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Second VA official resigns over conference spending

Alice Muellerweiss, the dean of VA's Learning University, resigned, joining John Sepulveda, the agency's former chief human capital officer. As many as 10 others are under review for their actions or parts in what the IG called a lack of oversight.

Tags: management , oversight , Congress , Darrell Issa , Alice Muellerweiss , VA , VA conference scandal , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee ,

Tuesday - 01/08/2013, 05:19pm EST

Republican lawmakers call for ouster of VA official who approved conferences

Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.), the chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, and Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.), the ranking member of the Senate committee, called on VA Secretary Eric Shinseki to fire his chief of staff, John Gingrich after an inspector general report said he failed to ask the right questions before approving two training conferences. The conferences costs $6.1 million, with as much as $762,000 in questionable spending.

Tags: Congress , House , Senate , John Gingrich , Eric Shinseki , VA , oversight , Jeff Miller , Richard Burr ,

Tuesday - 10/09/2012, 06:35pm EDT
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Failed leadership blamed for VA conference spending scandal

Two Veterans Affairs Department training conferences held last summer in Orlando, Fla., contained as much as $762,000 in wasteful spending and were plagued by poor planning and oversight, according to an inspector general report released Monday.

Tags: VA , IG report , Eric Shinseki , oversight

Monday - 10/01/2012, 05:25pm EDT
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VA CHCO resigns one day before IG releases conference spending report

John Sepulveda, the chief human capital officer at the Veterans Affairs Department, resigned Sunday. The agency's inspector general is expected to release a final report today on two human resources conferences last year that cost the department $5 million.

Tags: VA , CHCO , people , conference , oversight , IG

Monday - 10/01/2012, 12:42pm EDT

In Depth interviews - June 21

On the In Depth show blog, you can listen to the interviews, find more information about the guests on the show each day and links to additional resources.

Tags: Michael Hicks , Hart Rossman , Mike Sullivan , Jeff Steinhoff , Northrop Grumman , Cybersecurity Update , Veteran Affairs , SAIC , Government Accountability Office , F-35 Joint Strike Fighter , KPMG Government Institute , In Depth , Francis Rose

Friday - 06/22/2012, 01:58am EDT

Online tool lets VA employees conceive career paths

John Sepulveda, the Veterans Affairs Department assistant secretary for human resources and administration, said the portal lets employees assess their skill gaps and create a plan to move up the career ladder. HUD and DLA also have initiatives to create high performing employees and organizations.

Tags: workforce , VA , Defense Logistics Agency , Brad Bunn , HUD , Karen Newton Cole , retention , training , high performance organization , FedSMC Conference , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 04/18/2012, 05:12am EDT
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VA comes under fire for telework policy

AFGE has accused the Department of Veterans Affairs of failing to expand telework opportunities despite a new law designed to encourage the practice. Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) has demanded an explanation. Assistant Secretary for Human Resources and Administration John Sepulveda said managers aren't convinced that telework is good for the agency.

Tags: VA , Gerry Connolly , Frank Wolf , telework , Telework Enhancement Act , workforce , management , CRS , Emily Kopp

Thursday - 02/09/2012, 05:30am EST
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Lawmakers continue battle over federal retirement benefits

In the latest attempt to cut federal retirement benefits, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has reported out legislation that would make feds contribute more of their salaries to their pensions and end the FERS annuity supplement for people who retire before age 62.

Tags: Emily Kopp , Veterans Affairs , Darrell Issa , Gerry Connolly , Dennis Ross , pay and benefits , NTEU , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , workforce , CSRS , FERS , House

Wednesday - 02/08/2012, 05:41am EST

VA, Education reap benefits of hiring reforms

Improvements to training and employee retention are increasing department workforces and saving money, agency chief human capital officers for the Education and Veterans Affairs departments said at an event Tuesday.

Tags: Robert Buggs , education , Veterans Affairs , retention , hiring , management , training , hiring reform , Sean McCalley

Tuesday - 02/07/2012, 05:44pm EST
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Website, job fair help veterans secure employment

Veterans can use the VA for Vets to gain career advice and get help on how to find a job. The website is also sponsoring a Jan. 18 veterans-only job fair at the Washington Convention Center.

Tags: VA for Vets , Veteran Affairs , DoD , job advice , job fair , Federal Drive , Michael OConnell

Tuesday - 01/17/2012, 10:27am EST
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