Cybersecurity

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.

Filmmakers win over feds’ hearts

A film project strives to illuminate the hard work done by federal agencies.

Workforce

IT workarounds complicate DOD and VA health center effort

The DOD and VA are having difficulty meeting IT goals in a joint healthcare facility.

Cybersecurity

Top VA official recognized for excellence in leadership

Winners of the AFFIRM Leadership Awards feted at Capital Hilton.

Workforce

VA employees to protest position downgrades

VA employees said they've been targeted by unfounded position downgrades and now plan to vent their grievances in upcoming rally.

Acquisition

VA failed to set aside work for vets, GAO finds

A bid protest charged that VA officials didn’t comply with the law and regulations when awarding an emergency notification services contract.

Cybersecurity

VA may have bent the rules for iPads, iPhones

The Veterans Affairs Department approved iPhones and iPads for its network last year while partially avoiding a particular FISMA requirement, according to a new audit.

VA DOD joint record to be deployed from 2014 to 2017

Even after the Veterans Affairs-Defense new joint integrated health record system begins rolling out in 2014, many functionalities will still need to be migrated to the new system, according to a senior VA official.

VA official leaves amid scandal

Inspector general report uncovers rash of contract problems at Veterans Affairs Department.

VA and DOD pick common medical vocabulary for electronic records

THe Veterans Affairs and Defense departments are adopting a common vocabulary and structured data system for medical terms for their upcoming joint digital record system.

People

Head of VA Acquisition Academy to step down

Lisa Doyle plans a big career change after more than 20 years in federal acquisition.

VA IT budget to get a boost in House spending bill

The Veterans Affairs Department's information technology budget gets a hefty raise next year under a proposal released by the House Appropriations Committee.

People

Federal agency CIOs squeeze savings from IT spending

CIO shares successful savings strategies.

Workforce

Warriors to Workforce program gives vets a second chance

The VA Acquisition Academy's Lisa Doyle created the Warriors to Workforce program to train wounded veterans to become acquisition professionals.

Acquisition

VA resumes reverse auctions, but questions linger

Updated guidelines on reverse auctions require contracting officers to show how they benefit the agency's bottom line.

Acquisition

VA official explains decision to halt reverse auctions

Jan Frye says reverse auctions seem to have allowed contracting officers to take a lax approach to their work.

VA takes next steps on digital health record system

The Veterans Affairs Department has awarded a new contract for development of a joint platform for an electronic health record system with the Defense Department.

Technology speeds VA effort to cut claims backlog

A Veterans Benefits Administration official testified to a House committee that the agency is on the right track toward meetings its goal of eliminating the claims backlog.

Acquisition

VA pushes relationship repair with industry suppliers

The Veterans Affairs Department is leading the charge to improve procurement through better communication with industry.

IT Modernization

OMB ups the ante on improper payments

Agencies are asked to plan ahead to implement "Do Not Pay" tool into existing operations.

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