• In the aftermath of the federal hiring freeze, the Veterans Affairs Department says hiring managers are free to fill most positions. But there are still thousands of exceptions requiring approval from senior VA officials.

    April 27, 2017
  • The Veterans Affairs Department, Congress and Government Accountability Office all agree: an outdated and inflexible hiring process and serious shortcomings with the department's human resources functions are prohibiting the agency from quickly filling at least 45,000 open health care positions.

    March 22, 2017
  • Veterans groups are calling for an 8.3 percent increase in medical funding for the Veterans Health Administration and a 10 percent overall increase for the Department of Veterans Affairs next year. Carlos Fuentes, legislative director for the Veterans of Foreign Wars, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to provide details on 'independent budget' recommendations and others.

    March 22, 2017
  • A recent GAO investigation found that at a number of VHA facilities, lack of knowledge, skill and personnel in the human resources offices is hampering the administration in achieving its medical mission.

    March 03, 2017
  • Human resource issues hinder the Veterans Health Administration ability to recruit and hire best medical staff. Robert Goldenkoff, GAO director of strategic issues, discusses on Federal Drive with Tom Temin some suggestions the agency has to fix VHA's problem.

    February 09, 2017
  • The nation's veteran population is gradually becoming more female. But it's unclear whether the Veterans Health Administration is equipped to deal with the particular medical needs of female vets. It's got the policies all right, but not always the facilities. Or the providers. That's according to a new assessment by the Government Accountability Office. Randy Williamson, director of health care issues at GAO, has more on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

    December 14, 2016
  • The Veterans Health Administration has an elaborate planning process to come up with its strategic goals. Great, but headquarters might be getting in the way of the medical centers and other providers actually carrying them out. Debra Draper, director of health care issues at the Government Accountability Office, shares more on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

    December 12, 2016
  • Legislation in 2008 put the government-backed secondary mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac into conservatorship by a new agency. Eight years later, the Federal Housing Finance Agency is still conserving Fannie and Freddie. Now the Government Accountability Office is urging Congress to force everyone to clarify their goals here so a lingering situation can get off the dime. For more, Federal Drive with Tom Temin turns to Lawrance Evans Jr., director of financial markets and community investment issues at GAO.

    December 05, 2016
  • While some agencies have jumped into the big data game without a clear plan for using it, others have been using data to improve their services for a while. One agency has even reached the point where it's discovered that too much data can be just as much a hindrance as a help.

    November 22, 2016
  • The Veterans Health Administration has no shortage of ideas for how to reorganize and improve mission delivery, namely better health outcomes for veterans. What it cannot seem to do is get the changes done in an organized way. Debra Draper, director of health care issues at the Government Accountability Office, offers her insight on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

    November 07, 2016
  • The Veterans Affairs Department is testing the idea of providing health care benefits to service canines used by veterans with mental health issues.

    September 23, 2016
  • The Obama administration said it agreed with most of the VA Commission on Care's recommendations to improve veterans health care, adding that the department had started efforts to implement many of them already. President Barack Obama said he disagreed with three of the 18 suggestions.

    September 02, 2016
  • Since 2014, when Veterans Affairs Department reform legislation became law, the VA has been expanding its network of outside health care providers. The Choice Program recently underwent a major review. Dr. Baligh Yehia, assistant deputy undersecretary for health at the Veterans Health Administration, talked about the changes and what's still ahead on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

    August 23, 2016
  • Early adopters hail the potential of Internet of Things, but no one is willing to commit until some very serious challenges are overcome and certain policies are put in place governmentwide.

    July 27, 2016