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5 steps for the government to regain trust

The way to better, more trustworthy government is through fixing broken systems and processes, and funding them adequately, says Federal News Radio's Tom Temin in a new commentary.

Tags: Tom Temin , Federal Drive , digital services , Federal Feedback Button , FOIA , Improper payments , technology , trust

Tuesday - 03/31/2015, 07:15am EDT

VA fails cybersecurity audit for 16th straight year

The Veterans Affairs Department will not receive the final results for its 2014 FISMA audit until next spring, but auditors already have informed IT officials that they've identified material weaknesses for the 16th year in a row. Department IT officials say progress on closing IG recommendations and securing their systems and data is real.

Tags: cybersecurity , FISMA , continuous readiness in information security program , Stephen Warren , technology , House Veterans Affairs Committee , Jared Serbu

Monday - 11/17/2014, 03:46am EST
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Inside the Reporter's Notebook: VA's two-step toward a new patient scheduling system

In this edition of "Inside the Reporter's Notebook," VA will release by Nov. 21 a request for proposals for a new commercial scheduling system and integration services for the scheduling software with its VISTA health IT system, Treasury will release a catalog of shared services early in 2015 and the Federal Procurement Data System-Next Generation will change the way it provides public feeds of procurement data on Nov. 21.

Tags: Inside the Reporters Notebook , Jason Miller , Acquisition , technology

Monday - 11/17/2014, 04:02am EST
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald's goal is straightforward: rebuild the trust in the VA. In his first 100 days as secretary, McDonald met with dozens of employees, lawmakers and other key stakeholders to both listen and understand how best to do that. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details on the steps McDonald has taken and plans to take.

Tags: Bob McDonald , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Management , workforce , whistleblower retaliation , Choice and Accountability Act

Friday - 11/07/2014, 06:56am EST
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Marina Martin, Chief Technology Officer, Veterans Affairs Department

Recently the White House established what it calls the Digital Service Group. It's job: To help federal agencies with troubled, public facing technology projects. Well, the Veterans Affairs Department has established its own Digital Service group. Marina Martin, chief technology officer at VA, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain how the new group will work.

Tags: Marina Martin , CTO , Digital Service Group , technology , Tom Temin , Federal Drive

Wednesday - 11/05/2014, 09:40am EST
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Understanding acquisition needs key to training workforce, experts say

Knowing and appreciating the industry side of the acquisitions process is key to training the acquisition workforce of the future, according to two acquisition experts.

Tags: Jory Heckman , acquisition workforce , Melissa Starinsky , DoD , Iraq and Afghanistan , Joint Rapid Acquisition Cel , Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform

Tuesday - 10/21/2014, 12:07pm EDT
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

By next summer, the Defense Department plans to make an award for a new off-the-shelf electronic health record system that meets modern health IT standards. But the system won't be a silver bullet for DoD's challenges in exchanging medical data with VA, or within the department itself. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu has details on the legwork DoD will be doing over the next couple years to make its existing data more interoperable.

Tags: In Depth , Jared Serbu , DoD , Health IT , electronic health record system , Federal Drive

Wednesday - 09/24/2014, 04:41pm EDT
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New, standardized VA forms aim to speed up disability claims process

The Department of Veterans Affairs is set to introduce new, standardized disability claims forms to help streamline the claims process. The goal is to make it easier for veterans and their survivors to clearly state their claims and also provide necessary documentation.

Tags: pay and benefits , disability claims , veterans , Robert McDonald , Jared Serbu , Allison Hickey

Wednesday - 09/24/2014, 03:30pm EDT
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