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7:04 pm, September 2, 2014

Veterans Affairs News

Ford Heard, Veterans Affairs Department

The Department of Veterans Affairs is building a "special ops" team of acquisition experts. Ford Heard, the associate deputy assistant secretary for procurement policy, systems and oversight at the VA, joined Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller and Francis Rose on In Depth. They discussed the latest results of Federal News Radio's Chief Acquisition Officer Survey.

Monday - 06/30/2014, 04:08pm EDT
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Online Chat: VA Deputy Senior Procurement Executive Ford Heard

Ford Heard, the Veterans Affairs Department's associate deputy assistant secretary for Procurement Policy, Systems and Oversight, joins Federal News Radio for an online chat on June 30.

Monday - 06/30/2014, 02:53am EDT

VA nurse claims retaliation for blowing the whistle on patient practices

When a nurse manager at a Veterans Affairs medical center in Albany, New York, saw a patient being unnecessarily kept in restraints for seven hours, she couldn't remain silent. But little did Valerie Riviello know that her actions as a whistleblower would start her down on a path of retaliation from her coworkers.

Friday - 06/27/2014, 10:27am EDT
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Agency blunders put spotlight on risk management

A series of management blunders and agency misbehavior in recent years ranging from the General Services Administration to the Veterans Affairs Department, haven't only put agency leaders in the hot seat and sometimes out of work. They've also highlighted the importance of better risk-management planning by agencies, current and former federal officials told Federal News Radio as part of a special discussion on risk management.

Thursday - 06/26/2014, 04:51pm EDT
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Pentagon sticking to its guns in commercial approach to health record system

After a failed attempt to build a shared system with VA, the Defense Department is in a hurry to replace its aging health IT system. DoD says the final product will be an off-the-shelf commercial solution with as few changes as possible.

Thursday - 06/26/2014, 04:10am EDT
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2 top Veterans Affairs officials leaving jobs

Two top Department of Veterans Affairs officials are stepping down, the beleaguered agency announced Wednesday as it continued reeling from complaints that thousands of veterans have endured long waits for appointments and poor medical care.

Wednesday - 06/25/2014, 06:30pm EDT

Bob Tobias, Director, American University

Some changes are coming at the top of the Department of Veterans Affairs, with new leader coming in for the Veterans Health Administration next Wednesday. VA's General Counsel Will Gunn plans to resign early next month. The changes appear to be the result of a trust issue at the agency. Bob Tobias is director of Key Executive Leadership Programs at American University. He said on In Depth with Francis Rose that performance issues are in the public spotlight because of the problems at Department of Veterans Affairs, but the problem actually goes way beyond the VA.

Wednesday - 06/25/2014, 04:59pm EDT
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VA reshuffling leadership team

Acting VA Secretary Sloan Gibson announced Friday the nomination of Carolyn Clancy as interim undersecretary for health in the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Wednesday - 06/25/2014, 03:58pm EDT

House, Senate begins compromise talks on vets bill

House, Senate negotiators seek compromise on vets health care bill

Wednesday - 06/25/2014, 03:40pm EDT

You're fired! And other federal management fantasies

The Veterans Affairs Department recently revealed that none of its senior executives had gotten a rating below fully successful in the past four years. While that may seem shocking, the VA is not that out of the ordinary. Sub-par ratings for SES members are not common and firing them is even less common, says former CHCO Jeff Neal.

Wednesday - 06/25/2014, 11:53am EDT

Cheri Cannon (pictured), Valerie Riviello

The Veterans Affairs Department is reeling from allegations, made by its own staff, that it has mistreated patients. More employees are coming forward to report what they see as systemic wrongdoing. The Office of Special Counsel is looking at 50 cases right now, and one of them is the case of Valerie Riviello. She is a nurse at the Samuel Stratton VA Medical Center in Albany, New York. Cheri Cannon of the law firm Tulley Rinckey is handling her case. They joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss why Riviello decided to blow the whistle.

Wednesday - 06/25/2014, 10:31am EDT
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Senate report: VA's scheduling problems are a symptom of malpractice epidemic

Sen. Tom Coburn's (R-Okla.) investigation into Veterans Affairs hospitals reveals widespread manipulation, criminal activity and poor management.

Wednesday - 06/25/2014, 04:13am EDT

VA challenged on handling of whistleblower charges

VA challenged on its treatment of whistleblower complaints about patient health and safety

Tuesday - 06/24/2014, 03:38pm EDT

J. David Cox, President, American Federation of Government Employees

The House and Senate have appointed members to a conference committee on legislation to revamp the Veterans Affairs health care system. Regardless of how Congress ends up changing the structure to address long wait times for patients, the system will need more money for emergencies. That is one request from the American Federation of Government Employees, which represents many front-line VA employees. J. David Cox is the union's president and a former VA nurse. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss how the problems at the VA are affecting the front-line employees.

Monday - 06/23/2014, 09:43am EDT
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What is vetsHQ.com?

Linda Rix, co-CEO of FastYeti Incorporated will talk about a new website that helps veterans navigate their way through the with benefits claims process.
June 20, 2014

Friday - 06/20/2014, 09:54pm EDT
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VA defends 'outlandish' performance rating, bonus systems

Despite reports of delayed patient treatments, falsified records and preventable veteran deaths, the Department of Veterans Affairs said all of its 470 senior executives have been rated "successful" over the past four fiscal years. The ratings have sparked outrage among members of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs, whose chairman called the performance rating and bonus system at the VA "outlandish."

Friday - 06/20/2014, 03:07pm EDT

Senate bill to fire VA SESers could further overwhelm MSPB

Legislation in the Senate would allow the Veterans Affairs secretary to dismiss members of the Senior Executive Service on the grounds of performance, and that could mean more appeal cases for the already-swamped Merit Systems Protection Board.

Thursday - 06/19/2014, 11:13am EDT
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VA chief: More vets wait 30 days for appointment

About 10 percent of veterans seeking medical care at VA hospitals and clinics have to wait at least 30 days for an appointment -- more than twice the percentage of veterans the government said last week were forced to endure long waits.

Thursday - 06/19/2014, 03:12am EDT

The state of the Civil Service & the VA controversy

On this week's Your Turn radio show, an encore presentation of host Mike Causey's interview with OPM Director Katherine Archuleta. She discusses the status of phased retirement, the retirement-claims backlog and other civil service issues. Andy Medici from the Federal Times joins the show live to discuss President Obama's executive order banning discrimination among LGBT employees of contractors.
June 18, 2014

Wednesday - 06/18/2014, 06:41pm EDT

Vice Adm. Norb Ryan, Military Officer's Association of America

Last week, the Senate voted overwhelmingly to approve legislation designed to help solve long wait times at VA medical facilities. The longer-term fixes included more funding to hire health care providers and lease more VA operated facilities. For the shorter term, the McCain-Sanders bill also expands VA's authority to send its patients to outside providers -- including private clinics, but also facilities run by other agencies, including the Indian Health Service and the Defense Department. Retired Vice Adm. Norb Ryan is the president of the Military Officer's Association of America. He spoke with Jared Serbu on In Depth about the plusses -- and as MOAA sees it -- some of the minuses of the bill.

Wednesday - 06/18/2014, 03:29pm EDT
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