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Bobbie Kilberg, President, Northern Virginia Technology Council

Leadership of the Department of Veterans Affairs is reviewing the recommendations of a working group of the Northern Virginia Technology Council. That working group looked at scheduling at two VA medical centers in Virginia. Bobbie Kilberg is president of the Northern Virginia Technology Council. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she explained who did what for VA, and why.

Tags: Bobbie Kilberg , Northern Virginia Technology Council , In Depth , Francis Rose , VA Medical Centers

Wednesday - 11/12/2014, 05:17pm EST
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VA and the office of redundancy office

Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald is making news with his plans to reorganize the Department of Veterans Affairs. Jeff Neal, senior vice president for ICF International, says the Secretary's moves are a good start because VA, like most large agencies, has its fair share of redundant organizations.

Tags: Jeff Neal , ChiefHRO.com , Bob McDonald , workforce , redundancy , DHS , management

Thursday - 11/13/2014, 02:51am EST

VA makes changes in time for Veterans Day

he Department of Veterans Affairs announced a reorganization Monday designed to make it easier for veterans to gain access to the sprawling department.

Tags: Robert McDonald , Pentagon and Beyond , JJ Green

Tuesday - 11/11/2014, 06:23pm EST

From Army sniper to IT professional: One vet's story of his transition to civilian life

It may seem like a leap to go from Army sniper to a career helping federal agencies deliver great online customer service and software development practices. But that's the story of Randy Tharp. A wounded warrior of two tours of duty in Iraq, he's also had two tours of duty as a federal civilian employee before heading to the Five-Nine Group.

Tags: Randy Tharp , Federal Drive , Army , veteran , Five9Group , people

Tuesday - 11/11/2014, 12:09pm EST

Verna Jones, Executive Director, American Legion

This Veterans Day will be one of transition at the Veterans Affairs Department. New secretary Bob McDonald has taken steps to minimize delays at veterans health centers across the country and show he's holding employees accountable. Now he wants to embark on a major reorganization of the department. One of the people watching closely is Verna Jones, the new executive director of the American Legion. Jones tells Federal News Radio's Emily Kopp that she sees progress at the VA but there's still so much more to improve.

Tags: Bob McDonald , Verna Jones , American Legion , Emily Kopp , workforce

Monday - 11/10/2014, 11:16am EST
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McDonald says ‘biggest reorganization of VA' to rebuild trust is underway

VA Secretary Bob McDonald said the new "Road to Veterans Day Action Review" released Thursday will help change the culture of the agency. The three-pronged strategy is part of McDonald's efforts during his first 100 days in office.

Tags: management , Bob McDonald , whistleblower retaliation , Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act , workforce , Jason Miller

Friday - 11/07/2014, 03:45am EST
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Ellen Edmonson, Veterans Health Administration Telehealth Services

Veterans made 2 million virtual health care visits in fiscal 2014. Whether it's having a consult without leaving your living room or having medical data collected and monitored remotely, telehealth makes more care possible for many vets who can't make it to a clinic or don't have one nearby. Ellen Edmonson is deputy chief consultant of the Veterans Health Administration Telehealth Services. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to describe how telehealth works.

Tags: Ellen Edmonson , Tom Temin , Federal Drive , telehealth , veterans , Veterans Health Administration ,

Friday - 10/24/2014, 01:00pm EDT
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VA official charged with health care fraud

Former Chief of Prosthetics at VA Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Florida, and equipment vendor charged with conspiracy to commit health care fraud.

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

Thursday - 10/23/2014, 10:17am EDT

Allison Hickey, Under Secretary for Benefits, Veterans Affairs Department

The Veterans Affairs Department has broken its own records in processing disability and pension claims. The agency made its way through 1.3 million claims in fiscal 2014. That surpasses 2013's record by 150,000. One result is that VA's disability claims backlog fell to its lowest number in four years. It's down 60 percent from the peak of March 2013. These numbers put VA on track to meet its 2015 goals. Allison Hickey is the undersecretary for benefits at the VA. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain how the agency was able to plow through so many cases.

Tags: Allison Hickey , claims backlog , Federal Drive

Tuesday - 10/21/2014, 01:00pm EDT
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