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Congress fears VA is ‘moving on’ amid persistent EHR challenges, low employee morale at initial go-live site

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…

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Senate appropriators want to add $24B to defense budget in bill

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Few VA employees easily navigating new EHR after training, months of use, auditors say

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(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rhett Isbell)Nineteen C-130J aircraft take part in an elephant walk before takeoff during an exercise Mar. 15, 2018, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. Numerous C-130J units from around the Air Force participated in a training event to enhance operational effectiveness and joint interoperability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rhett Isbell)

Air Force faces first test from Congress in divesting from legacy systems

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Bipartisan group of senators ask VA to rank and prioritize unfunded IT projects

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(Sophia Germer/The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate via AP)Vietnam veteran and Purple Heart recipient Alford Washington, Sr., receives a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine from nurse Alanna Williams at the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System's gymnasium in New Orleans, Thursday, Dec. 24, 2020. Washington was part of the Pathfinder Unit in Vietnam where he survived a plane crash that killed 7 people in Oct. 28, 1967. He said he had no concerns receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. (Sophia Germer/The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate via AP)

Senators seek bigger role, more doses for VA in vaccine distribution efforts

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A new era for Veterans Affairs, and the committee that oversees it

The Veterans Health Administration is marking its 75th year. Now that Denis McDonough is confirmed as the new veterans affairs secretary, what will his…

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Denis McDonough

Biden’s choice to lead VA promises to ‘unstick’ agency’s complex challenges

Denis McDonough, the president’s pick to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs, said he’ll bring his deep knowledge of government operations to the agency,…

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(Bill Clark/Pool via AP)Homeland Security Secretary nominee Alejandro Mayorkas testifies during his confirmation hearing in the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Bill Clark/Pool via AP)

Biden’s DHS pick vows to make employee morale his ‘highest priority’

Democrats had hoped to quickly confirm Alejandro Mayorkas, a Obama-era veteran of the Department of Homeland Security, as the new DHS secretary under President-elect Joe Biden. But Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) has said he will place a hold on Mayorkas’ nomination.

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