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.
In today’s Federal Newscast, a bipartisan group in the House Veterans Affairs Committee wants more information about VA’s plans to curb sexual harassment.
The Department of Veterans Affairs has six months to consolidate disparate community care programs into one, revamped veterans choice program. But lawmakers are concerned VA won’t successfully meet its deadlines amid a “constant churn” of agency leadership.
Trouble with implementing changes to the GI Bill have left lawmakers skeptical when it comes to new systems at the VA, but appeals modernization efforts are playing out far more smoothly, according to stakeholders.
The Veterans Benefits Administration announced plans to reset its implementation of portions of the Forever GI Act, but the approach sparked confusion from some lawmakers.
In today’s Federal Newscast, a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee bill would create stronger laws to prevent political appointees from becoming career federal employees.
Lawmakers have struck a deal to give the Veterans Affairs Department its biggest budget yet but still lack a long-term plan to fund the agency’s new community care program under the VA MISSION Act.
Preparations for a new appeals process at the Veterans Benefits Administration are two-thirds of the way complete, but IT upgrades have fallen behind.
House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Phil Roe (R-Tenn.) said he’s less concerned by the VA’s measure of disciplinary actions and more concerned about whether whistleblowers feel they can approach leadership with their concerns.
The Veterans Affairs Department says it will begin deployment of a new electronic health record at three sites in the Pacific Northwest in October, and the system will be implemented at those sites by March 2020.