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9:58 pm, November 28, 2014

Veterans Affairs News

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.

Tuesday - 11/25/2014, 06:06pm EST
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VA fires troubled Phoenix hospital director

VA fires head of troubled Phoenix vets hospital amid nationwide scandal, agency overhaul

Tuesday - 11/25/2014, 12:06pm EST

The VA fails another cybersecurity audit

The Veterans Affairs Department failed its 16th cybersecurity audit in a row, so it still can't properly protect the private health data of veterans. The VA Inspector General sees about 6,000 cyber weaknesses in the agency's IT networks, and says it falls short of complying with the Federal Information Security Management Act.

Tuesday - 11/25/2014, 11:56am EST

Americans give USPS high ratings in new poll

In a recent Gallup poll, the American public overwhelmingly rated the U.S. Postal Service as the agency doing the best job, despite a recent cyber attack and budget deficits.

Monday - 11/24/2014, 12:20pm EST

VA to spend up to $690 million on new patient scheduling system

The Department of Veterans Affairs released a request for proposals on Wednesday to build a new patient scheduling system - an endeavor that could cost up to $690 million over seven years.

Monday - 11/24/2014, 04:02am EST

Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook: VA's new scheduling system, bad financial decisions, and confiscating mobile phones

"Inside the DoD's Reporter's Notebook" is a biweekly feature focused on news about the Defense Department and defense community, as gathered by Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu. Submit your ideas, suggestions and news tips to Jared via email.

Monday - 11/24/2014, 03:51am EST

Agencies delivering IT capabilities 20 days faster by using agile, OMB says

The Office of Management and Budget says PortfolioStat data is proving the positive impact agile development is having on IT projects. The U.S. Digital Service is providing both help and training to expand the understanding and use of agile development.

Friday - 11/21/2014, 04:23am EST
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Emily Kopp, Reporter, Federal News Radio

The first case of a fired Senior Executive Service member at the Department of Veterans Affairs has a decision from the Merit Systems Protection Board. Federal News Radio's Emily Kopp tells In Depth with Francis Rose that SESer isn't an SESer any more.

Thursday - 11/20/2014, 04:19pm EST
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Merit Board upholds senior exec's firing in VA scandal

The Merit Systems Protection Board has affirmed the Veterans Affairs Department's decision to ax James Talton, one of the first senior executives targeted under a new law that speeds up the removal process. Talton headed the Central Alabama Veterans Administration Healthcare System.

Thursday - 11/20/2014, 11:45am EST

VA to spend $60 million more on cyber after auditors' continued concerns

Steph Warren, VA's CIO, said he moved money out of projects and into cybersecurity to ensure the agency gets rid of as many material weaknesses as they can. The decision to move money comes as Congress turns back up the heat on VA to correct long-standing and systemic cyber shortcomings.

Tuesday - 11/18/2014, 12:56pm EST

John Palguta, Vice President for Policy, Partnership for Public Service

The Veterans Affairs Department finally fired Terry Gerigk Wolf last week. The former director of the Pittsburgh VA center had been on paid leave since June following a review of a Legionnaire's disease outbreak that claimed the lives of six patients there. Wolf is the fourth senior executive to be removed under the Veterans' Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act of 2014. John Palguta is vice president for policy at the Partnership for Public Service. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss what that firing means for the future of due process protections for federal employees.

Tuesday - 11/18/2014, 09:55am EST
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James Tuchschmidt, Veterans Affairs Department

The Veterans Affairs Department has reduced wait times for tens of thousands of veterans seeking health care. Part of the progress comes from the congressionally-mandated Veterans Choice program. It requires the VA to issue choice cards to vets so they can seek medical care from private providers with VA footing the bill. VA issued the first batch of cards this month. James Tuchschmidt, acting principal deputy undersecretary for health at the VA, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the rollout and the program.

Tuesday - 11/18/2014, 09:30am EST
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VA's two-step toward a new patient scheduling system

VA will release by Nov. 21 a request for proposals for a new commercial scheduling system and integration services for that scheduling software with its VISTA health IT system.

Monday - 11/17/2014, 04:15am EST

VA fails cybersecurity audit for 16th straight year

The Veterans Affairs Department will not receive the final results for its 2014 FISMA audit until next spring, but auditors already have informed IT officials that they've identified material weaknesses for the 16th year in a row. Department IT officials say progress on closing IG recommendations and securing their systems and data is real.

Monday - 11/17/2014, 03:46am EST
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VA fires Pittsburgh hospital network's director

Thursday - 11/13/2014, 03:10pm EST

Kim Hayes, CEO and Co-Founder, Ambit Group

The reorganization at the Veterans Affairs Department is a rebranding effort in many ways. VA Secretary Bob McDonald will hire a chief customer service officer to try to reverse an image of poor quality care for its customers. Kim Hayes, CEO and co-founder of Ambit Group, is also a finalist for Executive of Year at the 2014 GovCon awards. She tells In Depth with Francis Rose about Ambit Group's data-centric approach to agency reorganization.

Thursday - 11/13/2014, 02:14pm EST
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Roger Waldron, President, Coalition for Government Procurement

A scholarship for veterans who want to be your agency's next acquisition leaders is now available. The Coalition for Government Procurement unveils it in its 35th anniversary celebration. Roger Waldron, president of the coalition, told In Depth with Francis Rose about the celebration.

Thursday - 11/13/2014, 02:10pm EST
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VA chief vows renewed focus on customer service

VA Secretary McDonald says "MyVA" initiative intended to refocus agency on customer service

Thursday - 11/13/2014, 12:30pm EST

VA and the office of redundancy office

Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald is making news with his plans to reorganize the Department of Veterans Affairs. Jeff Neal, senior vice president for ICF International, says the Secretary's moves are a good start because VA, like most large agencies, has its fair share of redundant organizations.

Thursday - 11/13/2014, 02:51am EST

Bob Tobias, Professor, Key Executive Leadership Programs

The largest reorganization in Veterans Affairs Department history won't look like most re-orgs you've seen before. That's according to Bob Tobias -- he's professor of Key Executive Leadership Programs at American University. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the organizational chart at the VA won't see the changes most other agencies do.

Wednesday - 11/12/2014, 04:27pm EST
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