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Obama: US must do more to care for veterans

President Barack Obama says the U.S. must work harder to make sure veterans get the opportunities and benefits they have earned.

Tags: Barack Obama , veterans

Sunday - 05/25/2014, 10:16am EDT

Debra Draper, Government Accountability Office

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.

Tags: Debra Draper , GAO , In Depth

Monday - 05/19/2014, 05:16pm EDT
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VA undersecretary Petzel resigns in wake of health scandal

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.

Tags: Robert Petzel , Eric Shinseki , Veterans Affairs , Congress , Jeffrey Murawsky , people , Michael OConnell

Friday - 05/16/2014, 02:57pm EDT

Shinseki 'mad as hell' over veteran deaths, delayed treatment, but won't resign

The VA secretary promised the Senate Thursday that he will impose accountability for extended hospital wait times that may have led to veteran deaths, but not until investigations have run their course.

Tags: Jared Serbu , GAO , Eric Shinseki , oversight , Jeff Miller , Carl Blake , management , Richard Griffin , Senate Veterans Affairs Committee , Debra Draper

Friday - 05/16/2014, 03:40am EDT
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Bob Wallace, Executive Director, Veterans of Foreign Wars

The American Legion says reports of veteran deaths resulting from VA hospital treatment delays mean it's time for Secretary Eric Shinkseki to step aside. But at the moment, they're the only major veterans' group to go that far. Most of the other large service organizations are waiting for the full results of an inspector general review of the alleged "secret waiting list" at the Phoenix VA hospital. Bob Wallace, executive director of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, told In Depth with Francis Rose it's premature to call for leadership changes.

Tags: Bob Wallace , VFW , Eric Shinseki , In Depth

Tuesday - 05/06/2014, 01:24pm EDT
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Daniel Dellinger, National Commander, American Legion

Tha nation's largest veterans' service organization created a stir yesterday when it called for the resignations of the VA's top three officials: Secretary Eric Shinseki, Undersecretary for Benefits Alison Hickey and Undersecretary for Health Robert Petzel. Daniel Dellinger, the national commander of the American Legion, told In Depth with Francis Rose he and most other veterans groups have long supported the current leadership team. But recent media reports about preventable deaths in the VA health care system were too much to take.

Tags: Daniel Dellinger , American Legion , Eric Shinseki , In Depth

Tuesday - 05/06/2014, 12:58pm EDT
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American Legion calls for VA Secretary, two others to resign

The organization says a series of whistleblowers and investigative reports show a "pattern of bureaucratic incompetence and failed leadership" among VA senior leaders. This is the first time in more than 30 years the American Legion has called for the removal of a public official.

Tags: management , American Legion , Daniel Delinger , Eric Shinseki , Robert Petzel , Allison Hickey , oversight , House Veterans Affairs Committee , Congress , Jackie Walorski , Jason Miller

Monday - 05/05/2014, 04:51pm EDT

Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

House Veterans Affairs Committee members are fed up with repeated cybersecurity problems. They want the VA to improve its cybersecurity once and for all. A new bill tells the department exactly how to do it. The legislation is among the most prescriptive cyber bills that any agency has seen in almost a decade. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller shares reactions to the bill with Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp. Read Federal News Radio's related article.

Tags: Jason Miller , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp , cyber

Friday - 04/04/2014, 10:27am EDT
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