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Panetta, Shinseki Meet to Discuss Joint Veteran Programs

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki met Monday to discuss issues of common interest to both departments, according to the Defense Department. Shinseki said he shares a vision with Panetta to provide a seamless service experience for veterans over a lifetime. “Over the past three years, VA and DoD …

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VA’s Tech Budget Takes Hit; Shinseki Says IT Still ‘Key’

The Department of Veterans Affairs’ 2012 budget request for technology has taken a hit compared to the department’s request last year. VA is requesting $3.16 billion for IT for the coming fiscal year, which represents a decrease of about $3.3 billion from the 2011 budget request, VA Secretary Eric Shinseki …

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VA Sec. Shinseki Defends Expanding Agent Orange Benefits

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki defended an expansion of benefits under the 1991 Agent Orange law against a Senate panel with its eye on trimming the budget in congressional testimony Sept. 23. VA recently added heart disease, B-cell leukemia and Parkinson’s disease to a list of “presumptions” under the Agent …

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Nominee Bob McDonald to Bring Corporate Culture to VA as Secretary

Bob McDonald, former Procter & Gamble chief executive and presidential nominee to the post of Department of Veterans Affairs secretary, plans to establish corporate management practices at the agency if he is confirmed, Reuters reported Tuesday. David Lawder writes that McDonald intends to foster discipline and accountability and reorganize VA following recent …

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Sloan Gibson Named Acting Veterans Affairs Secretary

Sloan Gibson, deputy veterans affairs secretary for nearly three months, will take over leadership of the VA on an acting basis following the resignation of Secretary Eric Shinseki, President Barack Obama announced Friday morning. Gibson served as president and CEO of the United Services Organizations for five years prior to his …

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VA Offices Receive Digital Medical File Mgmt System

The U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs completed a $105 million project last week to provide an electronic database to 56 regional offices for storing, organizing and updating disability claims, Nextgov reported Monday. Bob Brewin writes the VA enlisted the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic in January to complete the …

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VA Trims Disability Claims Backlog by 74K; Bernie Sanders Comments

The Veterans Affairs Department has reduced the number of backlogged disability claims by 74,000 since it began the verification process in March, Nextgov.com reported Wednesday. Bob Brewin writes Thomas Murphy, director of VA’s compensation and pension service, told a Senate Veterans Affairs Committee hearing the automated veterans benefits management system …

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Pentagon, VA Keeping Own EHR Systems, Emphasizing Interoperability

The departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs are taking a new approach towards integrating their electronic health records systems, Nextgov reports. Katherine McIntire Peters writes the departments will acquire technologies aimed at making their systems more interoperable instead of building a brand new system as previously planned. Defense Secretary Leon …

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