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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

Steve Lord, Managing Director, Forensic Audits and Investigative Service, GAO

The Veterans Affairs Department has hundreds of land-use agreements worth tens of millions of dollars. It needs help in managing them. A new study by the Government Accountability Office found several agreements were recorded multiple times, and some revenue hadn't even been reported. Steve Lord, the managing director of Forensic Audits and Investigative Service at GAO, joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to explain more about how land-use agreements work and what GAO found.

Tags: Steve Lord , Tom Temin , Federal Drive , GAO , land-use agreements

Thursday - 02/12/2015, 09:12am EST
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VA secretary asks Iraq veteran congressman: 'What have you done?'

Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald on Wednesday asked a Republican lawmaker who served in both Iraq wars, "What have you done?" as the two men sparred over huge cost overruns at a troubled Denver VA hospital.

Tags: Bob McDonald , Mike Coffman , VA hospitals , Denver , Congress , House

Thursday - 02/12/2015, 05:53am EST

VA secretary asks Iraq war veteran: 'What have you done?'

Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald on Wednesday asked a Republican lawmaker who served in both Iraq wars, "What have you done?" as the two men sparred over huge cost overruns at a troubled Denver VA hospital.

Tags: Bob McDonald , Mike Coffman , VA hospitals , Denver , Congress , House

Thursday - 02/12/2015, 04:40am EST

Byers: VA moving from volume to value-based health care

The Veterans Health Administration wants to reinvent how it pays its doctors. To do that, it's modernizing its health care system in a data-driven way. Mark Byers is CEO of DSS Inc. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained ways data can reinvent and improve health care for the federal government.

Tags: Mark Byers , DSS , In Depth , Veterans Health Administration ,

Thursday - 02/05/2015, 04:10pm EST
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Congress must force DoD, VA to work together as part of military compensation overhaul

In their first round of congressional testimony, members of the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission cited glaring gaps between the policies and services provided by DoD and VA. Their report found that existing systems to bridge the gap are mostly a paperwork exercise.

Tags: management , DoD , VA , Congress , Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission , Stephen Buyer , Peter Chiarelli , Bob Kerrey , Senate Armed Services Committee , SASC , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 02/04/2015, 04:14am EST
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Fighting for whistleblower rights, OSC gains higher profile

Blowing the whistle on wrongdoing at the Department of Veterans Affairs can mean risking everything from losing a job to losing the respect of co-workers. But in fighting whistleblower retaliation today, the Office of Special Counsel hopes future whistleblowers will come forward without fear of punishment.

Tags: Eric Bachman , OSC , whistleblower , oversight , Jory Heckman , mangement , workforce

Wednesday - 01/28/2015, 03:24pm EST
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Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.), Chairman, House Veterans Affairs Committee

Bonuses went to some employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs who later got caught up in the wait time scandal, and other incidents at the agency. The congressman who sponsored the bill that makes it easier to fire SESers at VA wants to go after those bonuses now. Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.) is chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said seeing results from the VA Management Accountability Act of 2014 (the firing bill that President Barack Obama signed late last year) won't happen overnight.

Tags: Jeff Miller , House Veterans Affairs Committee , House , Congress , In Depth

Wednesday - 01/28/2015, 04:17pm EST
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Jason Miller, executive editor, Federal News Radio

The Department of Veterans Affairs began the biggest transformation in its history with a simple premise: everyone working from the same starting point. VA announced today the first of what likely will be many reorganizations, starting with its regional map. Federal News Radio executive editor Jason Miller joined In Depth with Francis Rose to discuss where VA's transformation is heading.

Tags: Jason Miller , Federal Drive , In Depth

Monday - 01/26/2015, 04:34pm EST
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VA begins biggest transformation in history

The massive reorganization the Veterans Affairs Department has unveiled begins with a simple premise: everyone should work from the same starting point. VA said it has now created a single map made up of five regions that the Veterans Health Administration, the Veterans Benefits Administration, the National Cemetery Administration and several other offices will work from instead of the nine separate regional maps that existed previously.

Tags: management , Bob McDonald , Bob Snyder , Scott Blackburn , Reorganization , Customer service , MyVa , Jason Miller

Monday - 01/26/2015, 06:27pm EST
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