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VA plans for 'doomsday' cyber scenario

With its networks and systems facing upwards of 1 billion attacks a month, the Veterans Affairs Department is bringing together cyber and mission owners to discuss its courses of action if the situation becomes worse. The agency also is looking to its digital services team to make across-the-board improvements to its online applications.

Tags: Technology , Cybersecurity , Steph Warren , Greg Ambrose , Dan Galick , Digital services , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 05/27/2015, 03:51am EDT
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House to VA employees: Your mess-ups will live forever

Under the Ensuring VA Accountability Act, reprimands and admonishments that VA employees receive for misconduct would remain part of their permanent record for as long as they work for the department.

Tags: Emily Kopp , service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses , veterans , accountability , House Veterans Affairs Committee , contracting

Thursday - 05/21/2015, 02:17pm EDT

Janet Kopenhaver, Washington Representative, FEW

A stack of bills that affects federal employees is under consideration in Congress. One would create new protections for military whistleblowers, and another would expedite the firing process at the Department of Veterans Affairs even more. Janet Kopenhaver is Washington representative of Federally Employed Women. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she analyzed how the bills could affect federal employees in the future.

Tags: Janet Kopenhaver , Federally Employed Women , whistleblower , In Depth

Thursday - 05/07/2015, 04:17pm EDT
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SEA calls on House lawmakers to further improve VA Accountability bill

Carol Bonosaro, president of the Senior Executives Association, explained her organization's concerns, saying Congress doesn't need to micromanage SES performance reviews at VA.

Tags: management , House Veterans Affairs Committee , Senior Executives Association , Senior Executive Service , Oversight , Carol Bonosaro , Jason Miller

Thursday - 04/16/2015, 04:35pm EDT

Congress deals with 'ultimate catch-22' on funding for VA's $1.7 billion Denver hospital

VA told Congress Wednesday that it wants to complete construction on its controversial hospital complex in Aurora, Colorado, by tapping into a fund that was supposed to cut down on patient wait times. Some members of Congress expressed frustration with the plan. "You've put us in the ultimate catch-22, because we don't want to go forward and we can't quit," Rep. David Roe told VA officials at yesterday's hearing.

Tags: VA , Congress , Acquisition , Sloan Gibson , Jeff Miller , House Veterans Affairs Committee , Jared Serbu , Denver , construction , buildings , Office of Construction and Facilities Management , Kiewit-Turner , Army Corps of Engineers

Thursday - 04/16/2015, 04:40am EDT
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After Denver hospital debacle, VA should leave building to the pros

Having the Army Corps of Engineers take over the Denver hospital project is no doubt an embarrassment to VA. But it's a great opportunity to ask tough questions about whether VA should even be in the construction business at all, Federal News Radio's Francis Rose says in a new commentary.

Tags: Francis Rose , commentary , Denver , buildings , construction , Office of Construction and Facilities Management , Kiewit-Turner , Public Buildings Service , Army Corps of Engineers

Tuesday - 04/07/2015, 03:33am EDT

Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Big changes to military health care are part of the recommendations to reshape military compensation. Last week, a blue-ribbon panel released its long-awaited report on modernizing the military compensation system. The report included those changes to health care. The recommendation to replace the current TRICARE system has gotten most of the attention, but the panel's commissioners also see a major opportunity to sync up DoD and the Department of Veterans' Affairs health care systems. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has the story.

Tags: In Depth , Jared Serbu , Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission , Health IT

Tuesday - 02/03/2015, 04:56pm EST
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Veterans Affairs Department's computers and networks get a clean bill of health from third-party experts. The analysis comes about a year and a half after the VA came under intense scrutiny at a House Veterans Affairs Committee hearing for having major cybersecurity vulnerabilities. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller tells In Depth with Francis Rose about the report and what it means for veterans' data.

Tags: Jason Miller , In Depth , Cybersecurity

Tuesday - 01/27/2015, 04:43pm EST
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

When the Department of Veterans Affairs started building a new state-of-the-art hospital in Denver, it was supposed to cost $600 billion and be finished by 2014. Today, it's less than half complete, the price tag has doubled and it's likely to go even higher. As Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports, the VA is turning to the Army Corps of Engineers to help avoid similar blunders in the future.

Tags: Jared Serbu , In Depth ,

Thursday - 01/22/2015, 04:30pm EST
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