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VA Inspector General Office Audits IT Contract Vehicle; Recommends Strengthened Policy

The Department of Veterans Affairs' Office of the Inspector General released results of an audit on VA's information technology procurement vehicle. VA OIG said Thursday that it sought to verify the department's compliance with federal regulations in managing the Transformation Twenty-One Total Technology Next Generation or T4NG contract. In addition, the audit worked to determine whether VA's Technology Acquisition Center helped contractors meet requirements and awarded orders with respect to policy.

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GAO: Feds Need New Guidance to Protect Online Applications

A new report by the Government Accountability Office calls for new guidance on implementing alternative methods for knowledge-based verification to better secure online applications for government benefits. 

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Feds Say ‘Small Wins’ in the Cloud Could Boost Adoption

Federal information technology officials said that agencies should promote small progress in their cloud initiatives to encourage larger adoption of the technology, Nextgov reported Thursday.  During the Amazon Web Services Public Sector Summit in Washington, panelists highlighted that confidence and trust would play a significant role in how agency leaders utilize the cloud. 

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VA, DoD Propose Program Office for Electronic Health Record Efforts; Lauren Thompson Quoted

The departments of Veterans Affairs and Defense plan to establish a dedicated program office to oversee decision-making on health record modernization efforts, Federal Times reported Wednesday. VA is working to develop an interoperable system for transitioning servicemen into the veteran community.

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VA Incorporating Customer Experience Principles Into CFR’s Core Values Section

The Department of Veterans Affairs is set to add a set of customer experience principles to the core values and characteristics section of its Code of Federal Regulations, Nextgov reported Friday. “Maintaining a sustained organizational commitment to, and institutionalized focus on, the voice of the customer is a critical component of modernizing VA to meet the needs and expectations of veterans, their families, caregivers and survivors,” according to the final rule scheduled for publication on Federal Register Monday.

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VA Boosts Efforts to Implement Forever GI Bill

The Department of Veterans Affairs said that it's on track to meet the new deadline to implement the Forever GI Bill to expand education benefits for veterans, service members and their families, Federal News Network reported Wednesday. Initially, VA intended to begin processing education as well as housing benefits under the law in August. However, the agency adjusted the schedule to Dec. 1, 2019 to secure contracting support and resources.

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VA, Virta Health Form Diabetes Treatment Partnership

The Department of Veterans Affairs is teaming with Virta Health, a San Francisco-based healthcare company, to manage the condition of patients and offer non-invasive treatments with type 2 diabetes. The partnership will allow 400 veterans to join the Virta Treatment program, to assist patients in maintaining glycemic control without the need for medicines, VA said Monday. The agency added that the treatment will be provided for free at a span of 12 months.

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White House Announces Gears of Government President’s Award Winners

The White House announced on Monday that the recipients of the Gears of Government President’s Award, which seeks to acknowledge the contributions of federal employees and teams who help improve the lives of U.S. citizens. “These awards recognize not just the front-line mission employees, but also those teams and individuals that are strengthening our country to be a more modern, effective government to better serve their fellow citizens,” Margaret Weichert, deputy director for management at the Office of management and Budget, said in a statement published Monday.

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VA Deploys Open-Source App to Streamline Agency Operations

Employees from the Department of Veterans Affairs developed concepts for platforms that help streamline agency operations through the open-source Light Electronic Action Framework web application, FCW reported Friday. A panel of judges selected pitches from VA health centers in South Carolina, Tennessee and Florida as winners in the business management, employee onboarding and scheduling topic areas as part of this year's LEAF conference in Virginia. 

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VA Continues Efforts to Implement Mission Act; Robert Wilkie Quoted

The Department of Veterans Affairs is working to augment its health care system with new implementations as part of the Maintaining Internal Systems and Strengthening Integrated Outside Networks or MISSION act. The legislation, passed in 2018, intends to streamline the delivery of health care services and help veterans access more care options that suit their needs, VA said Monday.

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