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Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook: DoD still slow to share medical records; New hiring initiative at VA; DISA's $12B IT contract

In this week's edition of Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook, Jared Serbu examines news and buzz in the Defense community that you might have missed including: DoD-VA medical record sharing still too slow; VA kicks off new drive to hire docs; DISA plans follow-on to Encore II contract

Tags: Inside the DoD Reporter , DoD , DISA , Veterans Affairs , inspector general , contracting , technology , Robert McDonald , Jennifer Carter , oversight , Jared Serbu

Friday - 08/29/2014, 06:47pm EDT

VA to start accepting bids for new patient scheduling system

VA, which has been eyeing a replacement for its scheduling system long before the current scandal, plans to issue a final request for proposals by the end of next month and make an award by the end of the year.

Tags: Veterans Affairs Department , technology , VistA , Stephen Warren , Robert McDonald , Jared Serbu , health IT

Monday - 08/25/2014, 05:18pm EDT

Inside the Reporter's Notebook: Swinging exit doors at VA, DHS, GSA; Procurement fun at HHS

Executive Editor Jason Miller looks at the news and information you may have missed or that slipped through the cracks at conferences, hearings and the like.

Tags: Jason Miller , Inside the Reporters Notebook , DHS , GSA , HHS , DoT , cybersecurity , acquisition , technology , contracting , Buyers Club , T4 , Stan Lowe , Maria Roat , Charles De Sanno , Jenny Menna , Matt Goodrich , Bobbie Stempfley

Friday - 08/08/2014, 05:52pm EDT

Dan Dellinger, National Commander, American Legion

President Obama has signed a big Veterans Affairs Department reform bill into law. No group will be watching what happens next more than the nation's military veterans. Dan Dellinger is national commander of the American Legion. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss what they're looking for when it comes to the new law.

Tags: VA overhaul bill , Congress , veterans , Dan Dellinger , American Legion

Friday - 08/08/2014, 08:33am EDT
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Martin Matishak, Staff Writer, The Hill Newspaper

Congress is a step closer to transforming the Veterans Affairs Department. House and Senate negotiators have agreed to a $17 billion deal. Among many things, the bill will provide funding for veterans to seek care at non VA facilities. Martin Matishak, staff writer for the Hill Newspaper, joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to break down the numbers.

Tags: Congress , Martin Matishak , The Hill ,

Monday - 07/28/2014, 12:39pm EDT
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Federal News Countdown: VA reform bill wanted, faulty SSA project

Rob Burton, partner at Venable law firm, and Anil Karmel, founder and CEO of C2 labs, counted down the top federal stories of the week with Francis Rose.

Tags: Federal News Countdown , In Depth , Rob Burton , Anil Karmen , SSA

Friday - 07/25/2014, 04:15pm EDT

Agencies offered new approach to measure employee engagement

Ahead of results of the annual Federal Employee Viewpoint survey, a National Council on Federal Labor Management Relations working group proposed its initial ways to improve employee engagement through the use of different types of metrics. The Office of Personnel Management is expected to release the annual EVS results in August.

Tags: workforce , employee engagement , OMB , OPM , Beth Cobert , Kelley Carameli , Employee Viewpoint Survey , National Council on Federal Labor-Management Relations , Jason Miller

Thursday - 07/24/2014, 04:01am EDT
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David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

The goal to get a spending bill done for your agency looks less and less likely by the time the fiscal year ends September 30th. And the other work Congress thought it could get done -- reform at the Department of Veterans Affairs -- seems to be hitting a wall too. David Hawkings is Senior Editor at Roll Call, and he shared the progress for both of these major pieces of work on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Tags: David Hawkings , Roll Call , Congrs

Monday - 07/21/2014, 04:27pm EDT
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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: Senate Veterans Affairs Committee , Robert McDonald ,

Monday - 07/21/2014, 04:24pm EDT
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