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10:43 am, May 6, 2015

Veterans Affairs News

VA nominee vows transformation of veterans heath care

Dr. David Shulkin led a turnaround of New York's Beth Israel Hospital as part of a long career in private sector hospital administration. He said running the Department of Veterans Affairs' health system would be a far greater challenge, but assured senators that his skills are transferrable to the public sector.

Wednesday - 05/06/2015, 04:27am EDT
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Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.), House Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies

The House passed the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs appropriations bill. But the vote was a lot closer than it usually is. The chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies oversees the release of that bill every year. Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.) is chairman of the subcommittee right now. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the spending level in the bill isn't a cut for the VA.

Tuesday - 05/05/2015, 04:14pm EDT
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House approves bill banning VA SES bonuses

An amendment to the Veterans Affairs appropriations bill would prohibit the agency from awarding performance bonuses to senior executives.

Monday - 05/04/2015, 10:22am EDT

Vince Kane, Veterans Affairs Department

Veterans Affairs wants to help put an end to veteran homelessness. The department is repurposing its West Los Angeles campus to serve particularly vulnerable veterans, such as women or severely disabled vets, who are also homeless. The campus redesign will help VA implement the White House policy that no veteran should live on the streets. Vince Kane, the director of the VA's National Homeless Center, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the plan.

Friday - 05/01/2015, 09:41am EDT
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Bills you should know about: Whistleblowers, bad apples and trolls

Congress has introduced lots of bills recently affecting federal agencies and employees. We summarize them for you here.

Thursday - 04/30/2015, 11:19am EDT

Mark Goldstein, Physical Infrastructure Issues Director, GAO

A multi-billion dollar construction portfolio at the Department of Veterans Affairs is suffering from schedule delays and cost overruns. Those issues are now a $1 billion headache for the VA. Mark Goldstein is director of Physical Infrastructure Issues at the Government Accountability Office. On In Depth with Francis Rose and guest co-host Karen Evans, he explained why he told the Senate Veterans' Affairs committee some of those problems are getting worse.

Monday - 04/27/2015, 04:13pm EDT
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VA pledges broad review of claims processing

VA pledges top-down review of claims processing amid mismanagement in Philadelphia

Sunday - 04/26/2015, 12:30pm EDT

VA chief calls House budget proposal 'inadequate'

A House subcommittee's plan to cut the budget for the Department of Veterans Affairs by more than $1.4 billion next year will "cause veterans to suffer," VA Secretary Robert McDonald said Tuesday.

Tuesday - 04/21/2015, 09:00pm EDT

House lawmakers alarmed by VA's overseas network access

On the heels of another Veterans Affairs Department inspector general report showing departmental cybersecurity practices falling short, House Veterans Affairs Committee lawmakers are pressing for more answers about just how secure the data of millions of veterans are in the agency's network.

Monday - 04/20/2015, 04:04am EDT

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.

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.

Thursday - 04/16/2015, 04:40am EDT
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VA employee says he was fired after warning of hospital cost

Veterans Affairs employee says he was fired after warning of cost overruns on Denver hospital

Wednesday - 04/15/2015, 06:02pm EDT

Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), Chairman, Veterans Affairs Committee

The Department of Veterans Affairs is asking Congress for more than a $1 billion more than its original budget for a hospital in Denver, Colorado. The House Veterans Affairs Committee looked at the problems with the hospital, and other construction project problems at the VA, at a hearing today with officials from VA. Sen. Johnny Isakson (D-Ga.) is the chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said he's about to start following the VA's construction problems very closely.

Wednesday - 04/15/2015, 04:10pm EDT
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Investigator: VA whistleblower cases remain 'overwhelming'

Investigator: VA whistleblower complaints continue to pour in, a year after scandal

Tuesday - 04/14/2015, 04:20am EDT

VA tells Congress it has plan to pay for Denver hospital

The Veterans Affairs Department told Congress it wants to tap a $5 billion fund for improving health care to finish the over-budget Denver VA hospital, Sen. Michael Bennet's office said Monday.

Monday - 04/13/2015, 09:00pm EDT

Worst VA health care wait times are in the South

VA makes little headway in effort to cut waits for care; facilities in South have worst stats

Monday - 04/13/2015, 04:04pm EDT

Ron Abrams, Joint Executive Director, National Veterans Legal Services Program

A number of veterans organization are suing the Veterans Affairs Department over a new rule regarding disability claims. The rule only went into effect a week ago, but the lawsuit claims it's eliminated most informal VA claims, and limits the types of claims VA can adjudicate. One change means that letters written into VA no longer count as claims; now everything has to be on a standardized form. Ron Abrams is a former VA staff member, and now the joint executive director of the National Veterans Legal Services Program. He joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more on the lawsuit and its ramifications.

Monday - 04/13/2015, 09:36am EDT
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Acquisition leaders on the move at VA, GSA

As much attention as the Veterans Affairs senior executive responsible for oversight of the debacle in Boulder, Colorado of the construction of a new hospital left, his replacement got strikingly little fanfare.

Monday - 04/13/2015, 04:53am EDT

VA makes little headway in fight to shorten waits for care

Despite reforms, VA makes little headway in fight to shorten waits for care

Thursday - 04/09/2015, 04:58pm EDT

Managing mobile devices at your agency

Matt Briddell, vice president of Health IT at LCG, Inc., joins host John Gilroy to talk about mobile device management in the federal government.
April 7, 2015

Tuesday - 04/07/2015, 07:31pm EDT
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