Veterans Affairs Department

  • Sharing Project

    November 4th, 2009 The ambitious information sharing project between the Defense Department and the Veterans Affairs Department is a technologically complex one. The two agencies have built electronic health records, and have set the stage…

  • VA shuts down cloud app after breach

    The Veterans Affairs Department is immediately shutting down one its cloud applications after information was stored without proper data security controls. The cloud application was on a Yahoo website that VA doctors used to store patients’ medical information. According to a VA report, notifications of a possible security breach will be sent to nearly 900 […]

  • On the show today – April 11

    On the In Depth show blog, you can listen to the interviews, find more information about the guests on the show each day and links to additional resources.

  • VA tests meditation as PTSD treatment

    The Department of Veterans Affairs is testing the effects of transcendental meditation on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

  • Federal Drive interviews – May 8, 2012

    Dr. Sonja Batten, deputy chief for specialty mental health, Veterans Affairs Department, discusses the VA’s plans to hire 2,000 mental health professionals and support staff. Rep. James Lankford (R-Okla.) talks about two bills aimed at reducing the number of duplicative government programs.

  • Inside the Reporter’s Notebook: A new job for a former VA senior official; Countdown to cloud credential pilot begins

    News and buzz in the acquisition and IT communities that you may have missed this week.

  • House Veterans Committee adds latest VA cyber breach to ongoing investigations

    Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.) wants answers from the Veterans Affairs Department after its latest privacy and cyber breach of the data of more than 5,000 veterans through its eBenefits portal. VA says it has fixed the software defect and its Data Breach Core Team is investigating what happened.

  • VA hacks away at claims backlog, increases accuracy

    Allison Hickey, VA’s undersecretary for benefits, said VBMS has transformed the agency from a paper system to one that mostly relies on electronic data. Some lawmakers express concern about the way the agency is measuring how it reduces the number of veterans waiting for benefits.

  • Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

    The Veterans Affairs Department says its claims backlog is far below its peak of three years ago. VA credits its progress to several changes under the Veterans Benefits Management System or VBMS. Federal News Radio’s Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive and described how VA is reducing the claims backlog. Read Jason’s related article.

  • Hakeem Basheerud-Deen, Director of Veterans Services, Office of Personel Management

    A new guide from the Office of Personnel Management lays out the next chapter in the government’s efforts to employ veterans. Back in 2009, President Barack Obama told agencies to be model employers of vets. Veterans made up about a quarter of new hires. Today, they are at about 31 percent. Hakeem Basheerud-Deen directs veterans services at OPM. He’s also an Air Force vet. He tells Tom and Emily on the Federal Drive that some agencies are doing well at hiring vets.