it right," she said. "Because of that change, things are happening." Fewer veterans are waiting weeks for appointments, but Jones sees much that needs improvement at the VA.

Friday - 11/07/2014, 04:05pm EST
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McDonald says ‘biggest reorganization of VA' to rebuild trust is underway

VA Secretary Bob McDonald said the new "Road to Veterans Day Action Review" released Thursday will help change the culture of the agency. The three-pronged strategy is part of McDonald's efforts during his first 100 days in office.

Friday - 11/07/2014, 03:45am EST
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Marina Martin, Chief Technology Officer, Veterans Affairs Department

Recently the White House established what it calls the Digital Service Group. It's job: To help federal agencies with troubled, public facing technology projects. Well, the Veterans Affairs Department has established its own Digital Service group. Marina Martin, chief technology officer at VA, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain how the new group will work.

Wednesday - 11/05/2014, 09:40am EST
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Ellen Edmonson, Veterans Health Administration Telehealth Services

Veterans made 2 million virtual health care visits in fiscal 2014. Whether it's having a consult without leaving your living room or having medical data collected and monitored remotely, telehealth makes more care possible for many vets who can't make it to a clinic or don't have one nearby. Ellen Edmonson is deputy chief consultant of the Veterans Health Administration Telehealth Services. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to describe how telehealth works.

Friday - 10/24/2014, 01:00pm EDT
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VA official charged with health care fraud

Former Chief of Prosthetics at VA Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Florida, and equipment vendor charged with conspiracy to commit health care fraud.

Thursday - 10/23/2014, 10:17am EDT

Allison Hickey, Under Secretary for Benefits, Veterans Affairs Department

The Veterans Affairs Department has broken its own records in processing disability and pension claims. The agency made its way through 1.3 million claims in fiscal 2014. That surpasses 2013's record by 150,000. One result is that VA's disability claims backlog fell to its lowest number in four years. It's down 60 percent from the peak of March 2013. These numbers put VA on track to meet its 2015 goals. Allison Hickey is the undersecretary for benefits at the VA. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain how the agency was able to plow through so many cases.

Tuesday - 10/21/2014, 01:00pm EDT
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Understanding acquisition needs key to training workforce, experts say

Knowing and appreciating the industry side of the acquisitions process is key to training the acquisition workforce of the future, according to two acquisition experts.

Tuesday - 10/21/2014, 12:07pm EDT
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Latest employee viewpoint survey shows dissatisfaction with VA's senior leaders

In an agency rocked by scandal and mismanagement, employees at the Veterans Affairs Department are becoming less pleased with their senior leaders. According to data from the Office of Personnel Management's 2014 Employee Viewpoint Survey, only 37 percent of employees surveyed said they are satisfied with their senior leaders' policies and practices. The number is down from 40 percent in the 2013 survey.

Friday - 10/17/2014, 11:27am EDT
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