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VA testing cash prizes to improve its health record system

The Department of Veterans Affairs is trying out a new system of contests to make upgrades to its electronic medical record system. The agency plans to award up to three prizes worth $3 million to vendors who create open-source based components to VistA.

Tags: technology , Roger Baker , VistA , VMBS , health IT , acquisition , Jared Serbu

Friday - 02/01/2013, 05:32am EST
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VA moves mobile from concept to reality with veteran homelessness app

The Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban Development departments created a mobile app in two weeks to improve the process for counting homeless veterans. The successful development effort puts the notions detailed in the Digital Government Strategy into practice.

Tags: technology , HUD , David Peters , Lisa Schlosser , OMB , Rick Holgate , ATF , mobile computing , Federal Mobile Computing Summit , agile development , Jason Miller

Thursday - 01/24/2013, 07:07am EST
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In Depth interviews - Jan. 18

On the In Depth show blog, you can listen to the interviews, find more information about the guests on the show each day and links to additional resources.

Tags: In Depth , Francis Rose , Tim McManus , Horace Blackman , Partnership for Public Service

Friday - 01/18/2013, 09:20pm EST

Unions frustrated by slow-roll of some labor-management forums

At the National Council on Federal Labor-Management Relations meeting, several employee representatives said the time has come for the committee to put more pressure on agencies to have more of the collaborative forums up and running well. During a time of budget reductions, possible furloughs and a government shutdown, the unions say the forums provide a way for agencies to better manage all of these fiscal challenges.

Tags: management , workforce , John Berry , OPM , Danny Werfel , OMB , Scott Gould , David Kappos , Patent and Trademark Office , Bill Dougan , NFFE , Michael Filler , International Brotherhood of Teamsters , David Holway , National Association of Government Employees , Robert Budens , Patent Office Professional Association , National Council on Federal Labor-Management Relat , labor-management relations , Jason Miller

Thursday - 01/17/2013, 05:54am EST
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Second VA official resigns over conference spending

Alice Muellerweiss, the dean of VA's Learning University, resigned, joining John Sepulveda, the agency's former chief human capital officer. As many as 10 others are under review for their actions or parts in what the IG called a lack of oversight.

Tags: management , oversight , Congress , Darrell Issa , Alice Muellerweiss , VA conference scandal , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , John Sepulveda

Tuesday - 01/08/2013, 05:19pm EST

PTSD there's an app for that

A smartphone application released by the Defense and Veterans Affairs Departments in the spring leverages the power of mobile technology to help veterans better manage post-traumatic stress disorder.

Tags: mobile , DoD , PTSD , Sonja Batten , mobile applications , Jack Moore

Monday - 11/07/2011, 11:54am EST
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VA's mobile projects put iPads in hands of doctors - and patients

The Veterans Affairs Department's mobile projects have centered on improving internal business processes and changing how the agency interacts with the public. The department's "Clinic-in-Hand" program, which will launch early next year, will deploy iPads to family caregivers of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. And increasingly VA doctors and nurses are eschewing the clipboards and prescription pads in favor of mobile options.

Tags: Kathleen Frisbee , mobile , technology , Veterans Health Administration , Federal Drive , Gov 3.0: Its Mobile , Jack Moore

Thursday - 12/06/2012, 06:04pm EST
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Senate directs VA to work with state agencies to clear up claims backlog

The Senate unanimously approved a measure requiring the Veterans Affairs Department to work more closely with state agencies to reduce a longstanding and growing backlog of disability claims. The measure, sponsored by Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) was included as an amendment to the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act.

Tags: DoD , 2013 NDAA , John Cornyn , Congress , Senate , VA backlog , Jack Moore

Thursday - 11/29/2012, 03:51pm EST
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