Veterans Affairs

  • VA wants to make telehealth part of its day-to-day business, but says state licensing laws stand in the way

    VA says it wants to significantly expand the health care services it offers through telehealth technologies — voice, video, instantaneous record-sharing — but it’s hampered by state laws that require providers to be licensed in the same states as their patients.

  • Matt Collier: A preview of the VA Brain Trust conference

    The Veterans Affairs Department will hold the second annual Brain Trust conference this week. The conference is devoted to the latest in treating head trauma and traumatic brain injury while bringing together people from the VA and several private sector organizations. Matt Collier, senior advisor to VA Secretary David Shulkin, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to provide further details.

  • Bob Tobias: Civil reform, Senate legislation and the VA

    Members of Congress are talking a lot about civil service reform these days. A bill introduced in the Senate, called the Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act, would put most managers under title 38, taking away some civil service protections. Bob Tobias, a professor in the Key Executive Leadership program at American University, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss the long view.

  • OPM: Ease up on the new Senior Executive Service requests

    In today’s Federal Newscast, the Department of Health and Human Services’ inspector general explains to Congress how the agency might have been taken for over a billion dollars.

  • 10 bills you missed while you were focused on the budget

    While much of the recent attention has fallen on the president’s proposed budget, Congress has still been introducing and passing legislation. Here are a few bills worth knowing about that might have slipped through the cracks.

  • VA making progress on student payments, lawmakers still not satisfied

    The VA is shortening the time it takes for student veterans to get the payments they need to attend school through the G.I. bill. Lawmakers still think the time is too long, however.

  • Why Shulkin believes new VA accountability law will ‘dramatically improve’ morale, recruitment

    It’s been a busy couple of months for the Veterans Affairs Department. But VA Secretary David Shulkin said he wouldn’t have it any other way. He’s pushing the VA workforce to embrace risk and begin making bold, fundamental changes to the way it does business. He said he sees the VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act as one bold change that will improve the department’s employee morale and recruitment efforts.

  • Trump signs law to make VA more accountable for vets’ care

    President Donald Trump says he’s taking “historic action” to transform the Department of Veterans Affairs

  • VA’s new list: Playboy without the centerfold

    VA fired, demoted or gave long suspensions to 749 people since Jan. 20. But it doesn’t say what they did.

  • Report offers a roadmap for White House leadership on innovation

    In today’s Federal Newscast, the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation has proposed a detailed set of recommendations for the White House to boost faith in the legitimacy of government by improving its effectiveness.