House committee targets lack of transparency at VA

The House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs today launched a website dedicated to documenting what it characterizes as a “lack of transparency” at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Budget breakdown: Windfall for workforce, R&D and STEM education

Despite what many consider a very modest pay raise for government employees, the budget request for fiscal year 2015 appears to actually invest in the federal workforce. Unveiled March 4, the FY 2015 budget request proposed a 1 percent pay increase for government employees, but emphasized more significant investments in training, development and recruitment initiatives for the federal workforce.

EXCLUSIVE: VA downplays risk assessment report

A 2013 internal security risk assessment of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ main electronic health record system that warned a data breach was “practically unavoidable” did not consider various security mitigation actions the department had already taken to address a very specific vulnerability, according to VA officials.

VA risk assessment warned of ‘unavoidable’ security breach

A 2013 internal Department of Veterans Affairs security risk assessment of the department’s main electronic health record system warned a data breach was “practically unavoidable.”

VA charts a course for open source, more capable infrastructure

The Department of Veterans Affairs has taken its fair share of very public lumps as a result of high-profile data breaches and software glitches that sparked the ire of many in Congress. But behind the scenes, the agency has embarked upon an ambitious effort to overhaul how it manages its entire IT enterprise.

Bill would make it easier for VA execs to get axed

A new bill giving the secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs the power to fire underperforming members of the Senior Executive Service was introduced in Congress on Feb. 11.

VA pushes forward on major digital forms initiatives

The Department of Veterans Affairs is making progress on the digital forms front — the forms used by veterans for a multitude of purposes, including applying for health care benefits. What has until recently been predominantly a paper-based system is quickly moving to a fully digital process, with new initiatives, including mobile forms, on the horizon.

Schools held more accountable for veteran treatment

Veterans, service members and their families will have a new way to file complaints with educational institutions receiving money through military educational benefits programs.

BREAKING: More management shakeups at VA

Recent departures of senior executives from the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Acquisition Operations have left four of the top positions at the organization vacant.

VA benefits bill has support and large price tag

A bill, branded by the Democratic leadership as a top-priority bill, increasing benefits and improving medical services to veterans will cost the United States about $7.64 billion over the next 10 years, according to a Congressional Budget Office estimate.

Software glitch affected more than 5,000 veterans, VA says

The Department of Veterans Affairs today said initial estimates show as many as 5,351 veterans may have been impacted by a software glitch Jan. 15 that exposed private information and allowed personal data belonging to veterans to be altered.

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VA software glitch allowed data to be altered, exposed tens of thousands of veterans

The software glitch that forced the Department of Veterans Affairs to take down the eBenefits Web portal over the weekend may have affected far more veterans than initially reported and enabled anyone who was logged in to alter the personal information of an unknown number of veterans.

VA investigates eBenefits privacy breach, website down

The Department of Veterans Affairs is investigating a problem with the joint VA-Defense Department eBenefits system after several veterans reported being able to see the personal information belonging to other veterans when they logged into the system.

PIF deadlines as model for government

Aaron Snow, Mollie Ruskin and James Sanders were at different agencies during their time in the Presidential Innovation Fellows program, but they have something in common — the belief that government can operate under the same tight deadlines the fellows did.

Wasteful conference spending sees drastic decline

After tougher scrutiny from Congress and inspectors general, along with an executive order on curbing conference spending, at least four agencies have significantly scaled back on events expenditures, according to a new report.

UPDATED: VA CIO lays out 2014 cybersecurity priorities amid challenges

An internal memo from Department of Veterans Affairs Chief Information Officer Stephen Warren, obtained exclusively by FedScoop, reveals the agency’s top cybersecurity priorities for 2014 based on what agency managers said are the areas in need of most attention.

Tech industry, join forces to help vets find jobs

The Consumer Electronics Association and the Northern Virginia Technology Council, with the support of more than a dozen other industry associations and nonprofits, today announced a partnership with to help military veterans find employment in the high-tech sector.

6 oversight issues that stole the headlines in 2013

Waste, fraud and abuse in government commonly make the news, and 2013 was no exception. FedScoop took a look at some of the most attention-grabbing stories that ignited public outcry and landed in the crosshairs of the oversight committees.

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