The Department of Veterans Affairs was on track to roll out an initial set of electronic health record capabilities at its first site in Spokane, Washington, in July. But the coronavirus pandemic has paused those plans indefinitely.
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.
Members on the House Veterans Affairs Committee say they plan to double down on their oversight of VA’s electronic health record modernization amid a recent decision to delay the initial rollout.
In today’s Federal Newscast, three senators want the Government Accountability Office to evaluate the process non-citizen service members go through to become naturalized.
A sexual assault allegation from inside a VA hospital has led to rancor among officials.
In today’s Federal Newscast, the Congressional Budget Office found federal employees are contributing and saving more for retirement, due to two Thrift Savings Plan policy changes.
In today’s Federal Newscast, IT security controls continue to be a material weakness for the financial management systems at the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Senators asked VA for a response to foreign information operations targeting veterans as the House held its first hearing on the issue.
In today’s Federal Newscast, Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) wants the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s inspector general to start an investigation.
Veterans homelessness is down nationwide by 49% since the Departments of Housing and Urban Development and Veterans Affairs launched an inter-agency partnership on the topic back in 2010, but lawmakers, local housing officials and veterans still see room for improvement.