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Veterans Affairs News

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

Protecting the mobile environment

Host John Gilroy is joined by AirPatrol Corporation CTO Tom Kellermann. They will discuss how to control data leakage from mobile devices.
November 22, 2011

Tuesday - 11/22/2011, 11:08pm EST
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Obama signs bipartisan bill to help jobless vets, repeals contractor tax withholding

President Barack Obama will sign into law Monday legislation giving tax breaks to companies that hire unemployed veterans.

Monday - 11/21/2011, 01:16pm EST

New strategy gives agencies a "springboard" for increasing diversity

Agencies have four months to develop diversity and inclusion plans under a broad, brief governmentwide strategy released Thursday. Proponents say, by making the President's Management Council responsible for progress, the strategy will succeed where past measures have failed.

Monday - 11/21/2011, 05:15am EST
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Indian Health Service facing data deadline

Acting CIO Howard Hays said the agency is taking advantage of the work VA is doing to update its systems. Indian Health Services borrows heavily from VA's VistA electronic health records system.
November 17, 2011(Encore presentation December 29, 2011)

Friday - 11/18/2011, 12:58am EST
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VA Acquisition Academy teaches both technical and interpersonal skills

Lisa Doyle is chancellor of VA's Acquisition Academy.

Thursday - 11/17/2011, 06:20pm EST
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Pilot program trains vets to be execs

Kelly O'Connor, president of Efiia Cares, shares details of the program.

Wednesday - 11/16/2011, 07:23pm EST
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VA's acqusition overhaul a 'firm commitment'

VA's expert on that front is Glenn Haggstrom, the executive director of the department's Office of Acquisition, Logistics and Construction. joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Amy Morris from the 2011 Government Contract Management Conference with his perspective on acquisition.

Wednesday - 11/16/2011, 01:03pm EST
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Training new acquisition leaders

Host Roger Waldron is joined by Lisa Doyle, Chancellor of the Department of Veteran Affairs Acquisition Academy. They will talk about the academy's curriculum and its vision.
November 15, 2011

Tuesday - 11/15/2011, 07:13pm EST
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VA solves project management woes through competency models

The agency puts employees in pools based on their expertise, and then the employees move from project to project based on the needs of that program. VA now is working on 60 percent more projects than under the previous approach.
November 10, 2011(Encore presentation December 22, 2011)

Thursday - 11/10/2011, 07:02pm EST
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Analysis: Fighting veteran homelessness takes more than money

Maj. Brian Hampton is president of the Center for American Homeless Veterans.

Thursday - 11/10/2011, 06:27pm EST
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VA to reevaluate T4 protester's bid

The Court of Federal Claims rules in VA's favor on five of six counts. But VA must relook at Standard Communications' bid to see if it meets the solicitation's best value criteria.

Thursday - 11/10/2011, 05:23pm EST

Labor Department rolls out job-search website for veterans

Jane Oates, the assistant secretary for the Employment and Training Administration at the Labor Department, joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Amy Morris to discuss how a new veteran-specific job website works.

Thursday - 11/10/2011, 10:27am EST
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Analysis: Vets need small biz guidance

Scott Denniston, executive director of programs at the National Veteran-Owned Business Association, discusses the barriers to veterans getting small business contracts.

Wednesday - 11/09/2011, 07:46pm EST
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New federal hiring concentrated in DoD, VA, DHS

Despite considerations to cut federal workforce sizes, three agencies' staff have been growing in recent years.

Tuesday - 11/08/2011, 06:04pm EST
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Senators call for probe into veteran-owned contracting

Three senators are calling for a Government Accountability Office investigation to ensure federal contracts are actually going to businesses owned by veterans and service-disabled vets.

Monday - 11/07/2011, 07:32pm EST

PTSD there's an app for that

A smartphone application released by the Defense and Veterans Affairs Departments in the spring leverages the power of mobile technology to help veterans better manage post-traumatic stress disorder.

Monday - 11/07/2011, 11:54am EST
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OMB wants 'single door' for vendors at each agency

Federal CIO Steven VanRoekel wants agencies to create vendor management organizations to centralize how contractors work with departments. So far, four agencies are piloting the vendor management organizations. VanRoekel, who also wants agencies to use investment review boards more for strategic goals, said the use of both tools "very much align with our priorities to do more with less."

Monday - 11/07/2011, 05:37am EST
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VA's mobile strategy aims for flexibility, multiple devices

The Veterans Affairs Department wants to hedge its bets when it comes to its planned rollout of up to 100,000 tablet devices. IT leaders worry about the unpredictability of the mobile technology landscape, and don't want to spend millions to develop apps for a platform that risks being superseded by a competitor.

Thursday - 11/03/2011, 05:52am EDT
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