VA to receive new Fisher Houses in Michigan, Colorado and Nebraska, which offer temporary lodging to Veterans' families and caregivers

Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that Fisher House Foundation plans to construct three new 16-suite Fisher Houses at VA campuses in Ann Arbor, Michigan; Aurora, Colorado; and Omaha, Nebraska that will provide temporary accommodations for the...

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VA's Rapid Appeals Modernization Program to end ahead of implementation of new Veteran appeals law

Today, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced it will discontinue the Rapid Appeals Modernization Program (RAMP), which provided eligible Veterans with early resolutions to their appealed claims, ahead of full implementation of the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization...

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OFCCP Releases New Enterprise-wide Voluntary Compliance Program

On the eve of St. Valentine’s Day, OFCCP is wanting contractors to feel the love.  In its fourth directive of fiscal year 2019, OFCCP has unveiled a Voluntary Enterprise-wide Review Program, otherwise referred to as VERP.  Directive 2019-04 states VERP...

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VA seeks training providers to ready Veterans for high-tech careers

Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced it is inviting training providers to participate in a new pilot program to prepare Veterans for careers in the high-tech workforce.

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OFCCP Receives Approval for Section 503 Focused Review Scheduling Letter

Last August we reported on OFCCP’s announcement  (DIR 2018-04) that starting in 2019 it would be conducting truncated “Focused Reviews” that centered on compliance with AAP requirements under Section 503 (Individuals with Disabilities) and VEVRAA (Veterans). If everything goes according to...

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Applications opening soon for 2019 National Veterans Golden Age Games: Anchorage, Alaska, event kicks off June 5

Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it will begin accepting applicants on Feb. 25 for the 2018 National Veterans Golden Age Games, scheduled to take place June 5-10 in Anchorage, Alaska.

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Registration opens for 2019 National Veterans Wheelchair Games: Event to be held July 11-16 in Louisville, KY

WASHINGTON - Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that Veterans interested in registering for the 2019 National Veterans Wheelchair Games can do so online Jan. 7 through April 15.

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VA to provide capability for Veterans to access their VA health data on Apple iPhones

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will release new capabilities this summer providing Veterans who receive care at VA with the ability to access their personal medical data using the Health Records on iPhone feature from Apple.

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Statement on the passing of Congressman Walter B. Jones Jr. of North Carolina

It is with great sadness that we mark the passing of Congressman Walter Jones. For over fifty years Congressman Jones and his father tirelessly represented the United States Marines at Camp Lejeune and Cherry Point and thousands of Veterans across...

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VA announces mortality data collaboration with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

WASHINGTON - Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced the recent start of a new partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to improve public health surveillance data.

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VA exceeds 1 million video telehealth visits in FY2018: One-year achievement represents a 19% increase over previous year

WASHINGTON - Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it has reached a telehealth milestone, achieving more than 1 million video telehealth visits in one fiscal year (FY18), a 19 percent increase in video telehealth visits over...

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VA launches collaborative training initiative to improve customer service for Veteran claims and appeals

WASHINGTON - Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it recently launched a new customer service training initiative for employees to improve VA's claims and appeals process.

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Veterans Benefits Administration announces district realignment

WASHINGTON - Today, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) announced a geographic restructuring, from five districts to four, a change that will align regional offices and special missions more evenly.

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The Wall Street Journal endorses VA's proposed community care access standards

WASHINGTON - The Wall Street Journal endorsed VA's recently announced proposed access standards for community care in an editorial published today.

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VA providing unprecedented transparency to Congress

Today VA announced that the department is providing a new and unprecedented level of transparency to lawmakers in Congress. For years under previous administrations, Congressional critics have taken the department to task for not providing enough information to the legislative...

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Four former VA secretaries strongly back VA's proposed community care access standards, reject predictable, false privatization claims

In an opinion editorial published by FOX News today, four former VA Secretaries who served under Presidents Bush and Obama backed VA's proposed community care access standards that are part of the MISSION Act.

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EEO-1 Filing Deadline Extended

The EEOC announced on February 1, 2019 that due to the partial government shutdown, the 2018 EEO-1 filing  portal will open “in early March” for filing of 2018 reports.  As a result of the delayed opening, EEOC has extended the filing deadline...

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VA urges communities to recognize hospitalized Veterans during ‘National Salute to Veteran Patients' week

WASHINGTON - Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that, as part of an effort to honor hospitalized Veterans, it will mark National Salute to Veteran Patients from Feb. 10-16 by encouraging communities to seek out opportunities to...

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VA announces broad suicide prevention partnership and safe firearm storage partnership

WASHINGTON - Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it has recently formalized two partnerships aimed at preventing Veteran suicide.

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VA announces access standards for health care

Today the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced its proposed access standards for community care and urgent care provisions that will take effect in June and guide when Veterans can seek care to meet their needs under the MISSION Act...

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Secretary Wilkie: Revolutionizing VA Health Care

This week, as part of VA's implementation of the MISSION Act, the department will introduce long-awaited access standards on community care and urgent care that will take effect in June and guide when Veterans can seek care to meet their...

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OFCCP Opinion Letters – The Agency Wants To Answer Contractors’ Questions

As part of OFCCP’s continuing efforts at transparency, the Agency in late-November 2018 issued a Directive stating it would develop “a dynamic and searchable publically available source of Help Desk questions and answers to assist contractors.”  Moreover, the Directive announced...

