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VA undersecretary Petzel resigns in wake of health scandal

One day after Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki testified before the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee about allegations of mismanagement at some VA health facilities, Dr. Robert Petzel stepped down as VA's undersecretary for health. Earlier in the month, the White House tapped Dr. Jeffrey Murawsky to be Petzel's replacement.

Tags: Robert Petzel , Eric Shinseki , VA , Congress , Jeffrey Murawsky , people , Michael OConnell

Friday - 05/16/2014, 02:57pm EDT

Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki says he's angry and saddened. But, he told Congress yesterday he has no plans to resign over reports that delayed medical care may have led to the deaths of dozens of veterans. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports. Read Jared's related article.

Tags: Jared Serbu , Eric Shinseki , veterans

Friday - 05/16/2014, 10:35am EDT
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Kathy Frisbee, Veterans Health Administration

Veterans Affairs officials want veterans to be able to access their services on mobile devices. They also want to boost employee productivity with mobility. But developing business-grade apps is no simple matter. Kathy Frisbee, co-director of Connected Health in VA's Office of Informatics and Analytics, has developed a rigorous app methodology that any agency could use. She joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss the first fleet of apps the agency has developed.

Tags: Kathy Frisbee , mobile apps , mobility , technology , Federal Drive

Friday - 05/16/2014, 02:52pm EDT
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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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