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 Department of Veterans Affairs expects the pandemic-driven surge in demand for its services will continue well into 2022, putting pressure on its staff and finances.
A new bill would require the Department of Veterans Affairs to produce a single list of all ongoing IT projects at the agency, as well as a prioritized ranking of initiatives that are currently unfunded.
The Veterans Health Administration also said it will not require the COVID-19 vaccine as a requirement of employment at the department. VHA has vaccinated 73% of its workforce and 90% of its clinical staff.
In today's Federal Newscast, a bipartisan group of six Senators want the FBI and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency to submit a report to Congress about the impact of the SolarWinds cyber attack on agencies.
In today's Federal Newscast, a bipartisan group of senators is pushing for more funding for the National Institutes of Health.
The Department of Veterans Affairs said it needs a six-month supply of personal protective equipment and other medical supplies to adequately handle a second wave of the coronavirus pandemic, but it has a 30-day supply on hand today.
At least 40% of employees at the Department of Veterans Affairs could be absent at any one time during a severe coronavirus outbreak, the agency estimated. VA's inspector general and employee unions have also expressed concerns with staffing and supply shortages.
In today's Federal Newscast, the Competitive Pay for Leaders in Veterans Health Care Act will correct an unintended consequence from a 2010 bill that was supposed to help Veterans Affairs Department fill Senior Executive Service positions.
In today's Federal Newscast, after fake notifications were sent out, the Army reiterates, despite rising tensions with Iran, there are no plans to initiate a draft.
In today's Federal Newscast, at the request of two members of Congress, the Defense Department's inspector general has agreed to review the department's use of PFAS chemicals at military sites.
The latest budget proposal from the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government made no mention of a federal pay raise in 2020, setting up a debate over whether civilian employees will receive a House-passed 3.1% or the president's recommended 2.6% increase next year.
Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross’s absence from a fiscal 2020 budget hearing Tuesday struck a nerve with some members of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on commerce, justice, science and related agencies.
The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee has concerns about the amount of and specific information OMB is providing about the Technology Modernization Fund.