Veterans Affairs

IG warns of security risks due to pandemic hiring measures at VA

Temporary waivers to speed hiring at VA medical facilities have helped fill workforce gaps, but the agency's Inspector General warns on security risks of putting off certain security checks.

AFGE works to maximize Democratic control on the Hill

Although workplace safety is top of mind, the American Federation of Government Employees wants Congress to pursue action beyond the reversal of Trump workforce policies.

Local VA networks left to decide COVID premium pay

The lack of national direction from the Department of Veterans Affairs on issuance of pandemic "premium pay" has left regional VA networks and local facilities to decide which employees get additional pay for working on the front lines of the pandemic -- and how much.

A look at VA's vaccine distribution plan

The agency is set to receive an initial 73,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine, but it anticipates that 7 million veterans will want a vaccination via the agency, along with the 400,000 VA employees.

FLRA: VA must reinstate feds fired under EOs, issue back pay

In a win for the National VA Council, the Federal Labor Relations Authority dismissed the VA's exceptions to an arbitrator's award that requires it to reinstate union employees fired without performance improvement plans.

Fed workforce panel largely sides with VA in a labor ruling

The Federal Service Impasses Panel largely sided with the Department of Veterans Affairs in a contract ruling in a case between the VA and the National Veterans Affairs Council (NVAC).

VA reports smooth electronic health record system transition

The performance of infrastructure, end-user devices exceeded agency expectations on the VA's first go-live on its new electronic health record system.

Is the end of My HealtheVet near?

The My HealtheVet tool used by more than 3 million veterans to access care at the Department of Veterans Affairs could be retired in favor of a tool from vendor Cerner as part of the agency's $16 billion electronic health record software upgrade.

Stopgap spending bill passes

The current appropriations bills are set to expire on Oct. 1; the bill now goes to the Senate where it is expected to pass.

VA taps CARES Act funds for IT

The Veterans Benefits Administration at the Department of Veterans Affairs is looking to reprogram about $250 million in COVID-19 emergency funding to modernize its troubled education benefits system.

VA looks to reboot health record modernization plan

Leaders of the VA's $16 billion health record modernization plan look to jumpstart their implementation schedule.

Feds, union sue for hazard pay

The national union alleges that "thousands of feds" likely exposed to the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 while on the job.

Impeachment looms over talks of shutdown

A third continuing resolution could be in the cards as lawmakers wrangle over funding levels.

Appropriators agree on 2020 funding

A third continuing resolution could be in the cards as lawmakers wrangle over funding levels.

GAO: Agencies' IT workforce planning needs improvement

The congressional watchdog warned that agencies are putting billions in spending at risk by not taking steps to raise skills and competencies in the IT workforce.

OPM orders agencies to resume workforce order policies

After a judicial injunction was lifted, the Office of Personnel Management ordered agencies to resume plans to fully implement new workforce policies contained in three controversial executive orders.

Report: Agencies spending more on temp workers to fill gaps

Veterans Affairs, Defense Health Agency are filling gaps with temporary workers rather than hiring career staff.