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Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell PLLC

A big contractor goes to court to challenge the Veterans Affairs Department's plan to limit a solicitation for services to small businesses - and the big guy wins. The details of the case make it one to watch, according to our procurement expert. Attorney Joe Petrillo explained the case of Rotech v. United States on the Federal Drive.

Tags: Joe Petrillo , Federal Drive , Rotech , Legal Loop , contracting , acquisition , SBA

Thursday - 09/25/2014, 01:09pm EDT
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Report: Services for female veterans fall short

The Veterans Affairs Department and other government agencies are not doing enough to help women who served in the military, even as their number is rising dramatically, according to a new report.

Tags: DoD , workforce , oversight

Wednesday - 09/24/2014, 05:40pm EDT

VA has one ethics officer for every 18,674 employees

The Office of Government Ethics says the Veterans Affairs Department needs to expand the legal team responsible for ensuring employees follow government ethics rules. The team has just 19 people, in a department of more than 342,000.

Tags: OGE , ethics , financial disclosure , Emily Kopp , oversight , management , workforce

Tuesday - 09/23/2014, 02:21pm EDT

J. David Cox, President, AFGE

New leadership at the Veterans Affairs Department has its union, the American Federation of Government Employees, are hoping for better times ahead. VA is just one agency working to repair relations between unionized employees and their managers. Some unions within the National Council on Federal Labor Management Relations say agencies are shutting them out their meetings before making decisions. J. David Cox, president of AFGE, tells Federal News Radio's Emily Kopp why pre-decisional involvement is important to unions and employees.

Tags: J. David Cox , AFGE , In Depth

Thursday - 09/18/2014, 04:13pm EDT
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Former VA employee sentenced for stealing government property

Venita Godfrey-Scott was charged with stealing government property she used for various home improvement projects.

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

Friday - 09/19/2014, 04:14am EDT

VA scheduling investigation finds misconduct in dozens of facilities

During an ongoing Veterans Affairs inspector general investigation, more than a dozen VA officials lied to investigators. Given what officials have learned so far, the practices that raised alarms in Phoenix are pervasive throughout the Veterans Health Administration.

Tags: Congress , management , oversight , Richard Griffin , Robert McDonald , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 09/10/2014, 04:52am EDT
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Irma Westmoreland, Chairwoman, National Nurses United for Veterans Affairs

The Veterans Affairs Department has ramped up referrals to private doctors in order to get patients the care they need more quickly. But several unions that represent VA employees argue, the uptick in referrals could signal a shift toward privatizing the VA. This all comes as Secretary Robert McDonald aims to fix how the VA treats its veterans following major reform legislation passed by Congress this past summer. Irma Westmoreland is a registered nurse and chairwoman of National Nurses United for Veterans Affairs. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with her take on changes at the VA.

Tags: Irma Westmoreland , Federal Drive , Tom Temin

Tuesday - 09/09/2014, 10:11am EDT
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Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook: DoD still slow to share medical records; New hiring initiative at VA; DISA's $12B IT contract

In this week's edition of Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook, Jared Serbu examines news and buzz in the Defense community that you might have missed including: DoD-VA medical record sharing still too slow; VA kicks off new drive to hire docs; DISA plans follow-on to Encore II contract

Tags: Inside the DoD Reporter , DoD , DISA , VA , inspector general , contracting , technology , Robert McDonald , Jennifer Carter , oversight , Jared Serbu

Friday - 08/29/2014, 06:47pm EDT

MSPB: Congress should simplify veterans preference hiring laws

A new report from the Merit Systems Protection Board says that it's time for Congress to simplify the overly complex veterans preference laws to make sure they're doing what Congress put them in place to do.

Tags: MSPB , hiring , veterans preference , John Palguta , Partnership for Public Service , Congress , Michael OConnell , workforce

Thursday - 08/28/2014, 04:59pm EDT
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VA training guide likens veterans to Oscar the Grouch

A Veterans Affairs training slide show said that veterans might be demanding and unrealistic, and advised staffers on "what to say to Oscar the Grouch."

Tags: workforce , training

Wednesday - 08/27/2014, 05:20pm EDT
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