VA Provides Reorganization Plan to Strengthen and Modernize Department

WASHINGTON - Today the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced specific recommendations in the President's 'Delivering Government Solutions in the 21st Century' - Reform Plan and Reorganization Recommendations.'

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VA Showcases New Medical Advancements in Veteran Care on Capitol Hill

WASHINGTON - Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) Office of Research and Development hosted a Research Fair at the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill to share new medical advancements in improving health care and quality of...

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VA Releases National Suicide Data Report

WASHINGTON - Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released findings from its most recent analysis of Veteran suicide data for all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

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VA Issues New Policy to Protect Veteran Homeowners from Predatory Lending

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has issued a new policy implementing the May 2018 Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act, to protect Veteran homeowners from predatory lending practices when obtaining a VA-guaranteed refinance loan.

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VA Extends Record of Transparency with First-Ever Posting of Annual Nursing Home Ratings

Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) extended its unprecedented 18-month record of transparency disclosures by making public for the first time its annual nursing home ratings. The data show that, overall, VA's nursing home system - composed of...

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VA and PsychArmor Institute Offer Online Suicide Prevention Training

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), in collaboration with PsychArmor Institute, a national nonprofit that provides online education and support to Americans who work with, live with or care for military service members, Veterans and their families,...

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VA's Veterans Crisis Line Improves Service With Third Call Center Opening in Topeka, Kansas

WASHINGTON - Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it has opened its third Veterans Crisis Line (VCL) call center in Topeka, Kansas on the campus of the Colmery-O'Neil VA Medical Center.

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VA Commits $17 Million to Expand Intimate Partner Violence Assistance Program

WASHINGTON - The U.S Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is taking action to address Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) by earmarking $17 million in funds to support Veterans in need.

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Statement by Acting VA Secretary Peter O'Rourke – President Trump signs historic MISSION Act

Today President Trump kept his promise to our Nation's Veterans and signed the historic VA MISSION Act into law. His leadership today in the Rose Garden is testament to his commitment to Veterans, caregivers, and their families.

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VA Leaders and Team Named as Finalists for Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals

WASHINGTON - Two employees and a team from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) were recently honored as finalists for Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals, or Sammies, by the nonprofit Partnership for Public Service, which recognizes the...

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VA's Board of Veterans' Appeals resolves record number of claims to date for FY 2018

Underscoring the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) pledge to reduce the wait time for those appealing disability benefits claims, the Board of Veterans' Appeals, as of May 27, has signed more than 53,650 decisions to date in fiscal year...

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Focused on Patient Safety, VA to Host Summit Launching a National Registry for Medical Implant Devices

In collaboration with three federal agencies and several academic leaders, the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will host a national summit June 4 in Washington, D.C., focused on launching the nation's largest health-system, medical-implant tracking program.

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President Trump's Executive Order Supporting Mental Health Care for Transitioning Service Members Now Underway

WASHINGTON - Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that the White House has approved an interagency plan to implement President Trump's executive order supporting Veterans with mental health care and suicide-prevention resources during their transition from uniformed...

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VA Recognizes Mental Health Month With Video Campaign Focused on How Treatment Can Transform Lives

WASHINGTON - In recognition of Mental Health Month this May, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) emphasized the positive impact of mental health treatment through a video campaign spotlighting hundreds of Veterans who have stepped forward to combat the...

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VA Announces New Acting Secretary, Retirement of Deputy Secretary

Today, the White House named Peter O'Rourke as Acting Secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Mr. O'Rourke previously served as VA Chief of Staff. Jacquelyn Hayes-Byrd will serve as VA Acting Chief of Staff while Mr. O'Rourke serves...

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OFCCP Extends TRICARE Moratorium

As we recently reported, OFCCP is evaluating affirmative action obligations for TRICARE providers and expects to publish rulemaking on this front next year.  In connection with this, to allow time for the rulemaking process, as well as to allow time for...

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Statement by Acting Secretary Robert Wilkie – VA signs contract with Cerner for an electronic health record system

I am pleased to announce we have signed a contract with Cerner today that will modernize the VA's health care IT system and help provide seamless care to Veterans as they transition from military service to Veteran status, and when...

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Statement by Acting VA Secretary Robert Wilkie – House Passage of the MISSION Act

I congratulate Chairman Roe and Members from both parties who forged an overwhelming vote of support for the MISSION Act. This long-awaited legislation streamlines VA's community care programs, strengthens health care options for our nation's Veterans, whether in the VA...

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VA Announces Whole Health Flagship Sites: Personalized Plan Puts Veterans in Control of their Health Care

WASHINGTON - Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs released the names of 18 facilities designated VA Whole Health Flagship sites, which are spread around the country within the VA health-care system and are focused on empowering and equipping Veterans...

