Agency News: Veterans Affairs

VA contracting officers may face penalty for poor recordkeeping

A senior Veterans Affairs Department official plans to propose a penalty for contracting officers if they don't file contracting information into the VA's database.

Costs jumped on VA's Wi-Fi contract, IG says

The Veterans Affairs Department rushed through procuring Wi-Fi at 236 VA facilities, according to a new report from the Office of Inspector General.

VA would keep 97 percent of employees working during shutdown

The Veterans Affairs Department released a contingency plan and field guide today describing what steps will be taken in the event of a government shutdown.

VA CIO erred in firing Martinez, judge rules

An administrative judge has reversed a decision by Veterans Affairs Department CIO Roger Baker that removed a VA deputy assistant secretary from her job.

VA, DOD agree on joint platform for e-health records, Shinseki says

The Veterans Affairs and Defense departments have come to an agreement on creating a joint platform for their electronic medical record systems, VA Secretary Eric Shinseki told a Senate subcommittee today.

Wounded warriors' care impeded by incompatible systems

The Veterans Affairs and Defense departments set up a special program in 2007 to coordinate care after the negative publicity about gaps in care at Walter Reed. But there are still gaps because of their information systems, according to a new report.

State lawmakers oppose open source for VA health records

Five Wisconsin lawmakers are urging the VA and Defense Department to consider the benefits of a single vendor for an electronic health record system, according to a Nextgov report.

VA attacked for poor use of Facebook, other social media

Veterans Affairs Department officials are confronting criticism that they are not doing enough to reach veterans on Facebook and social networks.

Recharging the CIO

As the Obama administration looks for more from CIOs, experts discuss the authorities and skills CIOs must have to be successful.

VA improving IT performance, CIO says

After two years, CIO Roger Baker says he's seeing improvements in VA's troubled IT operations.

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