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VA joins open data revolution with new website

With the launch of VA Open Data, members of the public and applications developers will be able to access non-sensitive, non-personal information from the Veterans Affairs Department.

Tags: Marina Martin , Veterans Affairs , open data , Open Data Initiatives , technology , information sharing , In Depth , Michael OConnell

Tuesday - 12/24/2013, 02:13pm EST
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Savings from reverse auctions not being maximized

As the use of reverse auctions continues to rise, the Government Accountability Office says agencies need more clear cut guidance to realize a maximum amount of savings.

Tags: GAO , OMB , OFPP , reverse auctions , acquisition , Contracting officers , contracts , FedBid , Army , DHS , DOI , FAR , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Commitee , Tom Carper , small businesses , Ellen Kortesoja

Wednesday - 12/11/2013, 04:23pm EST

VA puts reverse auctions on hiatus again to study value proposition

The Veterans Affairs Department's decision comes as lawmakers are putting this acquisition concept under more scrutiny. House Veterans Affairs and Small Business Committee lawmakers question whether agencies are getting the best prices and whether they are sacrificing competition. GAO, other experts say OFPP needs to develop a governmentwide policy for reverse auctions.

Tags: contracting , industry , GAO , Michele Mackin , OFPP , Richard Hanna , House Small Business Committee , House Veterans Affairs Committee , Jan Frye , Bill Sisk , GSA , SBA , Major Clark , reverse auctions , Congress , FedBid , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 12/11/2013, 06:45pm EST
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VA benefits set to slightly increase in 2014

When veterans and their families, who receive disability compensation and retirement benefits from the Veterans Affairs Department, receive their annual cost-of-living increase next month, for the first time ever, it won't be rounded down to the nearest dollar. Overall, the COLA for veterans benefits will increase 1.5 percent. Until this year, the COLA for veterans' benefits was rounded down to the nearest dollar. That will change with payments beginning in January.

Tags: Eric Shinseki , pay and benefits , benefits , disability benefits , COLA , Jack Moore

Wednesday - 12/04/2013, 11:41am EST

DoD gives industry homework around e-health records, intel IT services

DoD's Health Management Systems Modernization Program seeks input from vendors on the current capabilities of electronic health records in the commercial market. The Defense Intelligence Agency issued a draft request for proposals in late September for the multiple-award Enhanced Solutions for the Information Technology Enterprise (E-SITE) contract, which could be worth $6 billion.

Tags: contracting , acquisition , technology , DIA , DoD , electronic health records , industry , E-SITE , Health Management Systems Modernization Program , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 10/09/2013, 02:08pm EDT

House committee pushes VA on conference spending

A year after federal investigators disclosed $762,000 in wasteful spending at Department of Veterans Affairs' training conferences, the agency has put into place about half of the recommended changes designed to keep spending in line.

Tags: conference spending , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , Gina Farrissee

Wednesday - 10/30/2013, 06:50pm EDT

Veterans make up growing share of federal workers

The federal government says it hired the highest percentage of military veterans in more than two decades in fiscal year 2012, with veterans making up about 29 percent of the 195,000 new employees.

Tags: workforce , DoD , veterans , hiring

Wednesday - 10/30/2013, 07:20pm EDT

VA prepares for still more furloughs as money runs out

Most workers in the Veterans Benefits Administration will be sidelined in the next few weeks if a shutdown continues. Funding for employees at the National Cemetery Administration will run out in the next few days.

Tags: government shutdown , furlough , Congress , House Veterans Affairs Committee , Eric Shinseki , Jeff Miller , claims backlog , VBMS , Jared Serbu

Thursday - 10/10/2013, 06:15am EDT
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VA retains the decider role over veteran-owned status protests

In an interim final rule issued last week in the Federal Register, VA announced it would not cede the control of deciding on socio-economic status protests to the Small Business Administration. VA moved the decision authority to the director of the Center for Veterans Enterprise instead of the director of the Office of Small and Disadvantage Business Utilization (OSDBU).

Tags: acquisition , contracting , industry , Service-disabled veteran owned small business program , Federal Register , Jason Miller , SBA

Monday - 10/07/2013, 05:47pm EDT
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