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Veterans make up growing share of federal workforce so why is their morale faltering?

Nearly three in every 10 new employees hired by the federal government have worked for Uncle Sam before -- in uniform. But even as the federal government has found success onboarding veteran employees, new questions have been raised about the workplace environments veterans are encountering.

Tags: workforce , management , veteran , veteran hiring , OPM , Employee Viewpoint Survey , Brandon Friedman , Alex Horton , Barrett Bogue , Eric Young , Bureau of Prisons , morale , Jeff Neal , Patrick Boulay

Monday - 03/10/2014, 02:00am EDT

Agencies' hiring of veterans hits all-time high in 2014

Veterans accounted for one of every three federal civilian new hires last year, according to the President's Council on Veterans Employment.

Tags: workforce , hiring , OPM , Presidents Veterans Employment Initiative , Labor , Katherine Archuleta , Bob McDonald , Tom Perez , Lauren Larson

Monday - 03/23/2015, 04:25pm EDT

VA calls for its own BRAC process to close outdated facilities

The Veterans Affairs Department says it is spending $24 million per year to maintain facility space it can't use. Some of the restrictions on closing them are political, some are local, so VA thinks it needs a BRAC of its own.

Tags: Congress , BRAC , DoD , Robert McDonald , Helen Tierney , Jared Serbu

Friday - 03/06/2015, 04:32am EST
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VA seeks budget help to beat back backlog of disability claims appeals

The Veterans Affairs Department is requesting $20 million in fiscal 2016 to move its appeals processes from a mix of paper and electronic processes to only electronic. The additional funding is part of VA's $4.13 billion IT request to Congress.

Tags: technology , cybersecurity , Steph Warren , budget , Health IT , Disability backlog , Appeals backlog , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 02/25/2015, 03:58am EST

Air Force cancels suspension of FedBid

FedBid and the Air Force came to an agreement to end the reverse auction company's stay from bidding on new contracts. FedBid must implement and maintain a code of business and ethics conduct program and have a third party report on its efforts for a year. Additionally, Ali Saadat, the founder and former CEO of FedBid, resigned on Feb. 5.

Tags: industry , acquisition , contracting , FedBid , Air Force , Joe Jordan , Ali Saadat , Suspension and debarment ,

Monday - 02/23/2015, 10:26am EST

DoD must pay for quality, not quantity, to tackle rising health costs

An independent report cites a "fee-for-service" model as a main driver in DoD's rising medical costs, and urges the department to value outcomes over volume in upcoming TRICARE procurement.

Tags: budget , DoD , technology , Health IT , Center for a New American Security , Peter Levin , Jared Serbu

Thursday - 02/19/2015, 04:17am EST
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Congress must force DoD, VA to work together as part of military compensation overhaul

In their first round of congressional testimony, members of the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission cited glaring gaps between the policies and services provided by DoD and VA. Their report found that existing systems to bridge the gap are mostly a paperwork exercise.

Tags: management , DoD , Veterans Affairs , Congress , Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission , Stephen Buyer , Peter Chiarelli , Bob Kerrey , Senate Armed Services Committee , SASC , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 02/04/2015, 04:14am EST
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Air Force suspends, begins debarment process of FedBid

The Air Force's decision comes after the Veterans Affairs IG found alleged procurement fraud, intimidation and threats against a federal official. FedBid says it's cooperating with the Air Force and believes it took the necessary steps to fix the problems.

Tags: contracting , acquisition , FedBid , Air Force , Joe Jordan , Suspension and debarment , reverse auctions , oversight , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 01/28/2015, 06:32pm EST

Agencies delivering IT capabilities 20 days faster by using agile, OMB says

The Office of Management and Budget says PortfolioStat data is proving the positive impact agile development is having on IT projects. The U.S. Digital Service is providing both help and training to expand the understanding and use of agile development.

Tags: technology , OMB , Lisa Schlosser , Mikey Dickerson , Haley Van Dyck , Agile development , U.S. Digital Service , PortfolioStat , Smarter IT Delivery Agenda , acquisition , Marina Martin , Jason Miller , exclusive

Friday - 11/21/2014, 04:23am EST
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