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Injured troops still waiting for claim processing

A system designed to get wounded troops out of the military and on disability compensation more quickly has failed recently to meet its efficiency goals, delaying service members' release sometimes more than a year, documents show.

Tags: Federal Drive , DoD Report , GAO , technology , integrated disability evaluation system

Wednesday - 05/18/2011, 09:40am EDT

VA to get ruthless on redundant software

Agency CIO Roger Baker said a new initiative will try to pare down the number of software packages employees use by 95 percent. The Ruthless Shutdown Project, is getting underway to address the proliferation of applications that is costing VA hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Tags: technology , Roger Baker , data center consolidation , cloud computing , mobile computing , Management of Change , Jason Miller , MOC

Tuesday - 05/17/2011, 03:09pm EDT
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Records sharing between DOD and the VA

Debbie Filippi with the Interagency Program Office joins host John Gilroy to talk about pilot programs that allow DoD and the VA to share medical information.
May 3, 2011

Tags: pay and benefits , DoD , VistA , AHLTA , Debbi Filippi , Interagency Program Office , Virtual lifetime electronic record , records sharing , John Gilroy , ARMATURE , Federal Tech Talk , e-health

Tuesday - 05/03/2011, 07:22pm EDT
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GSA to boost cloud computing with new RFP

Federal CIO Vivek Kundra expects GSA to issue a solicitation by May 10 for a $2.5 billion contract for email-as-a-service. It's part of how the administration wants agencies to move to cloud computing. Kundra said five of seven short-term IT reforms efforts are on track.

Tags: technology , management , Vivek Kundra , Roger Baker , Kathleen Merrigan , Daniel Poneman , OMB , GSA , Energy , USDA , cloud computing , Email-as-a-service , role of the CIO , IT reforms , data center consolidation , Jason Miller

Thursday - 04/28/2011, 08:01am EDT
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Agencies given 6 months to revamp online services

President Obama issues an Executive Order requiring agencies to focus on technological and process improvements for citizen-facing services. OMB's Zients said the government relies too much on the old way to help citizens - phone, in person and on paper.

Tags: management , technology , Jeff Zients , OMB , customer service , executive order , IRS , Jason Miller

Thursday - 04/28/2011, 07:49am EDT

VA's e-contract database underused

The Inspector General's office at VA found 83 per cent of contracts weren't being entered, and that made oversight and accountability nearly impossible.

Tags: Phil Roe , Electronic Contract Management System , technology , IG , House Veterans Affairs Oversight and Investigation , In Depth

Friday - 04/22/2011, 03:33pm EDT
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Platts calls for more controls over improper payments

The chairman of the subcommittee on federal financial management said legislation may be needed to ensure agency accounting procedures are focusing on stopping improper payments. He said progress across the government is good, but more tools are necessary. OMB is testing the Do Not Pay List and plans to launch the full portal in 2012.

Tags: management , Todd Platts , Danny Werfel , OMB , Oversight and Government Reform Committee , SSA , CMS , DoD , DHS , improper payments , Do Not Pay List , Recovery audits , internal controls , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 04/20/2011, 08:25am EDT
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VA IG responds to criticisms in Martinez case

The agency IG wrote a letter to the attorneys for Adair Martinez saying they overstated or misstated the facts about their investigation. George Opfer said his investigators followed protocol during discovery of the allegations of fraud and misconduct by Martinez in their August 2009 report. The MSPB ruled earlier this month that Martinez didn't receive due process and was wrongfully terminated.

Tags: management , George Opfer , MSPB , Gary Gilbert , Kevin Owen , Adair Martinez , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 04/20/2011, 08:20am EDT
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Shutdown Survival Kit

Given the nonperformance of Congress, federal workers better learn to live with furlough threats. So whether we dodge the bullet or not this time, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey has a checklist you should clip and save...for the next time.

Tags: pay and benefits , Mike Causey , furlough , LTC , TSP , Social Security Administration

Monday - 04/11/2011, 04:00am EDT

MSPB rules VA violated former employee's constitutional rights

A Merit Systems Protection Board judge ruled that Adair Martinez was wrongfully fired by the Veterans Affairs Department, and the agency violated her 5th amendment rights.

Tags: management , Roger Baker , Lynne Yovino , MSPB , Adair Martinez , Jason Miller

Tuesday - 04/05/2011, 07:52pm EDT
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