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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Department of Veterans Affairs says it has a similar problem to the Defense Department: too many underutilized facilities in its inventory and a lot of dilapidated structures it can't afford to tear down. As Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports, VA is asking Congress for its own version of a BRAC.

Tags: Jared Serbu , DoD , In Depth

Thursday - 03/05/2015, 04:45pm EST
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Paul Gregory, Veterans Affairs Acquisition Academy

All morning we've been talking about acquisition, and how to improve and modernize it. Sometimes it's easy to forget that acquisitions aren't just for their own sake; they support programs. So good program management is part of the mix of success. Paul Gregory, the vice chancellor of the Program Management School at the Veterans Affairs Acquisition Academy, joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive from the ACT-IAC Acquisition Excellence Conference with more on that perspective.

Tags: Paul Gregory , Veterans Affairs Acquisition Academy , Tom Temin , Federal Drive

Tuesday - 03/03/2015, 10:16am EST
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Andrew O'Brien, Special Rep. for Global Partnerships, State Dept.

The State Department hopes to tap into veterans' overseas experiences with a new program. The Veterans Innovation Partnership launched last month. The goal is to apply service members' skills to foreign policy and international affairs. Drew O'Brien is the Special Representative for Global Partnerships at the State Department. He joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to explain more about the program.

Tags: State Department , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Veterans Innovation Partnership ,

Tuesday - 03/03/2015, 10:34am EST
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House backs bill to force VA execs to give back bonuses

The House on Monday approved a bill allowing the Veterans Affairs secretary to force senior executives to repay bonuses if the employees engaged in misconduct.

Tags: Congress , House

Tuesday - 03/03/2015, 04:30am EST

Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Veterans Affairs Department is attacking its appeals backlog much in the same way it took on its disability claims backlog. VA is using a combination of technology and old-fashioned process improvements to deal with an appeals backlog that has grown by 15 percent over the last two years. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more details on VA's plans to decrease the appeals backlog.

Tags: Jason Miller , Tom Temin , Federal Drive , Disability backlog

Wednesday - 02/25/2015, 09:51am EST
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VA secretary apologizes anew for misstating military service

Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald apologized anew Tuesday for erroneously claiming he served in the military's special forces, and veterans groups and lawmakers appeared ready to accept his expression of regret.

Tags: Robert McDonald , people

Tuesday - 02/24/2015, 06:26pm EST

Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

By one measure, the Defense Department's health care bill is triple what it was 15 years ago. By another, medical costs make up 10 percent of the military's budget, compared to 6 percent in 2000. A new report from the Center for a New American Security says the department has to get health spending under control, and offers two main prescriptions. Peter Levin is an adjunct fellow at the center, and also a former chief technology officer at the Department of Veterans Affairs. In an interview with Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu, he says it's true that the nation's overall health care costs have been rising, but DoD seems to be last in line to address the problem.

Tags: Jared Serbu , DoD , Center for a New American Security , Peter Levin , In Depth

Wednesday - 02/18/2015, 05:32pm EST
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New and noteworthy on Capitol Hill: A week in review

A brief look at the latest happenings in Congress this week

Tags: Congress , House , Senate , security clearance , OPM

Friday - 02/13/2015, 12:39pm EST
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