Julia Brownley

  • Five years after Phoenix scandal, VA wait times still under scrutiny

    Five years after the 2014 scandal at the Department of Veterans Affairs’s medical center in Phoenix, Arizona, and patient wait times at the agency are still difficult to measure and track.

  • MISSION Act’s new community care program ready for prime time, VA says

    The Department of Veterans Affairs is confident it’s ready to implement a major piece of the VA MISSION Act by the June 6 deadline. But another part of the new law isn’t close to being ready, and there’s a familiar culprit behind the delays.

  • USDA narrows down choices for relocation of two bureaus

    In today’s Federal Newscast, USDA reveals where the agency is looking to relocate the Economic Research Service and National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

  • Focus on VA hiring, not Veterans Choice, AFGE says

    As Congress will soon resume debates over the future of the Veterans Choice Program, the American Federation of Government Employees is urging lawmakers to consider consequences of privatization.

  • VA ‘confident we’re going to commercial’ for EHR, scheduling fixes

    The Government Accountability Office had some hard truths for the Veterans Affairs Department, which has failed to produce more modern, interoperable IT systems after years of failed pilots and heated congressional hearings. GAO says VA should drop its plans to modernize VistA and find a commercial option instead.

  • VA tired of waiting for IG disciplinary reviews, starts separate evaluations

    The House Veterans Affairs Committee came down hard on the steps VA has taken so far to hold its employees accountable for misconduct. Deputy VA Secretary Sloan Gibson said the department is putting employees on detail rather than paid administrative leave, while the VA finishes a disciplinary investigation.