Agency News: Veterans Affairs

VA cancels remainder of $75 million research contract

The VA has canceled a major research contract on Gulf War illness with a medical center in Dallas, citing performance deficiencies and noncompliance.

VA wrongly tells vets they have a fatal disease

The VA mistakenly notified as many as 1,200 veterans that they have the fatal Lou Gehrig's disease, according to a veterans service group.

VA responds to IG reports of misconduct in IT office

The Veterans Affairs Department responds to the VA inspector general's findings of misconduct by people while working in the department's information technology office.

VA IG finds abuse of authority and ethical breaches in IT office

The Veterans Affairs' inspector general has found that people engaged in ethical violations while working for VA's information technology office.

VA tries new 'corporate' acquisition

The Veterans Affairs Department is struggling with a 26 percent vacancy rate in its acquisition staff, Deputy Secretary W. Scott Gould said today as he outlined a new "corporate" approach to the buying process.

GAO: VA, DOD said slow on sharing health data

The Veterans Affairs and Defense departments have made progress on health care data interoperability but still fall short in some areas, a new report says.

VA seeks contractors for paperless benefits system

The Veterans Affairs Department plans to award multiple contracts to develop its paperless benefits project.

Military health records project set to expand

A Defense Department pilot program designed for easy access to medical files could propel government and military recordkeeping into the 21st century, a CIO said.

Vets could get edge on no-bid contracts at VA

A new bill would require the Veterans Affairs Department to give priority to veteran-owned small businesses when outsourcing work with no competition.

VA puts a hold on 45 IT projects

VA officials halted 45 information technology projects with a budget of $200 million that are behind schedule or over budget.

GAO: Better management needed for e-health project

The Defense and Veterans Affairs departments are making progress on electronic health records interoperability, but the project's management needs to be improved, the Government Accountability Office said.

VA's Acquisition Academy gets excellence award

The academy's Internship School that trains the next generation of acquisition employees gets award for its approach to teaching.

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