The Veterans Affairs Department has a shortage of medical professionals, but it also lacks the human resources expertise and flexibility it needs to bring top talent in more quickly.
The Veterans Affairs Department says it will begin deployment of a new electronic health record at three sites in the Pacific Northwest in October, and the system will be implemented at those sites by March 2020.
Lawmakers want to re-examine the structure of the Veterans Health Administration after a report the Veterans Affairs Inspector General referred to as “serious” and “disturbing.”
In today’s Federal Newscast, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee releases the expanded Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act report card today, five agencies saw their grades go up, 11 saw them go down.
The House Veterans Affairs Committee passed the MISSION Act, which provides more support for existing Veterans Affairs Department programs while also enacting some new ones.
The Veterans Benefits Administration is reverting to previous performance management guidelines, which the American Federation of Government Employees says it too “chaotic.”
Recent stumbles in Veterans Affairs Department IT acquisition have raised lawmakers’ doubts about its ability to manage a multibillion-dollar health IT project.
The House Veterans Affairs Committee also signed off on a clear oversight process for VA’s electronic health record modernization project, plus several other pieces of new legislation.
Before her retirement, Vivieca Wright Simpson had been with VA for 32 years. Peter O’Rourke, the director of VA’s new Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection, will serve as VA’s permanent chief of staff going forward.
The Veterans Affairs Department has about a year to get its appeals process off the ground. Congress and GAO are concerned VA doesn’t have the tools ready to meet that deadline.