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VA announces Paul Lawrence as new Under Secretary for Benefits

Today VA announced that Paul R. Lawrence will assume office Tuesday, May 15 as the department's new Under Secretary for Benefits. Lawrence is a former Army captain and airborne school graduate, and has served in a number of key positions...

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VA Updates Disability Rating Schedule to Better Align with Modern Medicine

WASHINGTON - Effective May 13, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will update portions of the VA Schedule for Rating Disabilities (VASRD, or rating schedule) that evaluates the organs of special sense eye conditions, as well as gynecological conditions...

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VA Celebrates National VA Research Week 2018

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will celebrate 93 years of improving the lives of Veterans and other Americans through the department's health research and research programs during National VA Research Week held May 14-18.

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VA Celebrates ‘Nurses Week 2018' with a Number of Activities Recognizing VA's 93,000 Nurses Nationwide

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) was pleased to recognize and celebrate National Nurses Week held May 6 - 12 with a number of activities, including the release of 'Meaningful Tweets,' a heartfelt VA twist on a...

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VA Expands Telehealth by Allowing Health Care Providers to Treat Patients Across State Lines

WASHINGTON - Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced a new federal rule that will allow VA doctors, nurses and other health-care providers to administer care to Veterans using telehealth, or virtual technology, regardless of where in the...

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Only One Item On OFCCP’s Spring Regulatory Agenda: TRICARE

Today, the Trump Administration released its Spring 2018 Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions, which “reports on the actions administrative agencies plan to issue in the near and long term.” OFCCP has only one item listed on its agenda, entitled...

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Statement by Acting VA Secretary Robert Wilkie – Committee Approval of H.R. 5674, the VA MISSION Act

I commend Chairman Roe and the House Veterans' Affairs Committee for approving the VA MISSION Act today and sending it to the full House for a vote. As White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said yesterday, the bill 'will transform...

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VA Offers Early Participation in a Faster New Claims Decision Review Process

WASHINGTON - Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced it is offering two opportunities for early participation in the new, more efficient claims decision review process outlined in the historic Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017.

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VA and Small Business Administration Team up to Help Veteran Entrepreneurs

WASHINGTON -The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is working with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to provide education and support to disabled Veterans interested in self-employment.

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VA Health Care Rated Same or Better than Private Hospitals

WASHINGTON - Veterans receive the same or better care at U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical facilities as patients at non-VA hospitals according to a recent RAND Corp. study.

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Statement by Acting VA Secretary Robert Wilkie – Introduction of H.R. 5674, the VA MISSION Act

I commend Chairman Roe and the House Veterans' Affairs Committee for introducing legislation that, as Chairman Roe so aptly states, 'will ensure veterans have timely access to the care they have earned.'

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OFCCP Releases “Town Hall Action Plan” to Address Contractor Concerns

by Laura A. Mitchell and Chris Chrisbens In the words of OFCCP, the contractors spoke and OFCCP listened.  OFCCP is also listening to the Government Accounting Office and its detailed review of the Agency. In response to the GAO’s Strengthening...

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VA Introduces New Feature That Allows Veterans to Securely Access Medical Images Online

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently released a new online feature through the My HealtheVet portal that allows Veterans to access their medical images and associated study reports online.

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VA Video Connect Expands Veterans' Access to Health Care

WASHINGTON - More and more Veterans are receiving health-care treatment virtually, thanks to efforts by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to expand telehealth.

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Statement by VA Acting Secretary Robert Wilkie – Congressional Action on Veterans Choice Program

Under President Trump, the VA has benefitted from some of the most significant legislative reforms in the history of the department. With funding for VA's Choice program set to run out soon, America's Veterans need Congress to come together to...

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VA's Dr. Ann McKee Recognized for Her Concussion Research on TIME'S List of 100 Most Influential People

WASHINGTON - TIME magazine has named Dr. Ann McKee, chief of neuropathology of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Boston Healthcare System, to the 2018 TIME 100, the magazine's annual list of the 100 most influential people in the...

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EEO-1 Filing Deadline Extended

Without much fanfare, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s EEO-1 Joint Reporting Committee has extended the deadline for filing of this year’s EEO-1 Survey until June 1, 2018. As a result of modifications to the EEO-1 survey, which have subsequently been postponed, employers...

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Breaking News: OFCCP Could Be Close To Rescinding Current Compensation Directive

Bloomberg Law is reporting OFCCP may soon rescind the controversial Directive 307, which has been in place since early 2013, and sets out the Agency’s current methodology for analyzing pay.  In its place, Bloomberg reports OFCCP will direct compliance officers to...

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OFCCP Discloses Audit Scheduling Methodology

In another show of transparency, OFCCP has released a detail description of its process for selecting contractors for audit.  The two-page document walks through, step-by-step, the process OFCCP undertook to identify establishments for the “first release of the FY 2018...

