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DoD, VA encouraged to do more for returning soldiers

The secretaries of the departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs testified about how the two agencies are collaborating to make it easier for military members to return to civilian life. Members of the Armed Services and Veterans Affairs House committees questioned them about various programs designed to help the process.

Tags: DoD , Veterans Affairs , Congress , House Armed Services Committee , House Committee on Veterans Affairs , Leon Panetta , Eric Shinseki , Jeff Miller , Transition Assistance Program , electronic health records , management , workforce , Esther Carey

Thursday - 07/26/2012, 05:22am EDT
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Following the Veterans Affairs money further down the chain

When agencies get money through appropriations, the next step is to push it to the programs and projects that need it. But the VA may be having some problems doing so.

Tags: management , health IT , Congress , Department of Veterans Affairs , VA , House Veterans Affairs Committee , Rita Reed , Michael Finegan

Thursday - 12/03/2009, 07:47pm EST

Social Security disability claims progress threatened by state furloughs

After decades of neglect and what one official describes as "severe underfunding", Social Security Administration officials are finally seeing progress in reducing a huge backlog of claims for disability benefits. This, after recent infusions of staff, technology, and money. However, that progress is now threatened by another, more pressing problem: the furloughs of state disability claims reviewers, whose salary is partially paid for by federal funds.

Tags: management , pay & benefits , Social Security Administration , Michael Astrue , Patrick O'Carroll , California , Gov. Arnold Schwartzenegger , Vice President Biden , Max Cacas

Friday - 11/20/2009, 12:15pm EST
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Bill proposes housing aid for vets who take online courses

The chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee wants to give returning vets who take classes online some parity with those who go to brick-and-mortar schools.

Tags: P&B , mngt , education , veterans , House Veterans Affairs Committee

Friday - 02/13/2009, 05:17pm EST

SSA staying on top of claims increase

Commissioner Astrue tells House committee that despite the recession, the agency still plans on reducing its disability claims backlog. SSA using a combination of technology, new employees and improved processes to continue on the path to eliminate its hearings backlog by 2013. State agency furloughs, however, are causing additional challenges with the log jam of claims.

Tags: management , technology , Michael Astrue , Linda Sanchez , Patrick O'Carroll , SSA , GAO , House Ways and Means Committee , disability benefits , claims processing

Wednesday - 04/28/2010, 07:08am EDT
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Rep. Bob Filner: steps to improve government for veterans

The Initiative underscores to federal agencies the importance of recruiting and training veterans, aims to increase the employment of veterans within the Executive Branch, and helps recently hired veterans adjust to service in a civilian capacity.

Tags: P&B , veterans , Veterans Day , Congressional Spotlight , federal hiring , House Veterans Affairs Committee , VA , IRS , best practices

Wednesday - 11/11/2009, 12:15pm EST
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Shinseki: a paperless VA in three years?

A decorated Army General declares war on delay-creating paper.

Tags: mngt , pentagon , VA , Robert Gates , House Veterans Affairs Committee , Eric Shinseki , medical records , information technology

Thursday - 02/05/2009, 07:25am EST
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Inside Government - January 30th, 2009

U.S. Rep. Bob Filner (D-Calif.)
U.S Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.)
U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.)
John Bruton

Tags: Jan Schakowsky , Steve Cohen , John Bruton , healthcare , EU

Wednesday - 01/28/2009, 06:58pm EST