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On its surface, the Department of Veterans Affairs Management Accountability Act of 2014 is simple, but its simplicity belies the risks it presents for VA employees, former DHS CHCO Jeff Neal says.
New developments at the Department of Veterans Affairs, a VA Inspector General interim report confirms allegations of secret waiting lists and other problems. House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller (R-Fla.) and Senate Armed Services Committee ranking member John McCain (R-Ariz.) both call for Secretary Eric Shinseki's resignation for the first time today. But the VA has some success stories to tell. The agency says its claims backlog is at its lowest point in the last three years. VA credits its progress to several changes under its Veterans Benefits Management System or VBMS. Federal News Radio executive editor Jason Miller joins us with details on how VA is reducing the claims backlog.
The Department of Defense says it will make a decision soon on an electronic health record system. The Department of Veterans Affairs wants that system to be its VISTA system, but the VA is suffering through its own IT and health care provision problems. Aneesh Chopra. co-founder and executive vice president, Hunch Analytics and author of "Innovative State: How New Technologies can Transform Government," was the first Federal Chief Technology Officer. He joined Francis Rose in studio for the Executive Suite.
Feds whose jobs put them in direct contact with the public must be treading lightly these days, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. That includes people at the IRS, the Social Security Administration, TSA and, right now, the Veterans Affairs Department.
President Barack Obama says the U.S. must work harder to make sure veterans get the opportunities and benefits they have earned.
The Veterans Affairs department's inspector general says it will take until August before it finishes investigating allegations of manipulated waiting lists in the Phoenix VA medical system and elsewhere around the country. But even if the investigation doesn't uncover intentional falsification, there is one thing we do know, based on the work of the Government Accountability Office: VA's data on medical appointment wait times is, at the very least, unreliable. And has been for years. Debra Draper, director of Health Care Issues at GAO, testified before the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs last week and joins In Depth with Francis Rose (guest hosted by Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu) to discuss VA's issues with appointment scheduling.
One day after Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki testified before the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee about allegations of mismanagement at some VA health facilities, Dr. Robert Petzel stepped down as VA's undersecretary for health. Earlier in the month, the White House tapped Dr. Jeffrey Murawsky to be Petzel's replacement.