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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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Jim Silkenat, National President, American Bar Association

There are a lot of reasons the Department of Veterans Affairs has a huge backlog of disability claims. One is the vast number of new claims VA receives: about a million per year. A second is the sheer complexity of the process and the statutes and case law behind it. VA seems to be acknowledging the complexity of the system in a new partnership it's just formed with the American Bar Association. The new Veterans Claims Assistance Network will offer pro-bono legal services to veterans so that they can put together fully-developed claims. Jim Silkenat is the national president of the American Bar Association. He explained how the program will work on In Depth with guest host Jared Serbu.

Tags: Jim Silkenat , backlog , American Bar Association

Wednesday - 07/16/2014, 05:10pm EDT
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House panel debates merits of Senior Exec Service, comes down hard on VA

In examining the viability of the Senior Executive Service, House members called out the Veterans Affairs' compensation program, with a pledge to introduce another piece of legislation to take back bonuses. The Senior Executives Association relayed concerns that talent is fleeing senior executive positions.

Tags: Veterans Affairs , SES , SEA , Blake Farenthold , Stephen Lynch , Congress , House , pay and benefits , bonuses

Friday - 07/11/2014, 02:08pm EDT

Ford Heard, Veterans Affairs Department

The Department of Veterans Affairs is building a "special ops" team of acquisition experts. Ford Heard, the associate deputy assistant secretary for procurement policy, systems and oversight at the VA, joined Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller and Francis Rose on In Depth. They discussed the latest results of Federal News Radio's Chief Acquisition Officer Survey.

Tags: acquisition , In Depth , Ford Heard

Monday - 06/30/2014, 04:08pm EDT
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Online Chat: VA Deputy Senior Procurement Executive Ford Heard

Ford Heard, the Veterans Affairs Department's associate deputy assistant secretary for Procurement Policy, Systems and Oversight, joins Federal News Radio for an online chat on June 30.

Tags: Veterans Affairs , online chat , Jason Miller , acquisition , budget , contracting , construction , federal buildings , Ford Heard , CAO

Monday - 06/30/2014, 02:53am EDT

Agency blunders put spotlight on risk management

A series of management blunders and agency misbehavior in recent years ranging from the General Services Administration to the Veterans Affairs Department, haven't only put agency leaders in the hot seat and sometimes out of work. They've also highlighted the importance of better risk-management planning by agencies, current and former federal officials told Federal News Radio as part of a special discussion on risk management.

Tags: risk management , GSA , IRS , Todd Grams , Danny Werfel , Beryl Davis , GAO , Jack Moore

Thursday - 06/26/2014, 04:51pm EDT
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Pentagon sticking to its guns in commercial approach to health record system

After a failed attempt to build a shared system with VA, the Defense Department is in a hurry to replace its aging health IT system. DoD says the final product will be an off-the-shelf commercial solution with as few changes as possible.

Tags: DoD , technology , health IT , Christopher Miller , Craig Schaefer , John Windom , Jared Serbu

Thursday - 06/26/2014, 04:10am EDT
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