Tag Archives: VA

Obama Promises Vet Support in Speech

President Barack Obama vowed Tuesday to not shoulder the burden of meeting the nation’s fiscal challenges onto veterans. AFPS reports Obama made the remarks during a speech at the American Legion National Convention in Minneapolis. The Veterans Affairs Department has received budget increases since Obama took office in Jan. 2009. …

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VA Announces GI Bill Changes

Changes to the Post 9/11 GI Bill in October will allow eligible veterans to pay more for education and training programs, a Veterans Affairs Department official said Thursday. Keith Wilson, VA’s director of education service, said programs not leading to college degrees are now eligible. AFPS reports flight programs, correspondence …

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VA Quizzed over Vet-Owned Small Business Contract Fraud

The Department of Veterans Affairs faced tough questions Thursday from a House subcommittee after an internal audit found nearly 1,400 contracts intended for veteran-owned businesses were awarded to ineligible companies. Federal Times reports the contracts are supposed to be set aside for veteran-owned small businesses and service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses. …

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VA Contracts Went to Ineligible Businesses, Audit Finds

The Department of Veterans Affairs awarded over a half billion dollars to companies that did not meet eligibility requirements for veteran-owned small businesses, a VA inspector general report says. Army Times reports a VA spot check found that 76 percent of businesses did not meet eligibility requirements and at least …

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VA CIO Touts Benefits of Centralized Budget Authority

As the federal government reforms IT acquisition, one of the main provisions has been beefing up the authority of agency chief information officers. CIO of the Department of Veterans Affairs Roger Baker has been an exemplar of the kind of agency-level CIO the administration wants to see more of. Spurred …

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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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