Agencies take action as GAO knocks strategic sourcing effort

After an audit found that agencies have made very little use of strategic sourcing, DOD and other agencies point to some reforms, pledge to make more.

VA cracks down on conference spending

The Veterans Administration has set new rules intended to prevent a repeat of the conference spending probe that culminated in its top human resources officer's resignation.

VA official resigns in conference-spending scandal

A top VA official has resigned and others have been put on an administrative leave in the course of an inspector general probe into spending on training conferences.

After VA, Maurice Stewart joins the Ambit Group

Stewart led Veterans Affairs Department efforts to improved communications and transform its relationship with suppliers.

Conference costs draw congressional ire

GSA's conference scandal was just the start. Now a dozen agencies are being asked to defend their spending on conferences.

VA to direct more money to service-disabled vets

VA officials intend to boost their contract awards to veterans.

More VA spending goes under investigation

The House Veterans' Affairs Committee interest doesn't stop in Orlando.

VA's 'Patton' parody finds defenders

Not everyone agrees that VA's $52K training film was bad use of taxpayer funds.

VA spent $52,000 for 'Patton'-inspired training film

A House panel begins to detail excessive spending connected to VA training conferences, including production of a video in which an actor parodied a scene from the cinema classic.

Senator not done questioning VA on conference costs

Follow-up questions on VA's conference costs include a basic one: Just how much did VA spend?

VA CIO charts progress on clearing claims backlog

VA deploys latest version of paperless claims processing system, another step on the road to eliminating a longstanding backlog.

Plain English, please

Plain language is the key to successful communication, but avoiding jargon and complex language remains a challenge for many agencies.

VA under investigation for excessive spending

VA comes under congressional, IG scrutiny for possible spending abuses connected to training conferences.

Should VA's company database go governmentwide?

VA has a database of verified companies owned by veterans. Other agencies could take advantage of that resource, GAO says.

10 ways to make agile development work for you

GAO has identified 32 best practices for agencies to implement and manage agile software development. We showcase 10 of the best and point you to the rest.

Romney promises VA revamp

The presumptive Republican nominee for president has made reform of the Department of Veterans Affairs part of his campaign.

VA fails to communicate clearly; who gets a better grade?

A new report finds few agencies have made progress in meeting the requirements of the 2010 Plain Writing Act.