LaVerne H. Council, assistant secretary for information and technology and chief information officer at the Veterans Affairs Department, talks to the Women of Washington.
Susan Tsui Grundmann, chairwoman of the Merit Systems Protection Board, talks to Federal Drive with Tom Temin about how new legislation requiring greater accountability from Veterans Affairs managers affects the MSPB.
When Congress voted to restrict appeal rights of Veterans Affairs Department managers, it never counted on what might happen. Namely, that the Merit Systems Protection Board would follow the law to the letter. That’s why a series of reversals have hit VA’s senior leadership when it tried to fire people for performance. Lynn Bernabei, a partner at the law firm Bernabei and Cabot, which specializes in employee grievance cases, says VA has become a battleground between MSPB and Congress. She joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more details.
Greg Giddens, the director of the Office of Acquisition, Logistics and Construction at the Veterans Affairs Department, is pushing five main acquisition principles that he says will put the VA in the right direction.
The Office of Special Counsel says it’s been a “victim of its own success” in fiscal 2015, thanks to more VA whistleblowers coming forward.
Greg Garcia is taking over as the new chief information officer at the Army Corps of Engineers. He is one of several new CIOs agencies named over the last month.
The President’s picks for VA inspector general and special counsel at the Office of Special Counsel told lawmakers on Tuesday that they would work to provide protection for whistleblowers and transparency when dealing with congressional oversight and reform.
In Tuesday’s federal headlines, a new report from the Government Accountability Office says the Department of Defense is falling behind on the plan to shrink its civilian workforce
Ron Walters, interim Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs, VA
He’s spent decades in federal service, on both the financial management and program sides. Now Ron Walters of the Veterans Affairs Department has been named a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. The Acting Principal Deputy Undersecretary of Veterans Affairs now is overseeing the department’s memorial and cemetery activities. He fills in Federal Drive with Tom Temin on the latest.
A bill recently passed by the Senate aims to make agency management more accountable for programs that run over budget and behind schedule.
Given the VA’s past performance, the House Veterans Affairs Committee said it’s worried about the implementation, timeline and budget for the new Veterans Choice Program. The VA said it will tap into the expertise of private medical providers to help meet the growing demand for veterans health care.
Think health IT and what comes to mind? Doctors pulling up your health record at a visit? You, downloading your medical information? Probably with the Blue Button — a federal invention? Nearly all hospitals and doctors’ offices use health technology in some fashion thanks largely to a big push from the federal government. Dr. Jon White is deputy national coordinator for health IT, the office charged with taking the initiative to the next level. On Federal Drive with Tom Temin, he spoke with Federal News Radio’s Emily Kopp.
As agencies with crucial missions stumble out of mistakes, don’t forget to celebrate the small victories.
The nominee for the Office of Inspector General for Veterans Affairs is set to appear Nov. 17 before a Senate committee to answer questions and talk about the oversight role.