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VA hacks away at claims backlog, increases accuracy

Allison Hickey, VA's undersecretary for benefits, said VBMS has transformed the agency from a paper system to one that mostly relies on electronic data. Some lawmakers express concern about the way the agency is measuring how it reduces the number of veterans waiting for benefits.

Tags: technology , management , Allison Hickey , Richard Burr , Mike Michaud , House Veterans Affairs Committee , Senate Veterans Affairs Committee , VBMS , claims backlog , ACT-IAC , Management of Change , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 05/28/2014, 04:49am EDT
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House Veterans Committee adds latest VA cyber breach to ongoing investigations

Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.) wants answers from the Veterans Affairs Department after its latest privacy and cyber breach of the data of more than 5,000 veterans through its eBenefits portal. VA says it has fixed the software defect and its Data Breach Core Team is investigating what happened.

Tags: technology , Congress , Jeff Miller , House Veterans Affairs Committee , Eric Shinseki , cybersecurity , data breach , eBenefits portal , VA Cyber Efforts in the Hot Seat , Jason Miller

Monday - 01/27/2014, 03:57am EST

House chairman renews criticism of VA bonuses

Rep. Jeff Miller, chairman of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, said that giving the government's top award for its senior professionals to VA regional director Michael Moreland showed there was no limit to the "VA's tone deafness."

Tags: Jeff Miller , House , House Committee on Veterans Affairs , Carol Bonosaro , Senior Executives Assocation

Thursday - 05/02/2013, 07:50pm EDT

VA allows burial of first same-sex spouse in national cemetery

The government has cleared the first burial of a same-sex spouse of a veteran in a national cemetery, but it's far from certain how easy it will be for other gay military couples to win the same benefit.

Tags: Eric Shinseki , National Cemetery Association , gay rights

Saturday - 02/16/2013, 05:30am EST

Veterans' gun rights sticky issue in defense bill

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) sought to amend the bill to stop the Veterans Affairs Department from putting the names of veterans deemed too mentally incompetent to handle their finances into the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, which prohibits them from buying or owning firearms.

Tags: Senate , Tom Coburn , NRA , Charles Schumer

Monday - 12/03/2012, 03:32am EST

GOP lawmaker questions spending at VA conferences

A Republican lawmaker is raising questions about spending at training conferences held in Florida last year by the Veterans Affairs Department that have prompted an internal investigation at the agency.

Tags: Jeff Miller , House Veterans Affairs Committee , Congress , House , Joshua Taylor , inspector general , oversight , Eric Shinseki

Monday - 08/13/2012, 09:47pm EDT

Federal Drive interviews - May 8, 2012

Dr. Sonja Batten, deputy chief for specialty mental health, Veterans Affairs Department, discusses the VA's plans to hire 2,000 mental health professionals and support staff. Rep. James Lankford (R-Okla.) talks about two bills aimed at reducing the number of duplicative government programs.

Tags: Federal Drive , James Lankford , Congress , House , Joe Petrillo , Petrillo and Powell , FAR , Julian Sanchez , Cato Institute , Sonja Batten

Tuesday - 05/08/2012, 09:53am EDT

VA tests meditation as PTSD treatment

The Department of Veterans Affairs is testing the effects of transcendental meditation on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Tags: DoD , DoD Report , PTSD , Federal Drive

Monday - 05/07/2012, 09:17am EDT

On the show today - April 11

On the In Depth show blog, you can listen to the interviews, find more information about the guests on the show each day and links to additional resources.

Tags: In Depth , Francis Rose , Parham Eftekhari , Roger Baker , James Tsugawa , Merit Systems Protection Board , Government Technology Research Alliance ,

Wednesday - 04/11/2012, 06:16pm EDT
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