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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.

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Thursday - 01/22/2015, 04:30pm EST
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Phoenix VA director loses her job, but not for the reasons you think

Sharon Helman loses her job because she accepted and failed to report illegal gifts, not because she led the health care facility at the heart of the nationwide scandal over patient care.

Tags: Sharon Helman , SES , MSPB , Emily Kopp

Wednesday - 12/24/2014, 12:29pm EST

Thousands of veterans' calls for help go to voicemail

The Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General identified a total of 40,500 missed opportunities for the call center to refer veterans to appropriate care and services.

Tags: veterans , homelessness , Baylee Crone , Shefali Kapadia

Wednesday - 12/17/2014, 11:54am EST

Special Counsel names VA whistleblowers Public Servants of the Year

Before receiving their Public Servant of the Year awards, each whistleblower told stories of outrage and frustration, scattered with doses of faith and black humor.

Tags: Charles Sherwood , Phyllis Hollenbeck , Katherine M , Office of Special Counsel , whistleblower

Wednesday - 12/03/2014, 03:23pm EST

OMB to seed digital services teams across government

The U.S. Digital Service team is working with VA and other agencies to hire and train employees to apply the agile development approach to projects. Mikey Dickerson, USDS director, said the goal is two-fold: to create lasting agile development capacity in agencies and to ensure agencies think about citizens' needs first and foremost.

Tags: technology , workforce , OMB , Lisa Schlosser , Mikey Dickerson , digital services , Agile development , training , hiring , CIO Council , GSA , 18F , Jason Miller , exclusive

Tuesday - 11/25/2014, 06:06pm EST
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Legion sees hurdles amid the progress at VA

Six month after the American Legion led the call for then-Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki's resignation, Executive Director Verna Jones says she has no regrets. "We got it right," she said. "Because of that change, things are happening." Fewer veterans are waiting weeks for appointments, but Jones sees much that needs improvement at the VA.

Tags: American Legion , Verna Jones , veterans , Emily Kopp

Friday - 11/07/2014, 04:05pm EST
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Rep. Coffman calls on VA to take swift action against Susan Taylor

The chairman of the Veterans Affairs subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations wrote a letter to Veterans Affairs Department Secretary Bob McDonald wanting more details on the actions it will take in light of the inspector general report involving the deputy chief procurement officer at the Veterans Health Administration and FedBid.

Tags: oversight , Congress , Mike Coffman , Bob McDonald , FedBid , Susan Taylor , acquisition , Jason Miller

Tuesday - 09/30/2014, 06:34pm EDT

Bauman, Spungen work to improve paralyzed veterans' quality of life

Dr. William Bauman and Ann Spungen of the Veterans Affairs Department have been working as a team to improve the quality of life of paralyzed veterans for nearly 25 years.

Tags: Bill Bauman , Ann Spungen , Sammies , Service to America Medals , In Depth

Thursday - 09/18/2014, 03:28pm EDT
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