Government Matters (Full Show) – February 18, 2018


Staying power of VISTA at Veterans Affairs


Scott Blackburn, executive in charge at the Department of Veterans Affairs, discusses why even though plans are in motion to replace the aging VISTA platform, the health record-keeping software may be used at hospitals for another 10 years.


Section 809 panel released report to Congress


The Pentagon has been aiming to get contracts from companies that aren’t traditionally considered defense contractors, and there are some roadblocks in the way for both sides. David Drabkin and Mike Madsen from the Section 809 Panel sit down to discuss their organization’s new report detailing the current issues.


IG Report: VA Secretary misused govt. resources


Federal Beat panelists, Nicole Ogrysko of Federal News Radio, Adam Mazmanian of FCW and Leo Shane III of the Military Times discuss an internal investigation at the Department of Veterans Affairs, which found that Secretary David Shulkin had misused government resources during a trip to Europe.