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Latest employee viewpoint survey shows dissatisfaction with VA's senior leaders

In an agency rocked by scandal and mismanagement, employees at the Veterans Affairs Department are becoming less pleased with their senior leaders. According to data from the Office of Personnel Management's 2014 Employee Viewpoint Survey, only 37 percent of employees surveyed said they are satisfied with their senior leaders' policies and practices. The number is down from 40 percent in the 2013 survey.

Tags: Employee Viewpoint Survey , workforce , management , Shefali Kapadia

Friday - 10/17/2014, 11:27am EDT

Melissa Starinsky, Chancellor, VA Acquisition Academy

The acquisition workforce is issue number one for just about every person Federal News Radio has talked to as part of our special report "The Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform". Today's focus - taking stock for the future. Melissa Starinsky is chancellor of the VA Acquisition Academy. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she said they're realizing some success in training the acquisition workforce of the future.

Tags: Melissa Starinsky , VA Acquisition Academy , Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform , acquisition , In Depth

Thursday - 10/16/2014, 04:41pm EDT
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VA exec at center of FedBid procurement scandal retires

Susan Taylor, the Veterans Health Administration deputy chief procurement officer, resigned and retired Oct. 14. She sent an email to staff announcing her decision as VA had started the process to fire her.

Tags: Susan Taylor , management , oversight , acquisition , Robert McDonald , House Veterans Affairs Committee , FedBid , Jason Miller , In Depth

Tuesday - 10/14/2014, 05:53pm EDT
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VA begins process to remove executive at center of FedBid scandal

Sloan Gibson, VA's deputy secretary, said he's proposed the removal of Susan Taylor, the deputy chief procurement officer at the Veterans Health Administration. Gibson will use the new authorities provided by Congress and President Barack Obama in August under the Veterans' Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act of 2014.

Tags: management , Susan Taylor , Jeff Miller , House Veterans Affairs Committee , Susan Tsui Grundmann , Merit Systems Protection Board , Veterans Access to Care Through Choice, Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014 , oversight , FedBid , Senior Executive Service , Jason Miller

Monday - 10/06/2014, 05:54pm EDT

Susan Tsui Grundmann, Chairman, Merit Systems Protection Board

A new law signed by the President last month gives the Veterans Affairs secretary lots of discretion to fire or demote members of the Senior Executive Service. The law came in response to management problems resulting in long wait times for admittance to VA facilities. The law means SESers at VA work under a different set of civil service rules than those in the rest of government. It also imposes new burdens on the Merit Systems Protection Board. The board issued an interim final rule on how the agency will carry out the new mandate. Chairwoman Susan Tsui Grundmann joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the comments the board received about the rule and what the law does require of the board.

Tags: Susan Tsui Grundmann , Tom Temin , Merit Systems Protection Board , Federal Drive , management

Monday - 10/06/2014, 09:13am EDT
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Energy reverses course on plan to hire VA executive at center of FedBid procurement fraud

The Department of Energy's Office of Environmental Management planned to bring on Susan Taylor, the Veterans Health Administration's deputy chief procurement officer, but now has changed its mind. Taylor is accused by the VA inspector general of committing procurement fraud, lying to investigators and having a conflict of interest by promoting FedBid.

Tags: management , acquisition , Energy , Susan Taylor , Thomas Johnson , FedBid , oversight , Jason Miller

Thursday - 10/02/2014, 03:14pm EDT

VA settles complaints by 3 Phoenix whistleblowers

The Veterans Affairs Department said Monday it has settled complaints filed by three employees who faced retaliation after filing whistleblower complaints about the troubled Phoenix VA hospital.

Tags: management , Phoenix VA , whistleblower , Eric Shinseki

Monday - 09/29/2014, 09:36pm EDT

VA IG unwinds tale of procurement fraud, abuse involving senior agency officials, FedBid

The Veterans Affairs inspector general issued a report alleging the deputy chief procurement officer at the Veterans Health Administration used her position to promote and award a contract to FedBid, a reverse auction vendor, and improperly acted as an agent of the vendor, creating a conflict of interest.

Tags: Jason Miller , acquisition , contracting , industry , management , oversight , FedBid , reverse auctions , Susan Taylor , Jan Frye

Monday - 09/29/2014, 05:26am EDT
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Despite new EHR system, DoD faces big data interoperability challenges

The Defense Department says its forthcoming purchase of a commercial-off-the-shelf electronic health record system is the best way to bring it into line with modern health IT practices and make its data more interoperable. But even after the system is deployed, DoD will be living with legacy data and paper records for years to come.

Tags: Jared Serbu , DoD , health IT , technology , ONC , Mary Ann Rockey , Joe Francis , David Bowen , Defense Management Information Exchange , DHA

Thursday - 09/25/2014, 01:21pm EDT
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