Beyond its own doctors, nurses, technicians and support staff, the VA relies on a network of contractors to maintain operations.
The American Legion said it’s concerned by recent movement by the White House and other organizations to move the Veterans Affairs Department’s health care system in the direction of privatization.
The Veterans Employment initiative is stalling, and experts say it’s time to shift focus away from hiring toward efforts to boost distribution through more diverse agencies, and increase retention and engagement.
Some technology leaders at the Veterans Affairs Department think it might be time to take a step back and evaluate new innovations more dispassionately.
Rep. Tim Walz (D-Minn.) is advocating for an audit of the VA it’s important to make sure money and resources are being applied in the most effective manner.
Sen. Jon Tester said he’d like to see more proactivity from the VA, especially in recruitment and oversight.
Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) said he supports Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin’s moves to reform the department.
A just released report from the VA IG office finds six material weaknesses within the agency.
The Veterans Affairs Choice Program is still working to improve wait times at VA facilities and Congress remains deadlocked over a long-term funding for the program, but Rep. Phil Roe (R-Tenn.), head of the House committee that oversees VA, insists things are getting better.
VA Secretary Shulkin’s agenda for the upcoming year is full of initiatives across the department, from improving morale to implementing interoperability in health records to realigning infrastructure.
VA’s facilities planning processes leave it with millions of square feet of empty and decaying space.
Veterans groups want a 10 percent overall budget increase for VA, more staffing and updated facilities to meet today’s healthcare needs.