Tag Archives: Veterans Affairs

VA to Cease Regional Operations, Furlough 7K Workers Amid Shutdown

The Veterans Affairs Department will temporarily close its regional offices and furlough 7,000 workers responsible for claims processing as the government shutdown continues, Military Times reported Monday. Rick Maze writes the VA will cease operations for the Veterans Benefits Administration, GI Bill call center, walk-ins and phone calls that beneficiaries …

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House Approves VA Spending Measure; John Boehner Comments

The House voted 259-157 Thursday to approve a measure that would provide funding for disability claims and GI Bill benefits programs run by the Department of Veterans Affairs, Military Times reported Thursday. Rick Maze writes the passage comes after the VA warned that it might not be able to pay …

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Executive Group Claims VA Bonuses Ban ‘Counter-Productive’

An organization representing top federal managers claims that proposed legislation to ban bonuses for senior executives at the Department of Veterans Affairs is “counter-productive,” GovExec reports Tuesday. Eric Katz writes the Senior Executives Association believes the ban could either drive VA executives to retire early, seek employment in the private sector …

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ExecutiveBiz Keeps Focus on GovCon Healthcare IT Movements

Executive Mosaic staffers cast their eye every day on the GovCon industry’s largest players by tracking the latest executive appointments and business activity that shapes the sector. One area our media team has seen increased activity in is healthcare IT, where agencies are increasingly looking to contractors for cutting-edge technology …

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Lawmakers Seek Quadrennial Veterans Affairs Plan

The House of Representatives is looking to formulate a four-year review on Veterans Affairs planning in order to identify the agency’s long-term program requirements, Stars and Stripes reported Wednesday. Leo Shane III writes the lawmakers intend to base the review on the Defense Department’s planning document designed to help the …

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VA Trims Disability Claims Backlog by 74K; Bernie Sanders Comments

The Veterans Affairs Department has reduced the number of backlogged disability claims by 74,000 since it began the verification process in March, Nextgov.com reported Wednesday. Bob Brewin writes Thomas Murphy, director of VA’s compensation and pension service, told a Senate Veterans Affairs Committee hearing the automated veterans benefits management system …

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Michael Coffman: 20M Veterans’ Records Hacked From Abroad

A House Veterans Affairs subcommittee chairman said 20 million veterans had their records compromised due to hacks originating in foreign nations, Gov Info Security reported Wednesday. Eric Chabrow writes Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Rep. Michael Coffman (R-Colo.) said during a Tuesday hearing the hackers encrypted the outgoing data and …

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Pentagon Wants Commercial Tech for VA EHR Data Transfer

The Defense Department will acquire commercial technology for its system to transfer data between the Pentagon and Department of Veterans Affairs‘ electronic health records systems, Federal News Radio reports. Michael O’Connell writes the Pentagon plans to hold a full and open competition for EHR modernization and will continue working with …

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