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11:41 am, March 31, 2015

Veterans Affairs News

5 steps for the government to regain trust

The way to better, more trustworthy government is through fixing broken systems and processes, and funding them adequately, says Federal News Radio's Tom Temin in a new commentary.

Tuesday - 03/31/2015, 07:15am EDT

Long-time Education CIO, VA acquisition execs retire

Jerry Williams at Education and Glenn Haggstrom at Veterans Affairs are both leaving their government positions. Federal News Radio's Jason Miller examines why in this week's Inside the Reporter's Notebook feature.

Monday - 03/30/2015, 04:40am EDT

Inside the Reporter's Notebook: OFPP procurement reform; IT oversight at DHS; longtime execs retire

In this week's edition of Inside the Reporter's Notebook, Executive Editor Jason Miller examines the unintended consequences of 1990s procurement reform and how OFPP plans to address them. Plus, multiple congressmen crack down on duplication issues at the Department of Homeland Security. Also in this edition, what's behind the retirement of a long-time CIO at Education and a procurement executive at Veterans Affairs?

Monday - 03/30/2015, 04:15am EDT
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Bill Welch, Partner, McMahon, Welch and Learned

When the Government Accountability Office rules in favor of a contract protest, it doesn't automatically mean the protester wins the contract. That happened in a recent case involving the Department of Veterans Affairs. Bill Welch, a partner at McMahon, Welch and Learned, tells In Depth with Francis Rose that's one of two important lessons federal agencies and contractors need to learn from this case.

Thursday - 03/26/2015, 05:35pm EDT
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VA unveils standardized disability claim and appeal forms

The Veterans Affairs Department is switching to a completely standardized system for collecting and processing disability claims.

Thursday - 03/26/2015, 03:55am EDT

How can the Virginia Department of Veterans Services help you?

John Newby, commissioner of the Virginia Department of Veterans Services, joins host Roger Waldron to discuss what his agency is doing to help returning veterans who are transitioning to the civilian work force.
March 24, 2015

Tuesday - 03/24/2015, 08:45pm EDT
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Agencies' hiring of veterans hits all-time high in 2014

Veterans accounted for one of every three federal civilian new hires last year, according to the President's Council on Veterans Employment.

Monday - 03/23/2015, 04:25pm EDT

VA disputes House lawmaker's claim of nation state attack

Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) said the Veterans Affairs Department fell victim to another breach by a nation state in September 2014, putting veterans' data at risk. But VA CIO Steph Warren said internal and external reviews found no evidence of a breach.

Thursday - 03/19/2015, 04:25pm EDT

VA watchdog defends actions in contracting report

Battle of the watchdogs: Treasury, VA inspectors general trade barbs over contracting report

Thursday - 03/19/2015, 03:08pm EDT

Obama nominates new leadership for VA

President Barack Obama nominated two people for key administration posts at the Veterans Affairs Department.

Thursday - 03/19/2015, 10:17am EDT

House vets chairman: VA impeding congressional oversight

The chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee on Monday accused the inspector general and other officials at the Department of Veterans Affairs of withholding reports from his panel, despite pledges to be transparent.

Monday - 03/16/2015, 10:37pm EDT

What happens when the Treasury IG disputes findings of a VA IG report?

The Treasury Department's inspector general reviewed a recent Veterans Affairs IG report and concluded the actions of a former VA acquisitions official "did not violate applicable law."

Monday - 03/16/2015, 05:37pm EDT

At Phoenix VA, Obama says more work to do for veterans

In first visit to Phoenix VA, Obama says still more work to fix veterans' health system

Monday - 03/16/2015, 11:22am EDT

David Sella, Program Manager, Warriors to Workforce, VA Acquisition Academy

Veterans Affairs' Warriors to Workforce program seems to work. It was one of the 124 programs recently honored by Harvard University's Ash Center with a Bright Ideas award. The VA program is designed to help wounded veterans transition into a new career. David Sella, the program manager of the Warriors to Workforce program, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the program.

Friday - 03/13/2015, 10:28am EDT
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John Palguta, Vice President for Policy, Partnership for Public Service

Ever since the Veterans Affairs scheduling scandal broke, Congress has been heckling the department to fire more people. Robespierre might have resorted to the guillotine to secure the French Revolution. But is simply rolling heads the best strategy for getting the performance you want from your staff? John Palguta is vice president for policy at the Partnership for Public Service. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with why firing is just one small piece of the performance puzzle.

Tuesday - 03/10/2015, 09:50am EDT
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Why BRAC is good news for VA, but bad news for DoD and the Postal Service

Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald seems to be closing the deal several secretaries of Defense and at least one postmaster general couldn't, says Federal News Radio's Francis Rose in a new commentary.

Tuesday - 03/10/2015, 02:07am EDT

VA calls for its own BRAC process to close outdated facilities

The Veterans Affairs Department says it is spending $24 million per year to maintain facility space it can't use. Some of the restrictions on closing them are political, some are local, so VA thinks it needs a BRAC of its own.

Friday - 03/06/2015, 04:32am EST
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Walking through the federal minefield

Jennifer Mattingley, director of government affairs with Shaw Bransford and Roth, will discuss the federal pay raise, changes to the retirees cost of living program and other issues affected feds, and Federal Times Senior Writer Andy Medici will talk about phased retirement and possible changes in defense per diem rates.
March 4, 2015

Wednesday - 03/04/2015, 06:45pm EST
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Andrew O'Brien, Special Rep. for Global Partnerships, State Dept.

The State Department hopes to tap into veterans' overseas experiences with a new program. The Veterans Innovation Partnership launched last month. The goal is to apply service members' skills to foreign policy and international affairs. Drew O'Brien is the Special Representative for Global Partnerships at the State Department. He joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to explain more about the program.

Tuesday - 03/03/2015, 10:34am EST
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Paul Gregory, Veterans Affairs Acquisition Academy

All morning we've been talking about acquisition, and how to improve and modernize it. Sometimes it's easy to forget that acquisitions aren't just for their own sake; they support programs. So good program management is part of the mix of success. Paul Gregory, the vice chancellor of the Program Management School at the Veterans Affairs Acquisition Academy, joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive from the ACT-IAC Acquisition Excellence Conference with more on that perspective.

Tuesday - 03/03/2015, 10:16am EST
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