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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Veterans Affairs Department already faces more than 1 billion attempted cyber attacks a month. But as the complexity and volume of cyber threats increases across the government, VA's IT officials are starting to prepare for a worst case scenario. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details on how VA hopes to keep its mission services going in the face of 2 billion or 3 billion attacks a month.

Tags: Jason Miller , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Cybersecurity

Wednesday - 05/27/2015, 09:02am EDT
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Democrat: Shrink VA health system for veterans' sake

Maryland Congressman John Delaney says the Veterans Affairs Department should focus on veterans' unique health needs and leave routine medical care to others.

Tags: John Delaney , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Memorial Day ,

Friday - 05/22/2015, 12:08pm EDT

VA turns up its 'intensity' to solve long-standing cyber challenges

Stephen Warren, the Veterans Affairs Department's chief information officer, said he's brought in extra vendors to deal with a backlog of cyber challenges. VA's inspector general found more than 9,000 outstanding system security risks in its annual Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) report.

Tags: technology , Cybersecurity , Stephen Warren , Dan Galick , Jeff Miller , House Veterans Affairs Committee , Oversight , FISMA , ASM Research , Accenture , Jason Miller , exclusive

Friday - 05/22/2015, 03:42am EDT
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Having failed its cybersecurity audit for the sixteenth year in a row, Veterans Affairs is taking several steps to address long-standing cyber deficiencies to quicken the path toward a better grade under the Federal Information Security Management Act. Steph Warren is the VA's Chief Information Officer; Dan Galick is the associate deputy assistant secretary for security operations. They tell executive editor Jason Miller why they're optimistic after a long-string of poor audits.

Tags: Jason Miller , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Cybersecurity , FISMA

Friday - 05/22/2015, 09:15am EDT
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Rep. John Delaney (D-Md.)

Customer service at the Veterans Affairs Department has been a mixed bag lately. After the long weekend and the barbeque paraphernalia are cleaned up, area vets will have a chance to sit down with a caseworker and sort their affairs. Rep. John Delaney (D-Md.) will have those caseworkers on hand for a Constituent Services Workshop in Germantown. Vets can get help with all sorts of things. Rep. Delaney joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more workshop details.

Tags: John Delaney , Congress , House , Tom Temin , Federal Drive

Friday - 05/22/2015, 08:53am EDT
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Larry Allen, President, Allen Federal Business Partners

The Veterans Affairs Department acquisition official Jan Frye alleges millions of dollars of improper spending at VA through the use of purchase cards and other problems. The response from Secretary Robert McDonald is that Mr. Frye now knows what work remains for him to fix. Larry Allen, president of Allen Federal Business Partners, talks to In Depth with Francis Rose, about the purchase cards and whether they're actually a problem.

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Thursday - 05/21/2015, 04:15pm EDT
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John Mahoney, Federal Employment Attorney

The VA wastes at least $5 billion a year by skirting federal law and paying excessive prices for goods and services. That's according to Jan Frye, VA's deputy assistant secretary for acquisition and logistics. He recently told a congressional hearing that illegal purchase-card abuse seems to be the biggest problem. Members of the Veterans Affairs committee echo the notion that VA employees are acting illegally. What if that's you they're making those allegations about? Federal employment attorney John Mahoney joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to offer some advice.

Tags: John Mahoney , Jan Frye , Federal Drive , Tom Temin

Thursday - 05/21/2015, 08:22am EDT
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Cheri Cannon, Partner, Tully Rinckey PLLC

You never know what can come up in a psychiatric session. At the Veterans Affairs medical center in Louisville, two patients complained that Dr. Patricia Kinne revealed her sexual orientation. They requested another doctor, and she received a warning from center management. But management's case didn't prevail at the Office of Special Counsel. Federal employment attorney Cheri Cannon of the law firm Tully Rinckey joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more on the lessons learned in this case.

Tags: Cheri Cannon , Tully Rinckey , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Louisville

Thursday - 05/14/2015, 09:11am EDT
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