Veterans Affairs

  • Depriving feds of rights is barking up the wrong tree

    The House of Representatives passed a bill last week making it much easier to fire employees at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Former DHS HR exec Jeff Neal says we will not see a big increase in the number of fired employees, but those who are fired will have far fewer legal rights than they do today.

  • Escaping the bad news rat race

    It’s sad to say, but bad news is often good news for the media. That’s a shame, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey, because so much good news about the federal government never gets reported.

  • Senate passes bill to avert VA budget shortfall

    The Senate passed a piece of legislation Wednesday that will help the Veterans Affairs Department avoid a budget shortfall that could impact the care some veterans receive.

  • House passes bill to make it easier to fire VA employees, despite veto threat

    The House passed the VA Accountability Act of 2015, which would give the Veterans Affairs Department the power to remove or demote a VA employee based on misconduct or performance.

  • House passes Secret Service training, VA COLA bills

    The House has a number of bills on its calendar this week that, if enacted, could have significant impacts on federal employees and their dependents.

  • High court to hear dispute over gov’t contracts to veterans

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court will decide whether the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is complying with a law designed to increase the number of federal contracts awarded to small businesses owned by disabled…

  • No short-term fix to VA scandal, says committee chairman

    Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.), chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs says problems engulfing the Department of Veterans Affairs will outlive his tenure, but laying the groundwork for change is a job he’s looking to take on with Secretary Bob McDonald.

  • Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.), Chairman, House Veterans Affairs Committee

    The Department of Veterans Affairs is proposing a plan to pay for the hospital project in Denver that’s over its original budget now by more than $1 billion. The Denver hospital problem is one of several the agency struggles with. Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.), chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, tells In Depth with Francis Rose what the string of problems says about the direction of the agency.

  • Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

    The Department of Veterans Affairs promises Congress Thursday it will fix longstanding problems involving delayed payments to private-sector medical providers. The VA says a recent overhaul of its reimbursement system is already producing results. But health care providers tell a different story. They say they’re still trying to bill the department for services they provided years ago. More from Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu.

  • Cheri Cannon, Partner, Tully Rinckey PLLC

    Two senior Veterans Affairs officials in the Philadelphia office are suspended. The move comes after an audit found they charged subordinates money to attend a work-related party featuring psychic readings. Both are on the VA payroll while an internal review determines any disciplinary action. Cheri Cannon is a partner at the law firm Tully Rinckey. In this week’s Legal Loop, she joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on this case.

  • Stewart Liff, Fellow, Performance Institute

    The latest example of mismanagement at the Veterans Affairs Department comes once again from the Philadelphia regional office. Two senior officials charged their employees to attend a work party and gave their profits to one of the official’s wives. But the VA’s mission should be the one incentive all of its employees can agree on. Stewart Liff, a fellow at the Performance Institute, is a former director of the Los Angeles Veterans Affairs Regional Office. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose about two approaches managers can take to leave a lasting impact on their employees.

  • VA to relinquish control of Denver hospital construction

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will take over construction management at the new Denver veterans hospital amid an internal investigation into how the project ran $1 billion over budget, the Veterans Affairs Department said Thursday.

  • Emily Kopp, Reporter, Federal News Radio

    Federal jobs are not the easiest or the best-paid, but at least they’re secure. Or so the thinking went. That long-held belief is less prevalent today than it once was, particularly among Senior Executive Service members. A 2014 law that gave Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald more leeway to fire SES members has taken a toll on members’ morale government-wide. Many are questioning their career choices. That finding comes from a Senior Executives Association survey on the possibility of at-will employment. SEA President Carol Bonosaro discussed it with Federal News Radio’s Emily Kopp.

  • Inside the Reporter’s Notebook: OFPP procurement reform; IT oversight at DHS; longtime execs retire

    In this week’s edition of Inside the Reporter’s Notebook, Executive Editor Jason Miller examines the unintended consequences of 1990s procurement reform and how OFPP plans to address them. Plus, multiple congressmen crack down on duplication issues at the Department of Homeland Security. Also in this edition, what’s behind the retirement of a long-time CIO at Education and a procurement executive at Veterans Affairs?