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House passes bill banning SES bonuses at the VA

The House passed the GI Tuition Fairness Act of 2013 on Wednesday that includes an amendment to stop all bonuses for senior executives at the VA for five years. The chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee says it will instill some much-needed accountability to the department.

Tags: House , Eric Shinseki , Veterans Affairs , bonuses , SEA , SES , House Veterans Affairs Committee , GI Tuition Fairness Act , Sean McCalley

Thursday - 05/01/2014, 11:47am EDT

House to vote on bill making it easier to fire VA senior execs

The House will soon vote on a measure making it easier for the Veterans Affairs secretary to fire or demote senior career executives at the department, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said at a Capitol Hill briefing Thursday. The VA Management Accountability Act allows the VA secretary to remove or demote members of the Senior Executive Service (SES) based on their performance.

Tags: House , Congress , VA , SES , SEA , Carol Bonosaro , John Boehner , Marco Rubio , VA Management Accountability Act

Thursday - 04/03/2014, 05:19pm EDT

House committee chairman wants VA middle managers held accountable

Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.) is the author of new legislation that would make it easier for the Veterans Affairs Department to fire its senior executives. Miller, chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, says the agency is too shy about cutting loose middle managers who are performing poorly.

Tags: VA , SES , management , workforce , House Veterans Affairs Committee , Carol Bonosaro , SEA , In Depth , Francis Rose , Jack Moore

Monday - 02/17/2014, 03:44pm EST
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House bill would make it easier to fire senior execs at VA

The VA Management Accountability Act would give VA Secretary Eric Shinseki broad authority to remove Senior Executives Service (SES) members "if the secretary determines the performance of the individual warrants such removal," according to the bill. In addition to outright removal, the bill would allow the VA secretary to bump SES members down to the General Schedule at any grade level the secretary deems appropriate according to the bill.

Tags: VA , SES , management , House Veterans Affairs Committee , Eric Shinseki , Carol Bonosaro , workforce , SEA , Jack Moore

Wednesday - 02/12/2014, 01:22pm EST

House Veterans Committee adds latest VA cyber breach to ongoing investigations

Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.) wants answers from the Veterans Affairs Department after its latest privacy and cyber breach of the data of more than 5,000 veterans through its eBenefits portal. VA says it has fixed the software defect and its Data Breach Core Team is investigating what happened.

Tags: technology , Congress , Veterans Affairs Department , House Veterans Affairs Committee , Eric Shinseki , cybersecurity , data breach , eBenefits portal , VA Cyber Efforts in the Hot Seat , Jason Miller

Monday - 01/27/2014, 03:57am EST

VA prepares for still more furloughs as money runs out

Most workers in the Veterans Benefits Administration will be sidelined in the next few weeks if a shutdown continues. Funding for employees at the National Cemetery Administration will run out in the next few days.

Tags: government shutdown , furlough , Congress , VA , House Veterans Affairs Committee , Eric Shinseki , claims backlog , VBMS , Jared Serbu

Thursday - 10/10/2013, 06:15am EDT
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Serious doubts remain about VA's ability to secure veterans' data

A recent briefing between the House Veterans Affairs Committee, VA IT executives and DHS ended with the lead majority staff member walking out before the meeting ended. The rising tensions between the House Veterans Affairs committee's majority and VA come as a report surfaced showing veterans are at a higher risk of identity theft than the average citizen.

Tags: technology , cybersecurity , VA , House Veterans Affairs Committee , Senate Veterans Affairs Committee , ID Analytics , identity theft , Eric Hannel , Stephen Warren , Jason Miller , exclusive

Wednesday - 08/07/2013, 08:32pm EDT
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House proposal gives VA's budget process a facelift

House Veterans Affairs Committee Ranking Member Rep. Mike Michaud (D-Maine) introduced a bill to establish quadrennial reviews and a five-year plan for VA's budget. The bill also would designate a chief strategy officer to oversee budgetary planning.

Tags: Mike Michaud , House Veterans Affairs Committee , VA , budget , management , Cogan Schneier

Wednesday - 07/17/2013, 08:15pm EDT

DoD, VA reassure Congress of continued growth of health data sharing

House Armed Services and Veterans Affairs committees inserted a provision in the fiscal 2014 Defense Authorization Bill requiring DoD and VA to have an interoperable health record system by 2017. Agency officials say they already are and will continue to share health care data, but having one integrated, interoperable health care management system is no longer necessary.

Tags: technology , management , VA , DoD , Frank Kendall , Jonathan Woodson , Mike Michaud , House Armed Services Committee , House Veterans Affairs Committee , health IT , joint electronic health record , Jason Miller

Thursday - 07/11/2013, 05:29am EDT
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