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Senate Republicans call for VA secretary to resign

Three Senate Republicans called Tuesday for Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki to resign, following allegations of corruption and avoidable deaths at a veterans' hospital in Phoenix.

Tags: Senate , Eric Shinseki , Mitch McConnell , oversight

Tuesday - 05/06/2014, 06:42pm EDT

'Broken' pay system driving SES out of government

More than half of senior executives surveyed by the Senior Executives Association are reporting "low" or "very low" morale with their jobs. The problem lies with a pay-for-performance system where some supervisors make less money than the people they lead. Increasing numbers of senior executive service members are ready to leave the federal government altogether.

Tags: SES , SEA , Commerce , USDA , DoD , Best Places to Work , Partnership for Public Service , workforce , pay , Interior Department , General Schedule , Sean McCalley

Friday - 05/02/2014, 12:49pm EDT

House passes bill banning SES bonuses at the VA

The House passed the GI Tuition Fairness Act of 2013 on Wednesday that includes an amendment to stop all bonuses for senior executives at the VA for five years. The chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee says it will instill some much-needed accountability to the department.

Tags: House , Eric Shinseki , bonuses , SEA , SES , Jeff Miller , House Veterans Affairs Committee , GI Tuition Fairness Act , Sean McCalley

Thursday - 05/01/2014, 11:47am EDT

Yevgeniy Feyman, Fellow, Manhattan Institute

The Veterans Affairs Department has paid out $200 million in wrongful death suits to 1,000 families over the past decade. That number brings up questions about the quality of care in VA centers. VA says it investigates every preventable death. It says they represent a tiny fraction of the people who receive care at its medical centers. Yevgeniy Feyman is a fellow at the Manhattan Institute specializing in health care policy. He told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp how VA's death rates compare with all hospitals.

Tags: Yevgeniy Feyman , Manhattan Institute , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp

Wednesday - 04/16/2014, 10:47am EDT
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How the future of health care lies behind a Blue Button

The Blue Button Initiative started at VA as a way for veterans to more easily access their health care data. But, with the help of Presidential Innovation Fellows, the initiative is now enabling American people across the country to access their personal health records in a human-readable format. Federal News Radio examines the project's greatest successes and where it's headed next as part of our special report, Solving Our Nation's Toughest Challenges: The Presidential Innovation Fellows.

Tags: Presidential Innovation Fellows , Adam Dole , Lena Trudeau , Jennifer Pahlka , Blue Button , Health and Human Services , workforce , Shefali Kapadia

Wednesday - 04/02/2014, 04:00am EDT

On DoD: Leadership skills for veterans, VA's disability backlog and DoD's change to GSA schedules

On this week's On DoD, Jared Serbu talks to Eric Jeffries, chief diversity and inclusion officer at Exelis; Zachary Hearn, the deputy director for benefits at the American Legion; and Alan Chvotkin, vice president at the Professional Services Council.

Tags: Jared Serbu , On DoD , DoD , Erica Jeffries , Exelis , Zachary Hearn , American Legion , Alan Chvotkin , Professional Services Council , GSA , GSA schedules

Wednesday - 04/09/2014, 01:12pm EDT
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Glenn Haggstrom, Chief Acquisition Officer, Veterans Affairs Department

With a budget in place for the rest of the fiscal year and a topline in place that makes most people think 2015 will be a lot like 2014, agencies are getting back to long-term planning and priority setting. One of the areas the Department of Veterans Affairs is setting its priorities for...is acquisition. Glenn Haggstrom, VA's principal executive director of the Office of Acquisition, Logistics and Construction and acting chief acquisition officer for the Department of Veterans Affairs, told In Depth with Francis Rose one of his major acquisition priorities for 2014 has actually been around for a while.

Tags: Glenn Haggstrom , aquisition , In Depth

Tuesday - 04/08/2014, 04:54pm EDT
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Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook: Pentagon goes its own way on GSA schedules; VA still thinks its electronic health record can meet DoD's needs

"Inside the DoD's Reporter's Notebook" is biweekly feature focused on news about the Defense Department and defense community as gathered by Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu.

Tags: DoD , GSA , FAR , contracting , acquisition policy , Federal Supply Schedules , Roger Waldron , Alan Chvotkin , Eric Shinseki , Jonathan Woodson , Wendy Masiello , Jared Serbu , Inside the DoD Reporter

Friday - 04/04/2014, 03:59am EDT
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VA reduces disability claims backlog by 44 percent

The Veterans Affairs Department reduced the number of pending disability claims by 267,000 over the last year. Veterans are also waiting 119 days less than they did a year ago for their claims to be processed.

Tags: disability claims backlog , Eric Shinseki , Agent Orange , pay and benefits , Bernie Sanders , Michael OConnell

Tuesday - 04/01/2014, 02:56pm EDT
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