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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 , Mike Michaud , 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 , Mike Michaud , 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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Senate proposal lops off FERS pensions for new hires

A new bill introduced by a trio of Republican senators would end the defined benefit portion of FERS coverage for new federal employees hired within six months of the bill's passage. Sponsors of the bill say the Public-Private Employee Retirement Parity Act would align federal retirement benefits more closely with those earned in the private sector.

Tags: Congress , Senate , pay and benefits , retirement , FERS , Tom Coburn , Saxby Chambliss , Jack Moore

Friday - 11/15/2013, 01:45pm 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 , John Sepulveda

Tuesday - 10/09/2012, 06:35pm EDT
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Bill will propose combining Energy, EPA into one agency

Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) is introducing legislation this week to consolidate the Energy Department and the Environmental Protection Agency into a single agency.

Tags: Marsha Blackburn , Congress , EPA , Energy , consolidation , GAO , OMB

Monday - 03/26/2012, 12:57pm EDT

Lawmakers want audit of wait times for veterans

Lawmakers want an inspector general investigation to see how long veterans must wait for mental health treatment.

Tags: Patty Murray , Senate Veterans Affairs Committee , Congress , Senate , veterans , Department of Veterans Affairs , DoD

Tuesday - 12/06/2011, 02:10pm EST

Bill would cut federal pensions

The Public-Private Employee Retirement Act of 2011, introduced in the Senate, would end the defined benefit portion of feds' retirement starting with new hires in 2013.

Tags: pay and benefits , retirement , annuity , FERS , defined benefit , Jolie Lee , Tom Coburn

Monday - 03/21/2011, 12:32pm EDT

Commerce, Labor could merge to form new agency

Sen. Richard Burr (R.-N.C.) introduced legislation forming the Commerce and Workforce Department using recommendations of GAO and the deficit commission. Thirty-five offices would be consolidated into 12 and funding of seven programs or initiatives would be reduced or eliminated.

Tags: management , OMB , Commerce , Labor , reorganization , Deficit Commission , Jason Miller

Friday - 05/27/2011, 12:27pm EDT
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