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House lawmakers alarmed by VA's overseas network access

On the heels of another Veterans Affairs Department inspector general report showing departmental cybersecurity practices falling short, House Veterans Affairs Committee lawmakers are pressing for more answers about just how secure the data of millions of veterans are in the agency's network.

Tags: technology , cybersecurity , VA , oversight , Stephen Warren , VA cyber on the hot seat , Inside the Reporters Notebook , Jason Miller

Monday - 04/20/2015, 04:04am EDT

SEA calls on House lawmakers to further improve VA Accountability bill

Carol Bonosaro, president of the Senior Executives Association, explained her organization's concerns, saying Congress doesn't need to micromanage SES performance reviews at VA.

Tags: management , Senior Executives Association , Senior Executive Service , Veterans Affairs Department , oversight , Carol Bonosaro , Jason Miller

Thursday - 04/16/2015, 04:35pm EDT

Congress deals with 'ultimate catch-22' on funding for VA's $1.7 billion Denver hospital

VA told Congress Wednesday that it wants to complete construction on its controversial hospital complex in Aurora, Colorado, by tapping into a fund that was supposed to cut down on patient wait times. Some members of Congress expressed frustration with the plan. "You've put us in the ultimate catch-22, because we don't want to go forward and we can't quit," Rep. David Roe told VA officials at yesterday's hearing.

Tags: VA , Congress , acquisition , Sloan Gibson , Jeff Miller , Jared Serbu , Veterans Affairs Department , Denver , construction , buildings , Office of Construction and Facilities Management , Kiewit-Turner , Army Corps of Engineers

Thursday - 04/16/2015, 04:40am EDT
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VA disputes House lawmaker's claim of nation state attack

Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) said the Veterans Affairs Department fell victim to another breach by a nation state in September 2014, putting veterans' data at risk. But VA CIO Steph Warren said internal and external reviews found no evidence of a breach.

Tags: technology , cybersecurity , Veterans Affairs , Steph Warren , Jackie Walorski , Tim Huelskamp , Jason Miller

Thursday - 03/19/2015, 04:25pm EDT

Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

House lawmakers and Veterans Affairs' IT officials continue to spar over the data security of millions of veterans. In the latest episode, VA Committee lawmakers say the agency suffered another nation state cyber attack. But IT officials say they have seen no evidence of such an attack. Federal News Radio's Executive editor Jason Miller joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with details on this ongoing cybersecurity drama.

Tags: Jason Miller , Veterans Affairs , Congress , cybersecurity , Federal Drive

Friday - 03/20/2015, 06:13am EDT
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What happens when the Treasury IG disputes findings of a VA IG report?

The Treasury Department's inspector general reviewed a recent Veterans Affairs IG report and concluded the actions of a former VA acquisitions official "did not violate applicable law."

Tags: Veterans Affairs , Treasury Department , inspector general , Iris Cooper , Maureen Regan , acquisition , Contracting , Eric Thorson , Tridec , Jeff Miller , House , oversight

Monday - 03/16/2015, 05:37pm EDT

Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.), Chairman, House Veterans Affairs Committee

Bonuses went to some employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs who later got caught up in the wait time scandal, and other incidents at the agency. The congressman who sponsored the bill that makes it easier to fire SESers at VA wants to go after those bonuses now. Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.) is chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said seeing results from the VA Management Accountability Act of 2014 (the firing bill that President Barack Obama signed late last year) won't happen overnight.

Tags: Jeff Miller , Veterans Affairs , House , Congress , In Depth

Wednesday - 01/28/2015, 04:17pm EST
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House bill would reduce SES pensions at VA

House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller wants new ways to punish SES members accused of misconduct, including possible pension reductions, limits on paid leave. He also wants to curtail VA's bonus award system.

Tags: Jeff Miller , House , SES , SEA , Carol Bonosaro , veterans , Veterans Affairs , accountability , GAO , Hal Rogers , Sean McCalley

Friday - 01/23/2015, 07:46am EST

VA seeks Army Corps of Engineers' help after construction failures

VA will seek at least $1.1 billion from Congress to rescue a Denver hospital project that was supposed to cost $600 million. The final price tag won't be known for several more months. VA also asked the Army Corps to conduct a complete examination of its major construction programs across the country.

Tags: Veterans Affairs , Congress , Army Corps of Engineers , Veterans Health Administration , Contracting , Industry , Kiewit-Turner , Sloan Gibson , Lloyd Caldwell , management , Jared Serbu

Friday - 01/23/2015, 04:56am EST
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