VA Accountability Act of 2015, would extend the probationary period for new employees to at least 18 months from the current 12. All employees would have a shorter window in which to appeal their firing or demotion.
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.
The Department of Veterans Affairs says it has made significant gains over the past several months in paying its health care vendors on time. Providers tell a different story, and say the department routinely fails to comply with the Prompt Payment Act.
House lawmakers and Veterans Affairs’ IT officials continue to spar over the data security of millions of veterans. In the latest episode, VA Committee lawmakers say the agency suffered another nation state cyber attack. But IT officials say they have seen no evidence of such an attack. Federal News Radio’s Executive editor Jason Miller joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with details on this ongoing cybersecurity drama.
Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) said the Veterans Affairs Department fell victim to another breach by a nation state in September 2014, putting veterans’ data at risk. But VA CIO Steph Warren said internal and external reviews found no evidence of a breach.
The Treasury Department’s inspector general reviewed a recent Veterans Affairs IG report and concluded the actions of a former VA acquisitions official “did not violate applicable law.”
Bonuses went to some employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs who later got caught up in the wait time scandal, and other incidents at the agency. The congressman who sponsored the bill that makes it easier to fire SESers at VA wants to go after those bonuses now. Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.) is chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said seeing results from the VA Management Accountability Act of 2014 (the firing bill that President Barack Obama signed late last year) won’t happen overnight.
House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller wants new ways to punish SES members accused of misconduct, including possible pension reductions, limits on paid leave. He also wants to curtail VA’s bonus award system.
VA will seek at least $1.1 billion from Congress to rescue a Denver hospital project that was supposed to cost $600 million. The final price tag won’t be known for several more months. VA also asked the Army Corps to conduct a complete examination of its major construction programs across the country.
Reps. Jackie Walorski and Mike Coffman wrote separate letters to VA Secretary Bob McDonald asking for details about how the agency is addressing ongoing cyber challenges. Walorski asked VA to answer four questions about how it’s protecting the identity of veterans using the eBenefits site.