Agency News: Veterans Affairs

VA exec suspended; reason unclear

The department is preparing to name an interim director for its small-business advocacy office after VA suspended the office's executive director.

VA, GAO fight over system development process

The Veterans Affairs Department and Government Accountability Office are fighting over an IT development process omission that could have broader implications.

VA's IG criticizes some IT programs, claims major savings

While questioning some IT programs, VA Inspector General George Opfer said his office's efforts had resulted in $1.2 billion in savings, avoided costs and other monetary benefits.

Unencrypted thumb drive causes breach at VA

Two recent security incidents at the Veterans Affairs Department involved employees who didn't follow protocols despite receiving training to do so.

VA reports on social media, software development

The Veterans Affairs Department reports on its IT and social media programs and how well it met performance goals.

Agencies hiring more veterans, but progress is slow

Agencies are making progress in meeting the goals of an executive order issued by President Obama last November to encourage the hiring of vets into federal jobs.

VA blog opens dialogue with vets

The Veterans Affairs Department's new blog is edited by Brandon Friedman, who also is VA director of new media.

Army sets up central medical care site for wounded warriors

A new website is geared toward helping soldiers and veterans who need complex medical care to navigate all the available information on benefits and other resources.

DOD, VA consider more integration for EHR systems, VA official says

The Veterans Affairs Department and the Defense Department are seeking to modernize their patient health record systems.

FedScoop, health IT conferences commence

A pair of conferences in Washington get under way and feature government executives speaking about innovation and other IT-related issues.

VA losing ground on GI benefits automation program, IG says

The Veterans Affairs Department is moving to automate the processing of veterans' education benefits, but the program is still vulnerable to performance and cost problems, according to the VA's inspector general.

VA two years behind schedule on issuing secure ID cards, IG concludes

The Veterans Affairs Department is nearly two years behind schedule in implementing secure credentials for employees and contractors as required by Homeland Security Presidential Directive-12.

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