Leigh Ann Searight

FILE - This May 28, 2014, file photo shows the St. Louis VA Medical Center in St. Louis. According to a report released Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016, by the VA Office of Inspector General, St. Louis Veterans Administration health care officials insufficiently investigated the death of a mental health patient who killed himself. (AP Photo/Jim Salter, File)

How VA’s community health system slowed down in the pandemic

When the pandemic first hit, it had a big effect on the Veterans Health Administration.

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(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)Veteran Affairs building near the White House in Washington, Feb. 14, 2018. An internal watchdog's investigation has found that Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin improperly accepted Wimbledon tennis tickets and likely wrongly used taxpayer money to cover his wife's airfare for an 11-day European trip. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

VA’s electronic health record system for scheduling patients requires training

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(Photo courtesy of the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center Communications Department)

VA’s struggling supply chain modernization initiative is under review

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(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)Veteran Affairs building near the White House in Washington, Feb. 14, 2018. An internal watchdog's investigation has found that Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin improperly accepted Wimbledon tennis tickets and likely wrongly used taxpayer money to cover his wife's airfare for an 11-day European trip. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

‘Confusing’ chain of command hangs over Veterans Affairs police reforms

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(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)Veteran Affairs building near the White House in Washington, Feb. 14, 2018. An internal watchdog's investigation has found that Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin improperly accepted Wimbledon tennis tickets and likely wrongly used taxpayer money to cover his wife's airfare for an 11-day European trip. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Expedited hiring can save an agency’s backside, but it comes with risks

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