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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 , House Veterans Affairs Committee , Jeff Miller ,

Friday - 05/24/2013, 07:16am EDT
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DoD chooses interoperability over integration for new e-health record system

Frank Kendall says many different factors played into the Pentagon's decision to go with a competitive bidding process to develop its integrated electronic health record system, instead of adopting VA's VistA program. He said DoD wants to ensure its system is interoperable not just with VA hospitals but with civilian health facilities as well. In addition, Kendall cited cultural differences between the two large agencies.

Tags: DoD , VA , electronic health record , health IT , technology , information sharing , VistA , AHLTA , Frank Kendall , Mike Michaud ,

Thursday - 05/23/2013, 06:42am EDT
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In Depth Show Blog - May 21, 2013

On the In Depth show blog, you can listen to our interviews, find more information about the guests on the show each day, as well as links to other stories and resources we discuss.

Tags: In Depth , Phyllis Schneck , Elizabeth Field Singer , Charles Tiefer , Kim Weaver , Lee Wilbur

Tuesday - 05/21/2013, 05:58pm EDT

Hagel: Accountability breakdown was leading factor in sexual assaults

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said he's taken several steps to improve the military's response to and prevention of sexual assaults, but that the problem can't be solved by policy directives alone. On the matter of sexual assaults, he said he believes the military's chain of command has suffered an accountability breakdown.

Tags: sexual assault , Uniform Code of Military Justice , Chuck Hagel , Martin Dempsey , Mark Welsh , management , workforce

Monday - 05/20/2013, 05:26am EDT
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In fight over intelligence IT system, Army prioritizes access to data

The Army says hard-won lessons on the battlefield have taught it that stovepiped IT systems have no place in the business of intelligence collection and sharing. It also acknowledges that enforcing a single set of common standards comes with some tradeoffs.

Tags: DoD , Army intelligence , DCGS-A , Ray Odierno , Duncan Hunter , Palantir , technology

Friday - 05/17/2013, 04:11pm EDT
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DoD upends slow approval process for mobile devices

In the past, DoD's security review process took so long that devices were off the market by the time the Pentagon allowed them on government networks. This week, DoD approved a secure, commercial version of Android before its manufacturer even released it.

Tags: DoD , technology , DISA , STIG , Samsung , mobile , Android , Android Knox , John Hickey ,

Thursday - 05/16/2013, 02:04pm EDT
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2014 budget exposes longstanding Defense budget issues

On this week's On DoD, Defense budget expert Arnold Punaro discuss some of the long-term problems built into Pentagon spending.

Tags: On DoD , Arnold Punaro

Wednesday - 05/15/2013, 05:43pm EDT
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Hagel makes 'difficult choice,' civilian furloughs to begin July 8

The Defense Department reduces the number of furlough days from 14 to 11. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said it's possible the number could drop further, but he offered no promises.

Tags: DoD , sequestration , workforce , furlough , Chuck Hagel , congress

Wednesday - 05/15/2013, 05:38am EDT
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DoD's military construction budget appears safe from sequestration cuts

Funding reductions in 2013 appropriations act are sufficient to protect military construction accounts from further sequestration cuts, but funds used for upkeep on existing buildings are severely impacted.

Tags: DoD , congress , sequestration , Senate Appropriations Commitee , military construction , Robert Hale , John Conger , BRAC ,

Monday - 05/13/2013, 05:32am EDT
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DoD eases rules for health care approvals after contractor 'failure'

Citing unacceptable delays by its contractor, the Pentagon waives the requirement for preauthorization of specialty care for military members, families and retirees in TRICARE's western region.

Tags: DoD , health care , TRICARE , United Healthcare , Doug Lamborn , Jonathan Woodson , pay and benefits

Friday - 05/10/2013, 06:00am EDT
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