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VA using hospital data to improve service

When compared to private sector plans, VA's findings showed higher quality marks for VA health care. We learn about the data used to come to that conclusion from the VA's Dr. Robert Petzel.

Tags: Federal Drive , technology , Robert Petzel , health care , database , Suzanne Kubota

Wednesday - 02/02/2011, 09:41am EST
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VA automation speeds up GI Bill claims

The Department of Veterans Affairs said Monday that a new automated system has cut the backlog of education benefit claims under the new Post-9/11 GI bill and sped up the process of delivering payments to students. VA is using an agile technology development approach to make changes easier and faster.

Tags: technology , management , Veterans Benefits Administration , Roger Baker , Michael Walcoff , GI Bill , agile IT , Jared Serbu

Tuesday - 02/01/2011, 07:53am EST
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16 agencies sign on to help military families

Caring for the families of military personnel requires a coordinated approach across the federal government, President Obama said Monday. He said agencies have made 50 separate commitments to coordinate programs designed to assist the loved ones of servicemembers.

Tags: DoD , management , Barack Obama , Michelle Obama , Jill Biden , White House , HHS , Labor , SBA , Commerce , military benefits , Nicole Alcorn , Sue Hoppin , Todd Bowers , Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America , National Military Spouse Network , Jared Serbu , DoD Report , pentagon , Federal Drive

Tuesday - 01/25/2011, 06:58am EST
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Agency Tip 2: Provide career development

Part of "The Need for the Next Generation" special report, the VA Acquisition Academy's internship program develops future contracting professionals through rigorous classes, job rotations and leadership development.

Tags: VA Acquisition Academy , Lisa Doyle , management , career development , Jolie Lee , acquisition , contracting , The Need for the Next Generation , pay and benefits , interns , FCIP

Monday - 01/24/2011, 02:01am EST
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Treasury: End to paper checks

Dick Gregg, Fiscal Assistant Secretary at Treasury, joins the Federal Drive with details on the Treasury's move to paper-less benefits

Tags: Federal Drive , Treasury , technology , paper-less , Direct Deposit , Dick Gregg , Jamie Blanco , Social Security ,

Monday - 01/03/2011, 10:31am EST
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VA pushes hiring reforms through program managers

The agency is using service level agreements to help ensure hiring managers are involved in all parts of the process. VA cut the amount of time it takes to hire a new employee by 20 days. VA hopes to get the average time down below the governmentwide goal of 80 days in 2011.

Tags: management , pay and benefits , John Sepulveda , Eric Shinseki , CHCO Council , OPM , hiring reforms , HR academy , training , Jason Miller

Monday - 12/27/2010, 04:30am EST
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VA struggles to balance cloud apps, security

Assistant secretary Baker said he can't let doctors store veterans' data on unsecured systems in the cloud. But Baker said he wants to figure out how to solve this problem because the ability to access data anywhere, anytime is necessary. VA shutdown facilities usage of common commercial cloud applications.

Tags: technology , Roger Baker , Google , Yahoo! , cybersecurity , cloud computing , privacy , budget freeze , information sharing , Jason Miller

Thursday - 12/23/2010, 06:54am EST
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2010 and Beyond: Cloud computing to be 'game-changer'

Former deputy CIO of Interior and VA Ed Meagher said his top story of the year is cloud computing.

Tags: Ed Meagher , Interior , CSC , technology , cloud computing , CIO , 2010 and Beyond , Dorobek Insider

Wednesday - 12/22/2010, 03:31pm EST
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VA hopes to jumpstart claims processing

VA officials said they intend eliminate the backlog of disability claims by 2015 by looking to new technology. The agency wants to dramatically expand a pilot program that lets vets submit claims online.

Tags: technology , management , Veterans Benefits Administration , Peter Levin , Michael Walcoff , disability claims , Fast Track , Jared Serbu

Monday - 12/20/2010, 10:29am EST
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