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House lawmakers press VA for more details, assurances after cyber attacks

House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller (R-Fla.) and ranking member Michael Michaud (D-Maine) sent Secretary Eric Shinseki a letter asking for an explanation on why VA didn't tell the committee about multiple nation state attacks. The lawmakers call for VA to offer credit monitoring services to tens of millions of veterans.

Tags: technology , cybersecurity , Jeff Miller , Mike Michaud , Eric Shinseki , Veterans Affairs , VA , Jason Miller

Friday - 06/14/2013, 12:33pm EDT
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Lawmakers, IG expose further vulnerabilities in VA's cybersecurity

The Veterans Affairs Department has been compromised by at least eight different nation state organizations that stole data from its systems, House lawmakers and other experts say. VA officials say there always are risks, but their computer security is better than ever before.

Tags: technology , VA , Stephen Warren , Mike Coffman , Tim Huelskamp , Jerry Davis , Linda Halliday , Mike Bowman , oversight , cybersecurity , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 06/05/2013, 09:13am EDT
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VA's security shortcuts put millions of veterans' data at risk, former VA cyber official alleges

The Veterans Affairs Department denies claims that systems or data are in danger. But Jerry Davis, the former deputy assistant secretary for information security in VA's Office of Information and Technology, asserts in documents that he was bullied into signing security certifications that were deficient as a condition of his departure from VA for a new job at NASA.

Tags: exclusive , technology , cybersecurity , management , VA , Jerry Davis , Stephen Warren , Roger Baker , Mike Michaud , Senate Veterans Affairs Committee , Jason Miller , veterans , information security

Monday - 06/03/2013, 06:01am EDT
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VA chipping away at oldest disability claims in backlog

All veterans who have waited two years or more for a decision will have their cases decided by next month, the Department of Veterans Affairs told Congress. Half of the Veterans Benefits Administration's oldest cases already have been removed from the backlog.

Tags: VA , claims backlog , Allison Hickey , Congress , Jeff Miller , Jared Serbu

Friday - 05/24/2013, 07:16am EDT
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Doubts remain over VA's ability to end huge disability claims backlog

VA officials still insist the 630,000 disability claims waiting to be processed will be eliminated by 2015. But so far, numbers are headed in the wrong direction and House Veterans Affairs Committee members are losing patience.

Tags: VA , VBMS , disability claims backlog , Congress , Jeff Miller , Michael Michaud , Kevin McCarthy , Jared Serbu , technology , management , Allison Hickey

Thursday - 03/21/2013, 06:31am EDT
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Beneficiaries claim VA's processing of GI Bill benefits still lackluster

The Department of Veterans Affairs' work to automate payments under the complicated Post-9/11 GI bill is coming to fruition. But schools and students complain about inability to track status of claims.

Tags: Congress , VA , Post-9/11 GI Bill , Hayleigh Perez , Michael Dakduk , Kim Hall , Roger Baker , Robert Worley , IRS , technology , Jared Serbu

Friday - 02/15/2013, 05:41am EST

House Republicans deride VA for non-answers on conference spending

The Veterans' Affairs Committee is turning up its oversight heat after Veterans Affairs officials "stonewalled" their questions. Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.) said there are 66 outstanding questions on conference spending that the committee has been waiting for answers from VA since August. VA pushed back saying it has responded as quickly and as accurately as possible.

Tags: management , VA , Jeff Miller , W. Scott Gould , Phillipa Anderson , conference spending , fraud, waste and abuse , Congress , oversight , Jason Miller

Thursday - 11/29/2012, 05:26am EST
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DoD, VA's health IT efforts grow out of leadership, necessity

The agencies soon will issue solicitations that will take them one step closer to deploying integrated electronic health records for service members, veterans and their families. The departments have been working on the project for years but have only recently begun to demonstrate tangible progress.

Tags: DoD , VA , electronic health records , health IT , technology , Ruben Gomez , Barclay Butler , Jeff Miller , Ed Meagher , Robert Wah , Obama Impact , CSC , SRA , DoD Report , Federal Drive

Tuesday - 09/18/2012, 03:35am EDT
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VA paid $52K for 'Patton' conference training video

A 15-minute training video that cost $52,000 to make joins the examples of excessive spending at two Veterans Affairs' conferences last year with a total pricetag of $5 million.

Tags: VA , House Oversight and Government Reform , Jeff Miller , Darrell Issa , Eric Shinseki , conference , Shakeup at GSA , oversight , budget , Congress , George Patton

Thursday - 08/23/2012, 09:45am EDT
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