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

The Veterans Affairs Department finally fired Terry Gerigk Wolf last week. The former director of the Pittsburgh VA center had been on paid leave since June following a review of a Legionnaire's disease outbreak that claimed the lives of six patients there. Wolf is the fourth senior executive to be removed under the Veterans' Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act of 2014. John Palguta is vice president for policy at the Partnership for Public Service. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss what that firing means for the future of due process protections for federal employees.

Tags: Terry Wolf , John Palguta , Partnership for Public Service , Tom Temin , workforce , firing

Tuesday - 11/18/2014, 09:55am EST
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VA's two-step toward a new patient scheduling system

VA will release by Nov. 21 a request for proposals for a new commercial scheduling system and integration services for that scheduling software with its VISTA health IT system.

Tags: Technology , acquisition , industry , Steph Warren , patient scheduled system , open source , Inside the Reporters Notebook , Jason Miller

Monday - 11/17/2014, 04:15am EST

Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Leaders at the Department of Veterans Affairs just found out that independent auditors have given their IT security program a failing grade for the 16th year in a row. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has details on the security shortcomings and what VA says it's doing to fix them.

Tags: IT security , DoD , Jared Serbu , In Depth , Francis Rose

Friday - 11/14/2014, 04:25pm EST
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Kim Hayes, CEO and Co-Founder, Ambit Group

The reorganization at the Veterans Affairs Department is a rebranding effort in many ways. VA Secretary Bob McDonald will hire a chief customer service officer to try to reverse an image of poor quality care for its customers. Kim Hayes, CEO and co-founder of Ambit Group, is also a finalist for Executive of Year at the 2014 GovCon awards. She tells In Depth with Francis Rose about Ambit Group's data-centric approach to agency reorganization.

Tags: Kim Hayes , Robert McDonald , veterans , Customer service , Ambit Group , GovCon Awards , In Depth , Francis Rose

Thursday - 11/13/2014, 02:14pm EST
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Bob Tobias, Professor, Key Executive Leadership Programs

The largest reorganization in Veterans Affairs Department history won't look like most re-orgs you've seen before. That's according to Bob Tobias -- he's professor of Key Executive Leadership Programs at American University. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the organizational chart at the VA won't see the changes most other agencies do.

Tags: Bob Tobias , Key Executive Leadership Programs , American University , In Depth , Francis Rose

Wednesday - 11/12/2014, 04:27pm EST
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Bobbie Kilberg, President, Northern Virginia Technology Council

Leadership of the Department of Veterans Affairs is reviewing the recommendations of a working group of the Northern Virginia Technology Council. That working group looked at scheduling at two VA medical centers in Virginia. Bobbie Kilberg is president of the Northern Virginia Technology Council. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she explained who did what for VA, and why.

Tags: Bobbie Kilberg , Northern Virginia Technology Council , In Depth , Francis Rose , VA Medical Centers

Wednesday - 11/12/2014, 05:17pm EST
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VA and the office of redundancy office

Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald is making news with his plans to reorganize the Department of Veterans Affairs. Jeff Neal, senior vice president for ICF International, says the Secretary's moves are a good start because VA, like most large agencies, has its fair share of redundant organizations.

Tags: Jeff Neal , ChiefHRO.com , Bob McDonald , workforce , redundancy , DHS , Management

Thursday - 11/13/2014, 02:51am EST

VA makes changes in time for Veterans Day

he Department of Veterans Affairs announced a reorganization Monday designed to make it easier for veterans to gain access to the sprawling department.

Tags: Robert McDonald , Pentagon and Beyond , JJ Green

Tuesday - 11/11/2014, 06:23pm EST
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