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Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough on toxic exposure, veteran mental health and Covid-19 response

President Biden announced on Veterans Day a strategy to identify and treat health issues in veterans that developed from toxic exposures on the front lines. That includes environmental hazards from burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Denis McDonough said the president is the first to ensure certain medical conditions, […]

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Lessons from pandemic fuel infrastructure improvement at VA Office of Information and Technology

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Information and Technology is innovating its tech tools to support the overall mission of the VA. IT investment management can benefit both veterans and the department. Leading the charge is Paul Brubaker, acting principal deputy assistant secretary at the VA Office of Information and Technology. Brubaker said […]

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VHA Innovation Experience Virtual Series will showcase initiatives to support veterans

The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) has an event next week. The Innovation Experience (iEX) Virtual Series will showcase advances in innovation, collaboration and technology that will improve and save veterans’ lives. Allison Amrhein, Director of Operations at the VHA Innovators Network, said the event will highlight technology, including virtual reality and clinical simulation, and initiatives, […]

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Department of Veterans Affairs office embracing IT governance framework

Agencies have been working for years to institute strong IT governance strategies that lead to savings and better performing IT systems. The Department of Veterans Affairs has been continually tweaking its plan. Merissa Larson, executive director for quality and risk in the VA Office of Information and Technology (OIT), said her team has embraced IT […]

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Award finalist reduces appeals backlog at Department of Veterans Affairs

For years, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has faced lengthy delays with its disability benefits program. Congress responded with a new law to expedite and streamline the appeals process, but the backlog remained at over 270,000 appeals. Then Mary Frances Matthews stepped in, helping reduce the backlog by 87%. Matthews, assistant decision review operations […]

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Undocumented federal contractor access cards are a “serious issue,” warns inspector general

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Inspector General (IG) warns that undocumented Personal Identity Verification (PIV) cards pose a security risk. The VA’s IG office found that none of the PIV cards tested met the security requirements. Michael Missal, inspector general of the VA, said his office’s investigation found the department is not […]

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