Tag Archives: Veterans Affairs Department

VA Moving Electronic Health Records to DISA Data Centers

The Department of Veterans Affairs will move its electronic health records to data centers operated by the Defense Information Systems Agency, VA Chief Information Officer Roger Baker said according to NextGov. The move is scheduled for March and is expected to be completed in a little more than a year, …

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IBM Report Points to Data Analytics Role in Measuring Agency Performance

IBM’s public sector business analytics and optimization practice and the Partnership for Public Service recently released a report on the role of analytics in measuring agency performance. The report revealed that data collection is only the first step in turning facts and figures into usable information. “Without good measures, without good data to track …

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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 Deploys 100K Tablet Computers

The Veterans Affairs Department is currently planning to deploy about 100,000 tablet computers. The computer request comes from the VA in a call for technical help and is the largest deployment in government history. The department will deploy Apple iPads and tablets that run on the Android and Windows operating …

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VA Paid $2.2B in Benefits for New Agent Orange Claims

More than $2.2 billion in retroactive benefits has been paid to nearly 89,000 Vietnam War veterans and their survivors for claims relating to Agent Orange exposure, Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki said Wednesday. In Aug. 2010, VA added ischemic heart disease, hairy cell leukemia and other B-cell chronic leukemias and …

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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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President Announces Vet Workforce Initiatives

President Barack Obama announced Friday a series of administration initiatives to help veterans find jobs once they return to the U.S. AFPS reports the president proposed a series of tax credits for companies hiring veterans, including an increase to the existing tax credit for hiring disabled veterans. The Returning Heroes …

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Obama Signs Legislation Expanding Veterans’ Health Services

President Barack Obama on Wednesday signed legislation that will expand health services, including mental health and counseling services, to veterans who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Called the Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act, the new legislation also eliminates co-payments for veterans who are catastrophically disabled, increases housing …

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