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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Veterans Affairs Department says its claims backlog is far below its peak of three years ago. VA credits its progress to several changes under the Veterans Benefits Management System or VBMS. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive and described how VA is reducing the claims backlog. Read Jason's related article.

Tags: Veterans Affairs Department , Allison Hickey , Richard Burr , VBMS , House Veterans Affairs Committee , Senate Veterans Affairs Committee , Federal Drive , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 05/28/2014, 06:21am EDT
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VA hacks away at claims backlog, increases accuracy

Allison Hickey, VA's undersecretary for benefits, said VBMS has transformed the agency from a paper system to one that mostly relies on electronic data. Some lawmakers express concern about the way the agency is measuring how it reduces the number of veterans waiting for benefits.

Tags: technology , management , Veterans Affairs Department , Allison Hickey , Richard Burr , House Veterans Affairs Committee , Senate Veterans Affairs Committee , VBMS , claims backlog , ACT-IAC , Management of Change , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 05/28/2014, 04:49am 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: Jeff Miller , 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 , Jeff Miller , 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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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 , House Veterans Affairs Committee , Jeff Miller , Eric Shinseki , Veterans Affairs , VA , Jason Miller

Friday - 06/14/2013, 12:33pm 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 , House Veterans Affairs Committee , Senate Veterans Affairs Committee , Jason Miller , veterans , information security

Monday - 06/03/2013, 06:01am 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 , Jared Serbu

Thursday - 05/23/2013, 06:42am EDT
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