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Vet-Owned Small Firms Received 20% Of VA FY 2011 Contracts

The Department of Veterans Affairs awarded 20 percent of its contract dollars to veteran-owned small businesses in fiscal year 2011, exceeding the department goal set by VA Secretary Eric Shinseki. According to a VA release, Shinseki set a goal of 12 percent for veteran-owned small businesses. The Small Business Administration …

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Eric Shinseki Says Returning Vet Numbers Behind VA Mental Staff Increase

The Department of Veterans Affairs will add an estimated 1,600 mental health clinicians. Psychiatrists, nurses, social workers and nearly 300 additional support staff will join the VA’s current 20,590-strong mental health workforce. VA Secretary Eric Shinseki said the increasing numbers of returning veterans from Afghanistan and Iraq place more responsibility …

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VA Changes Rules on Patient Info Sharing with Pentagon

The Department of Veterans Affairs is amending a department rule to remove a restriction on sharing of information about treatment for certain types of medical conditions with the Defense Department. The VA says the rule change will make it easier for the VA and Pentagon to exchange information on treatments …

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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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