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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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Cheri Cannon (pictured), Valerie Riviello

The Veterans Affairs Department is reeling from allegations, made by its own staff, that it has mistreated patients. More employees are coming forward to report what they see as systemic wrongdoing. The Office of Special Counsel is looking at 50 cases right now, and one of them is the case of Valerie Riviello. She is a nurse at the Samuel Stratton VA Medical Center in Albany, New York. Cheri Cannon of the law firm Tulley Rinckey is handling her case. They joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss why Riviello decided to blow the whistle.

Tags: Cheri Cannon , Tully Rinckey , Valerie Riviello , whistleblower , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp

Wednesday - 06/25/2014, 10:31am EDT
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VA reshuffling leadership team

Acting VA Secretary Sloan Gibson announced Friday the nomination of Carolyn Clancy as interim undersecretary for health in the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Tags: people , management , Carolyn Clancy , Sloan Gibson , Robert Jesse , Eric Shinseki , Stephanie Wasko

Wednesday - 06/25/2014, 03:58pm EDT

Future of the SES and the latest at VA

On this week's Your Turn radio show, host Mike Causey chats with Carol Bonosaro, president of the Senior Executives Association about the threats to the career SES and the dangers to the American public if career jobs are turned into serve-at-will positions. Mike also speaks with reporter Andy Medici from the Federal Times about the latest at the VA and how legislation could affect feds at that agency.

Tags: Your Turn , Mike Causey , Carol Bonosaro , Andy Medici , SEA ,

Wednesday - 06/04/2014, 04:32pm EDT

Vice Adm. Norb Ryan, Military Officer's Association of America

Last week, the Senate voted overwhelmingly to approve legislation designed to help solve long wait times at VA medical facilities. The longer-term fixes included more funding to hire health care providers and lease more VA operated facilities. For the shorter term, the McCain-Sanders bill also expands VA's authority to send its patients to outside providers -- including private clinics, but also facilities run by other agencies, including the Indian Health Service and the Defense Department. Retired Vice Adm. Norb Ryan is the president of the Military Officer's Association of America. He spoke with Jared Serbu on In Depth about the plusses -- and as MOAA sees it -- some of the minuses of the bill.

Tags: Norb Ryan , Congress , In Depth

Wednesday - 06/18/2014, 03:29pm EDT
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Too many vets spoil the soup?

One of America's new guessing games is trying to figure out what went wrong at the Department of Veterans Affairs and how to fix it. Some have suggested the problem is that the VA has too many vets?

Tags: Mike Causey , Federal Report , workforce

Wednesday - 06/11/2014, 02:36pm EDT

Audit: More than 57,000 await first VA appointment

Tags: oversight ,

Tuesday - 06/10/2014, 03:36am EDT

More problems with VA scheduling systems revealed

The electronic wait system for keeping track of and monitoring initial primary-care appointments for new patients at Veterans Affairs medical facilities is not the only scheduling system at VA that's now under scrutiny. A separate system for monitoring VA patients' access to outpatient specialty care -- such as cardiologists, gastroenterologists and physical therapists is also "unreliable," according to GAO's Debra Draper, who testified before the House Veterans Affairs Committee Monday evening.

Tags: House , Debra Draper , Richard Griffin , GAO , Jack Moore , veterans , VHA

Monday - 06/09/2014, 05:21pm EDT

Cover-ups 101

Scandal-rocked federal agencies could, probably should, take survival training from Detroit auto-makers, who know how to handle little and sometimes not so little problems, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: Mike Causey , Federal Report , workforce ,

Monday - 06/09/2014, 02:00am EDT
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