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Nearly $700 Million in State Veterans Home Funding Leads to New Construction Projects

WASHINGTON - Recently the Department of Veterans Affairs announced that it will use $685 million in funding from Congress to fund several State Veterans Home construction projects through the VA State Veterans Home Construction Grant Program.

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"Prescribed to Death" opioid memorial raises awareness of prescription drug crisis

On April 17, VA Acting Secretary Robert Wilkie visited the National Safety Council's 'Prescribed to Death' opioid memorial and recorded this video message.

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VA Open Application Programming Interface Pledge Gains Momentum to Shape a New Direction for Health Care

WASHINGTON - Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that to further accelerate the benefits of the VA Open Application Programming Interface (API) pledge, Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin has asked Dr. Rasu Shrestha,...

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Debunking the VA Privatization Myth

There is no effort underway to privatize VA and to suggest otherwise is completely false and a red herring designed to distract and avoid honest debate on the real issues surrounding Veterans' health care.

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VA Announces Changes to Improve Delivery of Specialty Rehabilitation and Prosthetic Services

WASHINGTON - With a commitment to ensure Veterans receive quicker access to specialty rehabilitation services and equipment, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently implemented a rapid response team to expand staffing and training, increase communication directly with Veterans...

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VA Hosts First Women-Owned, Small Business Industry Day

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced it will host an industry day on March 28 in Springfield, Virginia, aimed at attracting Women-Owned Small Businesses (WOSB) to learn more about initiating and conducting business with VA.

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Applications Opening Soon for 2018 National Veterans Golden Age Games

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will begin accepting applications on April 2 from Veterans interested in competing in the 2018 National Veterans Golden Age Games in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Aug. 3-8.

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VA and U.S. Digital Service Launch New Web Tool to Help Veterans Track their Benefits Appeals

WASHINGTON - Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the U.S Digital Service announced their launch of an improved Appeals Status tool to increase transparency and enable Veterans to track the progress of their benefits claims appeals.

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VA Takes Decisive Actions to Move off GAO High-Risk List

WASHINGTON - Recently the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced actions it will take to address challenges and issues identified by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) when it placed VA on its High-Risk List. The move is designed to...

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VA to host Nationwide 'Baby Shower' for Mother's Day

WASHINGTON - To honor and support Veterans welcoming new children into their families in 2018, 60 U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Centers (VAMC) around the country will host baby showers between May 5-16, the weeks surrounding Mother's Day,...

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Statement by Acting VA Secretary Robert Wilkie – Congress Must Pass Choice Bill Now to Give Best Care Options to our Veterans

Today marks four years since the disastrous wait-time scandal in Phoenix came to light, where long wait times at the Phoenix VA and at other department facilities nationwide led to unconscionable delays in receiving care.

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VA Takes Significant Step in Improving Correspondence With Veterans

WASHINGTON - As part of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) ongoing improvement of managing taxpayer dollars, the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) has deployed the Centralized Benefits Communications Management Program (CBCM) nationally.

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VA Updates and Improves Assistance Program for Transitioning Service Members

WASHINGTON - As part of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) ongoing efforts to help transitioning service members navigate and understand VA's various benefits, the agency recently updated VA's briefing portion of the Transition Assistance Program (TAP) - an...

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OFCCP Funding to Remain at Same Level

In the new spending bill passed by Congress and approved by President Trump last week, OFCCP will receive essentially the amount of funding as it has in previous years.  As signed by the President, the budget has $103,476,000 allocated to OFCCP,...

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OFCCP Reduces Veteran Hiring Benchmark

OFCCP has announced the new Veteran Hiring benchmark will be 6.4% effective March 31, 2018.  Affirmative Action Plans in effect until the March 31, 2018 date should utilize the prior year’s benchmark of 6.7%. The benchmark has steadily declined since...

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OFCCP Wants Your Feedback

If you’ve e-mailed anything to OFCCP in connection with a compliance review in the past 5 years you likely received a message recently letting you know about OFCCP’s upcoming survey.  As it did several years ago, OFCCP will be asking a select...

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Scheduling Letters Are In the Mail

When the Agency mailed the most recent round of CSALs in February 2018, it reported it would wait until March 19, 2018 to start issuing Scheduling Letters.  True to their word, we have learned that Scheduling Letters have started arriving, at least in some areas...

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How We Show Appreciation for Our Military

Body:  A veteran checks out the Labor Department's online resources.   Bradley served 10 years in the U.S. Army as a military police officer, but when he left, the civilian job market he found was less friendly than the one...

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Transitioning from Service: Employment and Retirement Planning

Body:  Transitioning to civilian employment? We've got resources to help veterans today, and in the future.   Here at the Department of Labor we’re empowering transitioning service members to make informed decisions as they move into successful civilian careers. Developing...

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