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10:30 pm, October 22, 2014

Veterans Affairs News

Senate to take up new VA bill after scandal

Vermont lawmaker to introduce remade bill to address troubled veterans' health system

Monday - 06/02/2014, 04:06pm EDT

Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook: DoD drills down on service contracting; a controversial decision on contractor pay

"Inside the DoD's Reporter's Notebook" is a bi-weekly feature focused on news about the Defense Department and defense community as gathered by Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu. Submit your ideas, suggestions and news tips to Jared via email.

Monday - 06/02/2014, 04:15am EDT

Off with their heads ... Oh, and you too!

Regardless of how you feel about the VA scandal, it's probably going to get worse before it gets better and you, and especially your boss, have a major stake in the "solution" to the problem, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

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

Veterans Department to be led by career banker

After less than four months at the Veterans Affairs Department, Sloan D. Gibson suddenly finds himself in charge of fixing the problems that led to the resignation of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki.

Sunday - 06/01/2014, 03:42pm EDT

House bill cuts 'red tape' at VA, but at what cost?

On its surface, the Department of Veterans Affairs Management Accountability Act of 2014 is simple, but its simplicity belies the risks it presents for VA employees, former DHS CHCO Jeff Neal says.

Friday - 05/30/2014, 04:57pm EDT

Shinseki resigns amid veterans' health care uproar

Obama announces VA Secretary Shinseki resigns amid veterans' health care troubles

Friday - 05/30/2014, 12:45pm EDT

Shinseki resigns amid VA health care issues

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki has resigned amid widespread troubles in the VA health care system. President Barack Obama says he accepted the resignation with "considerable regret." He and Shinseki met in the Oval Office on Friday morning.

Friday - 05/30/2014, 11:25am EDT

IG concludes VA's systems, data remain at risk

The 2013 FISMA report to Congress shows the Veterans Affairs Department continues to struggle with cybersecurity and has more than 6,000 items on its plans of actions and milestones and continued weaknesses in access and configuration management controls. VA CIO Stephen Warren details several initiatives to address many of the 35 recommendations.

Friday - 05/30/2014, 04:11am EDT

IG: Phoenix VA hospital missed care for 1,700 vets

Inspector general says 1,700 veterans awaiting care at Phoenix VA hospital left off wait list

Thursday - 05/29/2014, 01:20am EDT

The VA controversy and the state of the civil service

Debra Roth, partner at Shaw Bransford and Roth will discuss what's happening at the VA and OPM Director Katherine Archuleta will talk about the status of phased retirement, the retirement-claims backlog and other civil service issues.
May 28, 2014

Wednesday - 05/28/2014, 09:49pm EDT
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VA hacks away at claims backlog, increases accuracy

Allison Hickey, VA's undersecretary for benefits, said VBMS has transformed the agency from a paper system to one that mostly relies on electronic data. Some lawmakers express concern about the way the agency is measuring how it reduces the number of veterans waiting for benefits.

Wednesday - 05/28/2014, 04:49am EDT
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Don't fold, staple or mutilate me

Feds whose jobs put them in direct contact with the public must be treading lightly these days, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. That includes people at the IRS, the Social Security Administration, TSA and, right now, the Veterans Affairs Department.

Tuesday - 05/27/2014, 02:00am EDT

Lawmakers call for tighter grip on VA hospitals

Lawmakers overseeing VA hospital system urge remedies to ease long waits and backlogs

Monday - 05/26/2014, 07:02pm EDT

Obama: US must do more to care for veterans

President Barack Obama says the U.S. must work harder to make sure veterans get the opportunities and benefits they have earned.

Sunday - 05/25/2014, 10:16am EDT

Veterans transitioning to civilian life

How does the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs promote employment opportunities for veterans? What is VA doing to enhance opportunities for veterans to obtain knowledge and skills to properly transition into civilian life? What programs provide opportunities for veterans to obtain, retain and adapt at home? Join host Michael Keegan as he explores these questions and more with Curtis Coy, Deputy Under Secretary for Economic Opportunity at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - on a Memorial Day Edition of The Business of Government Hour.

Friday - 05/23/2014, 08:21am EDT

Alex Bolton, Senior Staff Writer, The Hill Newspaper

Washington seems enveloped in a tong war over happenings at Veterans Affairs' hospitals. A lesser known but highly critical VA program expires this fall unless Congress acts. It's the Assisted Living Pilot Program for Veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury. Several bills introduced to keep the popular program alive have become lost in the swirl of politics over more visible issues. At a time when the VA is under harsh scrutiny, one of its more successful programs is about to die. Alex Bolton is a staff writer at The Hill Newspaper. He discussed the program and some of the benefits it has accrued so far on the Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp.

Thursday - 05/22/2014, 10:02am EDT
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Obama vows fix to veterans' health care troubles

Amid mounting outrage, Obama pledges to repair vets' health care; House OKs firings authority

Thursday - 05/22/2014, 02:50am EDT

House approves bill to speed firings at VA

The House has approved a bill to give the Veterans Affairs secretary more authority to fire or demote senior executives at the agency. The bill responds to a growing furor over allegations of treatment delays and preventable deaths at VA hospitals.

Wednesday - 05/21/2014, 07:30pm EDT

Aide: Obama 'madder than hell' over VA allegations

Aide: Obama 'madder than hell' about allegations of treatment delays at veterans' hospitals

Monday - 05/19/2014, 06:26pm EDT

Debra Draper, Government Accountability Office

The Veterans Affairs department's inspector general says it will take until August before it finishes investigating allegations of manipulated waiting lists in the Phoenix VA medical system and elsewhere around the country. But even if the investigation doesn't uncover intentional falsification, there is one thing we do know, based on the work of the Government Accountability Office: VA's data on medical appointment wait times is, at the very least, unreliable. And has been for years. Debra Draper, director of Health Care Issues at GAO, testified before the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs last week and joins In Depth with Francis Rose (guest hosted by Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu) to discuss VA's issues with appointment scheduling.

Monday - 05/19/2014, 05:16pm EDT
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