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10:19 am, August 21, 2014

Veterans Affairs News

Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Veterans Affairs Department will try to address one major aspect of its patient scheduling scandal by looking to industry for help. VA is planning two major acquisitions in the coming months. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss what VA is trying to do. Read Jason's related article.

Wednesday - 06/11/2014, 08:52am EDT
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VA planning two RFPs to help fix patient scheduling problems

The first solicitation will address near-term fixes for the current application. The second one will look to commercial technology for a wholesale replacement of the scheduling application. VA says it will build off the contest it ran in 2013 where it awarded $3 million to competitors to develop VISTA-friendly scheduling software.

Wednesday - 06/11/2014, 03:58am EDT
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Congress moving to ensure speedier care for vets

Responding to uproar over delays, House votes for speedier care for US vets; Senate is next

Wednesday - 06/11/2014, 03:52am EDT

Martin Matishak, Staff Writer, The Hill Newspaper

Leaders of both the House and Senate pledge to move quickly on legislation to help the Veterans Affairs Department treat the more than 100,000 vets who are either waiting months for medical appointments or have been unable to see a doctor. At a House hearing late last night, a top VA official apologized for the delays, calling them indefensible. Martin Matishak, staff writer at The Hill, joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss prospects for legislation and VA's future.

Tuesday - 06/10/2014, 09:34am EDT
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Rob Levinson, Senior Defense Analyst, Bloomberg Government

The Veterans Affairs Department now says more than 57,000 veterans have waited at least 90 days for their first medical appointments. An additional 64,000 appear to have never gotten appointments at all. One solution Congress is considering entails giving the VA more money to close the gap. Robert Levinson is a senior defense analyst with Bloomberg Government. He joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to take a closer look at VA spending.

Tuesday - 06/10/2014, 08:47am EDT
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Audit: More than 57,000 await first VA appointment

Huge backup: 57,000 vets waiting 90 days or more for first VA appointment; more never seen

Tuesday - 06/10/2014, 03:36am EDT

More problems with VA scheduling systems revealed

The electronic wait system for keeping track of and monitoring initial primary-care appointments for new patients at Veterans Affairs medical facilities is not the only scheduling system at VA that's now under scrutiny. A separate system for monitoring VA patients' access to outpatient specialty care -- such as cardiologists, gastroenterologists and physical therapists is also "unreliable," according to GAO's Debra Draper, who testified before the House Veterans Affairs Committee Monday evening.

Monday - 06/09/2014, 05:21pm EDT

Cover-ups 101

Scandal-rocked federal agencies could, probably should, take survival training from Detroit auto-makers, who know how to handle little and sometimes not so little problems, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Monday - 06/09/2014, 02:00am EDT

Cleveland Clinic CEO says no to seeking VA post

Dr. Toby Cosgrove of the Cleveland Clinic issued a statement Saturday saying he is honored to have been considered for the post but has decided to remain with the nonprofit medical center.

Sunday - 06/08/2014, 12:28am EDT

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 6, 2014

Friday - 06/06/2014, 09:54pm EDT
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Acting chief says VA won't tolerate intimidation

Acting secretary says VA won't tolerate intimidation or retaliation against whistleblowers

Friday - 06/06/2014, 08:20pm EDT

Julia Ziegler, Web Manager, Federal News Radio

What implications will the VA scandal have on other federal agencies? Many feds and management groups are asking that question as Congress considers legislation that would allow the VA to fire poor-performing employees. Federal News Radio's Web Manager Julia Ziegler joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss why the Senate might not pass its version of the bill today.

Friday - 06/06/2014, 09:32am EDT
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VA chief: 18 vets left off waiting list have died

Acting VA chief reveals 18 more Phoenix-area veterans died after being left off waiting list

Friday - 06/06/2014, 02:32am EDT

OSC investigating dozens of claims of whistleblower retaliation at VA

The Office of Special Counsel is investigating more than three dozen claims of whistleblower retaliation at the scandal-rocked Veterans Affairs Department. The 37 cases OSC is investigating span VA facilities in 19 states. They include VA employees who say they've been retaliated against for disclosing a range of misconduct, including improper scheduling practices, the misuse of agency funds and inappropriately restraining patients, according to OSC.

Thursday - 06/05/2014, 11:32am EDT

John Mahoney, Federal Employment Attorney

The House has approved a bill to give the Veterans Affairs secretary the right to fire senior executives almost at will. It's understandable members of Congress are outraged over long waiting times and falsification of records at VA hospitals, compounded by the fact that VA managers have received millions of dollars in bonuses. But it's not clear whether the proposal is legal. In our weekly legal loop segment, federal employment attorney John Mahoney spoke with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive. He explained exactly what the House approved and who the bill affects.

Thursday - 06/05/2014, 09:00am EDT
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Future of the SES and the latest at VA

On this week's Your Turn radio show, host Mike Causey chats with Carol Bonosaro, president of the Senior Executives Association about the threats to the career SES and the dangers to the American public if career jobs are turned into serve-at-will positions. Mike also speaks with reporter Andy Medici from the Federal Times about the latest at the VA and how legislation could affect feds at that agency.

Wednesday - 06/04/2014, 04:32pm EDT

Leadership, modernization key to fixing the VA

Amid the scandal over patient delays and falsified records at Veterans Affairs health facilities, numerous bills are circulating in Congress. But former VA Secretary Anthony Principi says strong leadership and modernization offer the best long-term solution for the agency.

Wednesday - 06/04/2014, 09:49am EDT
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Republicans offer alternative VA health care bill

Legislative fixes for VA hospital, clinic patient waits piling up in Congress

Wednesday - 06/04/2014, 07:00am EDT

Making and re-making your career with resilience

Former GSA Administrator Martha Johnson sits down with Women of Washington hosts Aileen Black and GiGi Schumm to offer an insider's perspective on Eric Shinseki's recent resignation from the Veterans Affairs Department.

Wednesday - 06/04/2014, 02:17am EDT

Hakeem Basheerud-Deen, Director of Veterans Services, Office of Personel Management

A new guide from the Office of Personnel Management lays out the next chapter in the government's efforts to employ veterans. Back in 2009, President Barack Obama told agencies to be model employers of vets. Veterans made up about a quarter of new hires. Today, they are at about 31 percent. Hakeem Basheerud-Deen directs veterans services at OPM. He's also an Air Force vet. He tells Tom and Emily on the Federal Drive that some agencies are doing well at hiring vets.

Tuesday - 06/03/2014, 07:06pm EDT
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