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One year later, House lawmakers dissatisfied with VA's handling of eBenefits cyber breach

Reps. Jackie Walorski and Mike Coffman wrote separate letters to VA Secretary Bob McDonald asking for details about how the agency is addressing ongoing cyber challenges. Walorski asked VA to answer four questions about how it's protecting the identity of veterans using the eBenefits site.

Tags: technology , cybersecurity , House Veterans Affairs Committee , Mike Coffman , Jackie Walorski , eBenefits portal , Mandiant , Deloitte , Jason Miller

Monday - 12/22/2014, 12:26pm EST

David Dye, Director, Federal Human Capital Services, Deloitte

Some days, it's not easy being a senior career executive in the Federal Government. Ill will reached a peak last summer at the height of scandal in the Veterans Affairs Department. That led to Congress enacting legislation cutting the civil service protection of SESers at the VA. A couple of weeks ago, President Obama gave the SES a pat on the back, promising to make the service into how it was originally envisioned. So what will 2015 bring? David Dye, the director of Federal Human Capital Services at Deloitte and a former official at the Office of Personnel Management, offered some answers on the Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

Tags: David Dye , Deloitte , Tom Temin , Federal Drive , SES , workforce , OMB

Monday - 12/22/2014, 06:57am EST
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Testing the VA's new rapid-fire-you weapon

A ruling could have a major impact on the pay, pensions. bonuses and job security of Uncle Sam's 6,000 top career executives, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Tags: Mike Causey , Mike Causeys Federal Report , MSPB ,

Monday - 12/22/2014, 02:00am EST

VA bringing latest cyber tools to bear to improve network defenses

Steph Warren, the Veterans Affairs Department chief information officer, said the agency is the first to implement advanced cyber capabilities from DHS known as Einstein 3A, and is expanding its continuous monitoring capabilities.

Tags: Steph Warren , Ask the CIO , technology , cybersecurity , DHS , Einstein 3A , CenturyLink , House Veterans Affairs Committee , Jason Miller

Thursday - 12/18/2014, 02:55pm EST
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David Wise, Director of Physical Infrastructure Issues, GAO

A Veterans Affairs hospital construction project is shaping up to be a classic failure. Late and over-budget, the billion dollar Denver facility is only 62 percent complete. And now a court rules, the contractor could legally walk away from the whole thing. Judges for the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals say the VA has acted in bad faith. This mess has not escaped notice of the Government Accountability Office. David Wise, the director of physical infrastructure issues at GAO, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain more of what went wrong and whether it can be salvaged.

Tags: David Wise , Physical Infrastructure Issues , Civilian Board of Contract Appeals , hospitals , Tom Temin , Federal Drive , contracting , Denver

Tuesday - 12/16/2014, 07:49am EST
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Baylee Crone, National Coalition for Homeless Veterans

Nearly one in three homeless veterans calling a Veterans Affairs help hotline was sent to voicemail in fiscal 2013. That's just one of the issues uncovered in an Inspector General's report on the VA National Call Center for Homeless Veterans. The VA has pledged to make changes to the call center. But as the temperatures dip, what other challenges lie ahead in supporting homeless vets? Baylee Crone, executive director at the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with the latest on these problems and details on her testimony before the House Veterans Affairs Committee.

Tags: Baylee Crone , National Coalition for Homeless Veterans , Tom Temin , Federal Drive , inspector general , call centers

Tuesday - 12/16/2014, 12:01am EST
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Disability hiring on the rise, OPM says

Four years after a push from the President, the federal government is hiring employees with disabilities at a rate that's higher than it's been in decades, according to a new report from the Office of Personnel Management.

Tags: Katherine Archuleta , OPM , disability hiring , Jory Heckman , DoD , Treasury Department , Treasury

Monday - 12/08/2014, 11:39am EST

Emily Kopp, Reporter, Federal News Radio

Three whistleblowers at the Veterans Affairs Department are the "Public Servants of the Year." The Office of Special Counsel awarded the employees, all doctors, with the distinction. Special Counsel Carolyn Lerner said, "because of these doctors' efforts, veterans are now far more likely to receive the treatment they deserve." Federal News Radio's Emily Kopp was at the ceremony and joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss their story.

Tags: whistleblowers , Tom Temin , Federal Drive , Emily Kopp , Carolyn Lerner

Thursday - 12/04/2014, 09:49am EST
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Ed Meagher, Husky Elf, Operation Covert Santa

Operation Covert Santa is looking for new recruits. Ed Meagher is Husky Elf of Operation Covert Santa, and also known for his role as former Deputy Assistant Secretary and Deputy Chief Information Officer of the Department of Veterans Affairs. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said Operation Covert Santa is a simple job with huge rewards.

Tags: Ed Meagher , Operation Covert Santa , In Depth

Tuesday - 12/02/2014, 05:15pm EST
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Veterans Affairs Department is on the street with a new procurement to replace its patient scheduling system. The department has used the current system since 1986. It's the one scheduling staff used to manipulate data on patient waiting times in Phoenix and several other locations across the country. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu writes about this RFP and more in this week's edition of Inside the Reporter's Notebook.

Tags: Jared Serbu , Tom Temin , Federal Drive , procurement , patient scheduling system , data , health IT

Tuesday - 11/25/2014, 11:09am EST
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