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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

Marina Martin, Chief Technology Officer, Veterans Affairs Department

The Veterans Affairs Department promises to be "digital by default." The new initiative seeks to provide better and faster service to veterans. The department is hiring experts from outside the government to build the technology to streamline offerings. Marina Martin, VA's chief technology officer, tells Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp the effort goes beyond simply tackling the persistent backlog of disability claims.

Tags: Marina Martin , Federal Drive

Tuesday - 04/01/2014, 11:20am EDT
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Eric Shinseki, Secretary, Veterans Affairs Department

Cash, drugs and science experiments are all part of VA's fiscal 2015 budget request.

Tags: Eric Shinseki , Senate Veterans Affairs Committee , Senate , budget , In Depth

Monday - 03/17/2014, 04:58pm EDT
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House works on bills impacting federal agencies, workforce

With the partial government shutdown behind them, members of Congress are working on several bills that impact the federal workforce, including a resolution that supports ending the federal pay freeze and a bill that tackles the claims backlog at Veterans Affairs.

Tags: Congress , House , budget , pay freeze , claims backlog , workforce , Michael OConnell , cybersecurity , TSA , acquisition

Tuesday - 10/29/2013, 02:41pm EDT

Documents reveal weaknesses in VA's security controls

Documents obtained by Federal News Radio show VA failed for the 15th year in a row its consolidated financial statement audit with regard to security controls.

Tags: Technology , cybersecurity , VA Cyber Efforts in the Hot Seat

Thursday - 12/19/2013, 02:49pm EST

VA cyber saga continues as audit shows continued holes in network security

Documents obtained by Federal News Radio show VA's financial audit found material weaknesses, including the failure to remove terminated employees from accessing the network, and the lack of a formal process for monitoring, preventing installation and removing unauthorized application software on agency systems. House Veterans Affairs lawmakers continue to press VA to make changes to their cybersecurity posture more quickly. VA officials say they have a multi-layered defense to include outside network monitoring by external partners, active scanning of Web applications and source code, and protection of servers, workstations, network and gateways, among other security efforts.

Tags: Technology , cybersecurity , Stephen Warren , House Veterans Affairs Committee , Senate Veterans Affairs Committee , VA Cyber Efforts in the Hot Seat , veterans , information security , exclusive

Thursday - 12/19/2013, 05:24pm EST
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Lawmakers seek in-state tuition rates for veterans

Tags: House , benefits

Tuesday - 02/04/2014, 07:12am EST

Size of civilian federal workforce increases, but more feds eligible to retire

The departments of Defense, Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security account for 94 percent of the growth in the number of civilian employees within the federal workforce, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office.

Tags: GAO , workforce , DoD , DHS , retirement , pay and benefits , Michael OConnell

Thursday - 01/30/2014, 02:03pm EST
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