In today's Federal Newscast: House Republicans continue to enjoy their majority, naming two more members to committee chairmanships. Defense Secretary Austin officially ends the military's COVID-19 vaccine mandate. And AFGE continues to grow new members.
The Department of Veterans Affairs will now provide abortions for veterans in life-threatening situations due to a pregnancy or in cases of rape and incest.
The bill, if passed, would cease all of the Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection’s ongoing investigations of whistleblower retaliation and the Office of Special Counsel would take on the workload.
The VA's new Electronic Health Record is now running at a third location, although lawmakers remain concerned about future rollouts.
System outages and patient safety concerns associated with the Department of Veterans Affairs' new electronic health record have led to top members of the House VA Committee calling for the agency to stop future rollouts.
The Department of Veterans Affairs, faced with thousands of job vacancies and a high rate of turnover among its health care workforce, is calling on Congress to set higher pay caps for more occupations, and permanently ease onboarding requirements.
The Veterans Affairs Department is looking to right-size its sprawling network of medical facilities across the country, and is planning to close or overhaul facilities that no longer meet the health care needs of veterans.
Congressional leaders urged VA to abandon a costly supply chain IT system it recently decided to borrow from the Defense Health Agency that has failed to meet VA's requirements.
As it settles in for real work after the holidays and its January 6 look-back, Congress, at least some members, are starting to wonder how the long continuing resolution is affecting the Defense Department.
Defense Medical Logistics Standard Support failed to meet more than 40% of the needs staff at the Department of Veterans Affairs' first implementation site had identified, the VA inspector general told Congress last week.
About 83% of employees at the Department of Veterans Affairs' initial go-live site in Spokane, Washington, say their morale has worsened due to the electronic health record implementation over the last year. VA is eyeing February as its target for deploying the EHR to its second site.
The process of producing a new, independent cost estimate for the electronic health record modernization project will begin later this month, the Department of Veterans Affairs told Congress, and it will take another year to complete.
House and Senate Veterans Affairs Committee leadership want more information from VA leadership about its strategy to modernize its supply chain management system.
The Department of Veterans Affairs will start from scratch on a new, independent lifecycle estimate for the electronic health record modernization project, an effort that could take another year to complete.