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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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House to vote on bill making it easier to fire VA senior execs

The House will soon vote on a measure making it easier for the Veterans Affairs secretary to fire or demote senior career executives at the department, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said at a Capitol Hill briefing Thursday. The VA Management Accountability Act allows the VA secretary to remove or demote members of the Senior Executive Service (SES) based on their performance.

Tags: House , Congress , SES , SEA , Carol Bonosaro , Jeff Miller , John Boehner , Marco Rubio , VA Management Accountability Act

Thursday - 04/03/2014, 05:19pm EDT

House lawmakers lose patience with VA, introduce prescriptive cyber bill

Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) introduced the Veterans Information Security Improvement Act that would explicitly require VA to take steps to repair operational and procedure holes in its network and computer security processes.

Tags: technology , cybersecurity , House Veterans Affairs Committee , Jackie Walorski , Greg Wilshusen , GAO , VA cyber on the hot seat , Congress , Jason Miller

Thursday - 04/03/2014, 03:23pm EDT
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Werfel, Blackman land in the private sector

Horace Blackman, a long-time Veterans Affairs IT executive, also leaves for the private sector, joining Lockheed Martin.

Tags: people , Danny Werfel , IRS , OMB , Boston Consulting Group , Horace Blackman , Lockheed Martin , Jason Miller

Monday - 03/24/2014, 03:24pm EDT

David Sella, Program Manager, VA Warrior to Workforce Program

The Veterans Affairs Acquisition Academy is preparing for a special commencement ceremony this fall. About two dozen veterans will graduate from its Warriors to Workforce Program. Program Manager David Sella spoke with Federal Drive host Tom Temin about how the program works and how the agency plans to expand it. Tom caught up with Sella at the 2014 Acquisition Excellence Conference. View photos and listen to more interviews from the conference.

Tags: David Sella , Federal Drive , Acquisition Excellence Conference , Warriors to Workforce , VA Acquisition Academy

Monday - 03/24/2014, 01:40pm EDT
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Veterans' unemployment edges down but remains high

The unemployment rate for veterans who served since 2001 dipped slightly in 2013 to 9 percent, the Labor Department reported Thursday.

Tags: unemployment , veterans unemployment , September 11 , Teresa Gerton , Labor Department , Thomas Perez , Economic Policy Institute

Friday - 03/21/2014, 02:30pm EDT

Veterans make up growing share of federal workforce so why is their morale faltering?

Nearly three in every 10 new employees hired by the federal government have worked for Uncle Sam before -- in uniform. But even as the federal government has found success onboarding veteran employees, new questions have been raised about the workplace environments veterans are encountering.

Tags: workforce , management , veteran , veteran hiring , OPM , Employee Viewpoint Survey , Brandon Friedman , Alex Horton , Barrett Bogue , Eric Young , Bureau of Prisons , morale , Jeff Neal , Patrick Boulay

Monday - 03/10/2014, 02:00am EDT
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