paul lawrence

Lessons learned from a former VA undersecretary

After spending three years as Undersecretary for Veterans Benefits during the Trump administration, Paul Lawrence has learned a few lessons.

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Too hard to reward federal employees? VBA says it’s found a way

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VA IG: Decentralization to blame for housing stipend, IT shortfalls

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FILE - This March 27, 2008, file photo, shows the Pentagon in Washington. Military officials want to limit congressional efforts to address sexual assaults among service members’ children, even as new data show the problem is larger than previously acknowledged. Members of Congress demanded answers after an Associated Press investigation revealed that many reports of child-on-child sexual violence on military installations languish in a dead zone of justice.  (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

Pentagon IG sees success with new way of handling whistleblower retaliation complaints

In today’s Federal Newscast, officials with the Defense Department’s Office of Inspector General said they’ve had much more success with a new alternative…

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Reoccurring management challenges at the heart of VA’s recent GI bill confusion, agency admits

The Veterans Benefits Administration announced plans to reset its implementation of portions of the Forever GI Act, but the approach sparked confusion…

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IT modernization

Lawmakers frustrated with ‘bureaucratic incompetence’ as VBA struggles with overdue benefits changes

The VBA missed a deadline to implement a new benefit system in August, and now that it looks like the agency won’t be ready for the spring semester either, lawmakers wanted to know why.

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