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VA chief calls House budget proposal 'inadequate'

A House subcommittee's plan to cut the budget for the Department of Veterans Affairs by more than $1.4 billion next year will "cause veterans to suffer," VA Secretary Robert McDonald said Tuesday.

Tags: Bob McDonald , budget , Congress

Tuesday - 04/21/2015, 09:00pm EDT

Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

House Veterans Affairs committee members are asking for more details on why the Veterans Affairs Department let 14 contractor employees telework from countries like China and India. The latest VA inspector general report on the agency's cybersecurity once again calls into question VA's actions and reactions to the potential problems. In his bi-weekly feature, "Inside the Reporter's Notebook," executive editor Jason Miller writes about these latest concerns. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss what he found out.

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

Tuesday - 04/21/2015, 09:07am EDT
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

House Veterans Affairs lawmakers want more details on why the Veterans Affairs Department let 14 contractor employees telework from countries like China and India. The latest VA Inspector General report on the agency's cybersecurity once again calls into question VA's actions and reactions to the potential problems. In the latest edition of Inside the Reporter's Notebook, Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller tells In Depth with Francis Rose about the latest concerns from members of Congress on VA's cybersecurity.

Tags: Jason Miller , Inside the Reporters Notebook , In Depth

Monday - 04/20/2015, 04:24pm EDT
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VA tells Congress it has plan to pay for Denver hospital

The Veterans Affairs Department told Congress it wants to tap a $5 billion fund for improving health care to finish the over-budget Denver VA hospital, Sen. Michael Bennet's office said Monday.

Tags: Congress , Denver , Michael Bennet

Monday - 04/13/2015, 09:00pm EDT

Ron Abrams, Joint Executive Director, National Veterans Legal Services Program

A number of veterans organization are suing the Veterans Affairs Department over a new rule regarding disability claims. The rule only went into effect a week ago, but the lawsuit claims it's eliminated most informal VA claims, and limits the types of claims VA can adjudicate. One change means that letters written into VA no longer count as claims; now everything has to be on a standardized form. Ron Abrams is a former VA staff member, and now the joint executive director of the National Veterans Legal Services Program. He joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more on the lawsuit and its ramifications.

Tags: Ron Abrams , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , disability , National Veterans Legal Services Program

Monday - 04/13/2015, 09:36am EDT
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VA to relinquish control of Denver hospital construction

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will take over construction management at the new Denver veterans hospital amid an internal investigation into how the project ran $1 billion over budget, the Veterans Affairs Department said Thursday.

Tags: Denver , Contracting , hospital

Thursday - 04/02/2015, 08:13pm EDT

Emily Kopp, Reporter, Federal News Radio

Federal jobs are not the easiest or the best-paid, but at least they're secure. Or so the thinking went. That long-held belief is less prevalent today than it once was, particularly among Senior Executive Service members. A 2014 law that gave Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald more leeway to fire SES members has taken a toll on members' morale government-wide. Many are questioning their career choices. That finding comes from a Senior Executives Association survey on the possibility of at-will employment. SEA President Carol Bonosaro discussed it with Federal News Radio's Emily Kopp.

Tags: Emily Kopp , SES , Tom Temin , Bob McDonald , workforce

Wednesday - 04/01/2015, 09:18am EDT
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