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Vice Adm. Norb Ryan, President, MOAA

The Senate Veterans Affairs Committee will consider the nomination of Robert McDonald as the next VA Secretary tomorrow. If the Senate confirms him, he'll inherit a Veterans Health Administration that hasn't had a major review of its healthcare system since the mid-1980s, according to the Military Officers Association of America. Vice Admiral Norb Ryan is president of MOAA. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said Congress and the White House should build a commission focused on reforming the VHA.

Tags: Robert McDonald , VA

Monday - 07/21/2014, 04:24pm EDT
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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 , Mike Michaud , VBMS , House 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 , Mike Michaud , House Veterans Affairs Committee , VBMS , claims backlog , ACT-IAC , Management of Change , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 05/28/2014, 04:49am EDT
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Shinseki 'mad as hell' over veteran deaths, delayed treatment, but won't resign

The VA secretary promised the Senate Thursday that he will impose accountability for extended hospital wait times that may have led to veteran deaths, but not until investigations have run their course.

Tags: Jared Serbu , VA , GAO , Eric Shinseki , oversight , Jeff Miller , Carl Blake , management , Richard Griffin , Debra Draper

Friday - 05/16/2014, 03:40am EDT
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Eric Shinseki, Secretary, Veterans Affairs Department

Cash, drugs and science experiments are all part of VA's fiscal 2015 budget request.

Tags: Eric Shinseki , Veterans Affairs , Senate , budget , In Depth

Monday - 03/17/2014, 04:58pm EDT
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VA cyber saga continues as audit shows continued holes in network security

Documents obtained by Federal News Radio show VA's financial audit found material weaknesses, including the failure to remove terminated employees from accessing the network, and the lack of a formal process for monitoring, preventing installation and removing unauthorized application software on agency systems. House Veterans Affairs lawmakers continue to press VA to make changes to their cybersecurity posture more quickly. VA officials say they have a multi-layered defense to include outside network monitoring by external partners, active scanning of Web applications and source code, and protection of servers, workstations, network and gateways, among other security efforts.

Tags: technology , cybersecurity , Veterans Affairs , Stephen Warren , House Veterans Affairs Committee , VA Cyber Efforts in the Hot Seat , veterans , information security , exclusive

Thursday - 12/19/2013, 05:24pm EST
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Senate to take up major overhaul of VA benefits

Sen. Bernie Sanders introduced the measure that includes dozens of provisions that expand benefits and hiring programs and grants advance appropriations to most of the Veterans Affairs' accounts. Senate Veterans Affairs chairman suggested paying for the changes by reducing DoD's wartime budget.

Tags: Congress , Senate , pay and benefits , Department of Veterans Affairs , veterans benefits , Bernie Sanders , GI Bill , Jared Serbu

Thursday - 01/23/2014, 04:30am EST
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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 , ID Analytics , identity theft , Eric Hannel , Stephen Warren , Jeff Miller , Jason Miller , exclusive

Wednesday - 08/07/2013, 08:32pm 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 , Mike Michaud , House Veterans Affairs Committee , Jason Miller , veterans , information security

Monday - 06/03/2013, 06:01am EDT
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Ex-VA hospital official faults mental health care

Veterans are waiting too long for mental health care and are unaware that hospitals sometimes manipulate records in an attempt to make it appear that standards are being met, a former Veterans Affairs hospital official told senators Wednesday.

Tags: veterans , Veterans Affairs , Senate , Congress ,

Wednesday - 04/25/2012, 07:49pm EDT
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