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J. David Cox, President, American Federation of Government Employees

The House and Senate have appointed members to a conference committee on legislation to revamp the Veterans Affairs health care system. Regardless of how Congress ends up changing the structure to address long wait times for patients, the system will need more money for emergencies. That is one request from the American Federation of Government Employees, which represents many front-line VA employees. J. David Cox is the union's president and a former VA nurse. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss how the problems at the VA are affecting the front-line employees.

Tags: J. David Cox , American Federation of Government Employees , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp

Monday - 06/23/2014, 09:43am EDT
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VA defends 'outlandish' performance rating, bonus systems

Despite reports of delayed patient treatments, falsified records and preventable veteran deaths, the Department of Veterans Affairs said all of its 470 senior executives have been rated "successful" over the past four fiscal years. The ratings have sparked outrage among members of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs, whose chairman called the performance rating and bonus system at the VA "outlandish."

Tags: Congress , House , Gina Farrisee , Jeff Miller , bonus , Shefali Kapadia

Friday - 06/20/2014, 03:07pm EDT

VA chief: More vets wait 30 days for appointment

About 10 percent of veterans seeking medical care at VA hospitals and clinics have to wait at least 30 days for an appointment -- more than twice the percentage of veterans the government said last week were forced to endure long waits.

Tags: Sloan Gibson , management , oversight

Thursday - 06/19/2014, 03:12am EDT

John Palguta, Vice President for Policy, Partnership for Public Service

The problems at the Veteran Affairs Department continue to unfold. Meanwhile, the largest civilian agency lacks a Senate confirmed leader. We've seen this pattern before: troubled agency, departed leadership. Some come roaring back, some limp along. John Palguta is the vice president for policy at the Partnership for Public Service. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss how the VA can shape a more promising future.

Tags: John Palguta , Partnership for Public Service , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp ,

Tuesday - 06/17/2014, 11:11am EDT
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Yevgeniy Feyman, Fellow, The Manhattan Institute

The House and Senate have both passed bills to shore up the Veterans Affairs Department. Now they are in conference to reconcile. The final bill would give veterans more opportunities to seek care outside of VA hospitals, while beefing up the VA's own medical staff. The Congressional Budget Office has scored the VA bill and estimates the expense of the additional care would be about $50 billion. Yevgeniy Feyman, fellow at the Manhattan Institute, joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss whether all the money will help.

Tags: Yevgeniy Feyman , Congress , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp

Friday - 06/13/2014, 10:46am EDT
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Senate backs bill to improve health care for vets

The Senate acted Wednesday to help thousands of military veterans enduring long wait times for VA medical care, as the FBI revealed it has opened a criminal investigation into a Veterans Affairs Department reeling from allegations of falsified records and inappropriate scheduling practices.

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Thursday - 06/12/2014, 03:20am EDT

VA planning two RFPs to help fix patient scheduling problems

The first solicitation will address near-term fixes for the current application. The second one will look to commercial technology for a wholesale replacement of the scheduling application. VA says it will build off the contest it ran in 2013 where it awarded $3 million to competitors to develop VISTA-friendly scheduling software.

Tags: technology , acquisition , contracting , industry , Steph Warren , Chris Miller , DoD , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 06/11/2014, 03:58am EDT
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Veterans Affairs Department will try to address one major aspect of its patient scheduling scandal by looking to industry for help. VA is planning two major acquisitions in the coming months. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss what VA is trying to do. Read Jason's related article.

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

Wednesday - 06/11/2014, 08:52am EDT
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