Tag Archives: Veterans Affairs

GAO: IT Progress Stalled In VA-DoD Healthcare Project

The Government Accountability Office recently audited the departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs’ progress in integrating their healthcare facilities, Fierce Government IT reports. The Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center, located in North Chicago, Ill., is the VA’s first attempt at the integration process. GAO auditors found 11 …

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VHA Begins Mental Health Staff Rural Recruitment Program

The Veterans Health Administration has launched a national recruitment program for mental health professionals, VA Secretary Eric Shinseki announced Monday. An estimated 1,600 mental health clinicians and 300 support staffers will join the VA’s workforce to combat the rising need for Veteran mental health care. Currently, the VA’s mental health …

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NC Sen. Burr Proposes Vet Health Care Reform Bill

Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) is proposing the Veterans Health Administration reduce its number of regional medical administrative offices as part of a larger effort to streamline healthcare for veterans, Military Times reports. Burr told writer Patricia Kime these offices divert money largely towards overhead and other costs unrelated to healthcare. …

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House Panel Seeking To Give Roger Baker’s Office More Funds

The House Appropriations Committee has proposed a budget authorizing a 6.5 percent increase in the information technology budget for the Department of Veterans Affairs, reports Alice Lipowicz for Federal Computer Week. The bill proposes a $3.3 billion budget for VA’s IT systems, a $200 million raise for VA CIO Roger …

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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 Continues to Focus on Veteran Health Service Offerings

The Department of Veterans Affairs will continue focusing on veteran homelessness, claims backlogs and access to care, VA CIO Roger Baker said Tuesday. GCN reports Baker made the announcement during AFCEA Belvoir Industry Day. Baker said the VA has prepared projects focusing on streamlining online recordkeeping, telehealth and Web-based applications …

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Breakdown of Agencies, Contract Spending for FY 2012

Some agency budgets were dealt cuts while others received increases in the fiscal year 2012 spending deal struck last week. In the mix of ups and downs, contractors came away with more certainty. In Monday’s Capital Business, Kevin Plexico, vice president of federal information solutions for research firm Deltek, outlined the allocated …

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Military Health IT Getting $1.4B, With a Catch

Among the many areas fully funded in the omnibus spending package is the Military Health System‘s information technology systems, with $1.4 billion allotted for fiscal year 2012. At the same time, the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal 2012 limits the Pentagon’s power to spend that money. The Act restricts …

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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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