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Veterans Affairs News

Army praised for management turnaround at Arlington cemetery

The investigative agency that originally detailed huge management problems at Arlington National Cemetery a year and a half ago says there's been a dramatic improvement. The challenge now is maintaining the momentum.

Thursday - 01/26/2012, 06:42am EST
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VA offers free credit monitoring after mistaken data release

The Department of Veterans Affairs is offering free credit monitoring for one year to more than 2,200 veterans after the agency mistakenly released personal information of those vets online.

Monday - 01/23/2012, 08:36am EST

Federal health plans to offer Blue Button digital health-record access

All health insurance options in federal health plans will soon allow members to download a digital version of their health records using a technology called Blue Button, the Office of Personnel Management announced. The adoption of the Blue Button technology, whose use was spearheaded by the Veterans Affairs Department, will make it easer to share digital records with family members and physicians.

Wednesday - 01/18/2012, 08:07pm EST

Edward Derwinski, 1st veterans affairs sec'y, dies

Edward Derwinski, who represented Chicago's south side and adjoining suburbs in Congress for nearly a quarter-century before becoming the nation's first secretary of veterans affairs, has died. He was 85.

Wednesday - 01/18/2012, 02:55pm EST

Veteran strives to be 'part of something' in federal workforce

Andrew Goodrich, a ranger with the National Park Service, shares his story of being an injured Iraq War veteran finding a new home as a federal employee. He describes some of the challenges he faced and the accommodations his employers provided to to help him achieve success in the workplace.

Wednesday - 01/18/2012, 11:02am EST
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Website, job fair help veterans secure employment

Veterans can use the VA for Vets to gain career advice and get help on how to find a job. The website is also sponsoring a Jan. 18 veterans-only job fair at the Washington Convention Center.

Tuesday - 01/17/2012, 10:27am EST
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First lady: More research on veterans medical care

First lady Michelle Obama on Wednesday told military members and veterans that more medical schools are teaming up to boost training and research on brain injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Wednesday - 01/11/2012, 06:16pm EST

VA expands Facebook presence to every medical center

Every individual VA hospital now has its own page as part of the department's expanding social media presence. Brandon Friedman, VA's director of online communications, joined In Depth with Francis Rose to discuss the new, personalized social media initiative.

Friday - 01/06/2012, 06:04pm EST
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Stretch goals require new way of doing business

Bob Behn, a lecturer at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government, chairs the executive education program. He joined In Depth with Francis Rose to discuss going for the big goals. He cited efforts by the VA and HUD to end veterans' homelessness as an example.

Wednesday - 01/04/2012, 06:23pm EST
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Will 2012 be the year agencies focus on succession planning?

Pressure is growing on agencies to draft formal succession plans. There's good reason to believe more feds retired in late 2011 than in recent years, although the final count is not yet out.

Tuesday - 01/03/2012, 08:39pm EST
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HUD, VA collaboration succeeds in finding vets homes

President Barack Obama has promised to end homelessness among veterans within three years. He's made it a high-priority goal, challenging agencies to meet it without additional resources or laws. Officials say they're on track thanks to a unique collaboration between two agencies and dozens of local partners is focusing on the toughest cases.

Thursday - 12/29/2011, 04:42pm EST
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VA: Happy feds saved $200 million in turnover costs

The Department of Veterans Affairs avoided $200 million in turnover costs by investing in online training resources for employees, Assistant Secretary for Human Resources and Administration John Sepulveda told Federal News Radio. He also explained how the VA plans to make veterans 40 percent of its workforce, weather the retirement tsunami and continue to be a federal leader on human capital issues in a wide-ranging interview.

Friday - 12/23/2011, 07:04pm EST
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Officials cite drop in homelessness among veterans

Homelessness among the nation's veterans declined by about 12 percent during a one-year period ending January 2011, the Obama administration says.

Tuesday - 12/13/2011, 06:46am EST

VA initiative revives doctor's house call with modern twist

Jonah Czerwinski, the director of the Va's Innovation Initiative and a senior adviser to the Veterans Affairs secretary joined In Depth with Francis Rose to discuss a pilot program giving veterans access to virtual doctor's visits.

Monday - 12/12/2011, 03:37pm EST
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Lawmakers want audit of wait times for veterans

Lawmakers want an inspector general investigation to see how long veterans must wait for mental health treatment.

Tuesday - 12/06/2011, 02:10pm EST

'Moneyball' strategy works for feds?

Agencies have tons of data but don't always use it wisely. A new report examines how a few agencies are analyzing statistics to reach their goals. The Partnership for Public Service and IBM suggest in their report agencies try the 2002 Oakland A's approach to using statistics to build a winning team.

Thursday - 12/01/2011, 05:33am EST
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VA, House lawmakers spar over veteran-owned contracting program

The department must decide by Dec. 15 whether or not it will follow GAO's recommendations after losing a bid protest decision. VA tries to explain why service-disabled veteran owned firms do not receive the highest priority for all contracts. Lawmakers express frustration over the agency's explanation.

Thursday - 12/01/2011, 05:19am EST
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Sharing medical information safely and securely

Host John Gilroy is joined by CNSI Senior Vice President Shaliesh Patel. They will discuss the challenges in helping citizens get more involved in their own healthcare.
November 29, 2011(Encore presentation December 20, 2011)

Tuesday - 11/29/2011, 10:56pm EST
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VA delivering 9 out of 10 IT projects on time

In the Department of Veterans Affairs, it took two years and a big culture change to raise the rate of on-time deliveries of IT projects from below 30 percent to just shy of 90 percent. But according to VA's CIO, those changes amount to his department giving itself its own budget increase.

Monday - 11/28/2011, 05:36am EST
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VA offers new buyouts, early outs

The buyouts and early retirements apply to billing and collection jobs in 11 regional health care networks. They are part of VA's initiative to consolidate accounting activities.

Wednesday - 11/23/2011, 01:30pm EST
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