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VA settles complaints by 3 Phoenix whistleblowers

The Veterans Affairs Department said Monday it has settled complaints filed by three employees who faced retaliation after filing whistleblower complaints about the troubled Phoenix VA hospital.

Tags: management , Phoenix VA , whistleblower , Eric Shinseki

Monday - 09/29/2014, 09:36pm EDT

VA IG unwinds tale of procurement fraud, abuse involving senior agency officials, FedBid

The Veterans Affairs inspector general issued a report alleging the deputy chief procurement officer at the Veterans Health Administration used her position to promote and award a contract to FedBid, a reverse auction vendor, and improperly acted as an agent of the vendor, creating a conflict of interest.

Tags: Jason Miller , acquisition , contracting , industry , management , oversight , FedBid , reverse auctions , Susan Taylor , Jan Frye

Monday - 09/29/2014, 05:26am EDT
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Despite new EHR system, DoD faces big data interoperability challenges

The Defense Department says its forthcoming purchase of a commercial-off-the-shelf electronic health record system is the best way to bring it into line with modern health IT practices and make its data more interoperable. But even after the system is deployed, DoD will be living with legacy data and paper records for years to come.

Tags: Jared Serbu , DoD , health IT , technology , ONC , Mary Ann Rockey , Joe Francis , David Bowen , Defense Management Information Exchange , DHA

Thursday - 09/25/2014, 01:21pm EDT
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Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell PLLC

A big contractor goes to court to challenge the Veterans Affairs Department's plan to limit a solicitation for services to small businesses - and the big guy wins. The details of the case make it one to watch, according to our procurement expert. Attorney Joe Petrillo explained the case of Rotech v. United States on the Federal Drive.

Tags: Joe Petrillo , Federal Drive , Rotech , Legal Loop , contracting , acquisition , SBA

Thursday - 09/25/2014, 01:09pm EDT
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Report: Services for female veterans fall short

The Veterans Affairs Department and other government agencies are not doing enough to help women who served in the military, even as their number is rising dramatically, according to a new report.

Tags: DoD , workforce , oversight

Wednesday - 09/24/2014, 05:40pm EDT

VA has one ethics officer for every 18,674 employees

The Office of Government Ethics says the Veterans Affairs Department needs to expand the legal team responsible for ensuring employees follow government ethics rules. The team has just 19 people, in a department of more than 342,000.

Tags: OGE , ethics , financial disclosure , Emily Kopp , oversight , management , workforce

Tuesday - 09/23/2014, 02:21pm EDT

J. David Cox, President, AFGE

New leadership at the Veterans Affairs Department has its union, the American Federation of Government Employees, are hoping for better times ahead. VA is just one agency working to repair relations between unionized employees and their managers. Some unions within the National Council on Federal Labor Management Relations say agencies are shutting them out their meetings before making decisions. J. David Cox, president of AFGE, tells Federal News Radio's Emily Kopp why pre-decisional involvement is important to unions and employees.

Tags: J. David Cox , AFGE , In Depth

Thursday - 09/18/2014, 04:13pm EDT
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Former VA employee sentenced for stealing government property

Venita Godfrey-Scott was charged with stealing government property she used for various home improvement projects.

Tags: Crime of the Week , Ciera Crawford , Justice Department ,

Friday - 09/19/2014, 04:14am EDT

VA scheduling investigation finds misconduct in dozens of facilities

During an ongoing Veterans Affairs inspector general investigation, more than a dozen VA officials lied to investigators. Given what officials have learned so far, the practices that raised alarms in Phoenix are pervasive throughout the Veterans Health Administration.

Tags: Congress , management , oversight , Richard Griffin , Robert McDonald , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 09/10/2014, 04:52am EDT
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Irma Westmoreland, Chairwoman, National Nurses United for Veterans Affairs

The Veterans Affairs Department has ramped up referrals to private doctors in order to get patients the care they need more quickly. But several unions that represent VA employees argue, the uptick in referrals could signal a shift toward privatizing the VA. This all comes as Secretary Robert McDonald aims to fix how the VA treats its veterans following major reform legislation passed by Congress this past summer. Irma Westmoreland is a registered nurse and chairwoman of National Nurses United for Veterans Affairs. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with her take on changes at the VA.

Tags: Irma Westmoreland , Federal Drive , Tom Temin

Tuesday - 09/09/2014, 10:11am EDT
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