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VA wait times for new appointments equal to or better than those in private sector: JAMA study compared four VA specialty care services with private care

WASHINGTON - A study published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) shows VA significantly reduced wait times for Veteran patients in primary care and three specialty care services between 2014 and 2017.

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OFCCP Looking to Hire for Ombudsperson

by Laura A. Mitchell and James D. Mackey As OFCCP heads into 2019, with an official Director in place, the Agency is looking towards implement many of its new Directives released in the second half of 2018. Back in September,...

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VA to implement appeals modernization in February: Act will simplify process for how Veterans make claims appeals

WASHINGTON - Today the U.S. Department of Veterans' Affairs (VA) announced that the Federal Register will publish on Jan. 18 regulations accompanying the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017 (AMA), which will help Veterans experience a more transparent...

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VA partners with DHS to expand Veteran suicide prevention efforts

WASHINGTON -The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently announced its partnership with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to bolster Veteran suicide prevention initiatives.

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VA Partners with CaringBridge

WASHINGTON - Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it has partnered with CaringBridge, a global nonprofit social network, to aid in Veterans' connection and communication with their support communities.

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VA continues expansion of integrated network system to enable health care staff to share best practice uses of department's 3D printing capabilities

WASHINGTON - Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it continues to expand its national integrated virtual 3D printing network that began January 2017 at VA's Puget Sound Healthcare System, growing it from just three hospitals with...

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VA, Health and Human Services announce Governor's Challenge to Prevent Suicide

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will convene for the inaugural Governor's Challenge to Prevent Suicide among Service Members, Veterans...

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Sec. Wilkie to Govt. Union: Stop Exploiting Veteran Suicide

Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released a letter from Secretary Robert Wilkie to American Federation of Government Employees President J. David Cox

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VA Making Great Strides on Suicide Prevention for Veterans

The department is making great strides in our top clinical priority --suicide prevention -- and in improving mental health care for Veterans

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VA announces new director of the Office of Transition and Economic Development

Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced the appointment of Cheryl J. Rawls to serve as the executive director of the Office of Transition and Economic Development

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VA awards Community Care Network contracts to increase health care access

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) awarded contracts Dec. 28 to manage provider networks for Regions 1, 2 and 3 of VA's new Community Care Network (CCN), the department's direct link with community providers that will ensure...

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VA partners with The Independence Fund to help prevent Veteran suicide

WASHINGTON - Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced its partnership with The Independence Fund to provide wellness and mental health education to Veterans, caregivers and families.

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Registration opens for 2019 National Veterans Wheelchair Games

WASHINGTON - Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that Veterans interested in registering for the 2019 National Veterans Wheelchair Games can do so online Jan. 7 through April 15.

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Little Rock, Arkansas, becomes latest community to declare effective end to Veteran homelessness

WASHINGTON - Today, the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced the recent effective end of Veteran homelessness in the municipality of Little Rock, Arkansas, bringing the U.S. another step closer to ending Veteran homelessness nationwide.

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VA and the American Physical Therapy Association form partnership to support Veterans' health

WASHINGTON - Today, the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it recently established a partnership with the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) to promote and support Veterans by providing new physical therapy resources.

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Craig Leen to Officially Head Up OFCCP

As reported by Bloomberg Law, and reflected on OFCCP’s website, former OFCCP Acting Director Craig Leen has now been formally named Director of OFCCP.  Since being placed in the acting role this past Summer when the position was vacated by Ondray Harris,...

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Secretary Wilkie: VA not affected in the event of partial government shutdown

WASHINGTON - In light of the possibility of a partial federal government shutdown, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert Wilkie released the following statement:

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VA announces moratorium on discharges and decreases from comprehensive caregiver program

WASHINGTON - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today that it will temporarily suspend discharges and decreases in level of support from its Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers because of continued concerns expressed by Veterans, caregivers and...

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DOL Announces Recipients of HIRE Vets Demonstration Award

By James D. Mackey In preparation for the 2019 launch of its veteran hiring initiative, the Department of Labor announced a list of award recipients for its pilot “HIRE VETS Medallion Program Demonstration Award” on Wednesday, December 19. President Trump...

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VA assists GI Bill beneficiaries with Education Corporation of America closure

WASHINGTON -The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will assist GI Bill® students affected by the December closure of Education Corporation of America's (ECA) approximately 70 campuses.

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VBA adjusts Veteran Signals survey of education beneficiaries

Today the VA announced that it will adjust its Veteran Signals survey of education beneficiaries schedule to ensure thorough analysis of its recently completed 2018 survey

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Holiday wreaths honor Veterans at VA national cemeteries

Over the past week, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) honored Veterans by working with community and Veterans Service Organization volunteers to place holiday wreaths at VA national cemeteries in remembrance of the military branches and Veterans' service and...

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FY 2018 survey shows increased trust from Veterans in VA hospitals

WASHINGTON - The results of a recent U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) customer experience feedback survey showed an average 2.4 percent increase in Veteran trust of VA hospitals during fiscal year (FY) 2018.

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Senior VA leader receives prestigious presidential award for service

A senior leader with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) was recently presented with the nation's highest civilian career leadership award for her extraordinary commitment and service to Veterans on behalf of the department.

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VA receives 20th consecutive clean audit opinion

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently received its 20th consecutive clean audit opinion on the consolidated financial statements presented in its Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Agency Financial Report.

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‘Tis the Season for Budget Negotiations: What is the Potential Impact of Another Government Shutdown?

By Tiffany Buckley-Norwood With less than a week left on the December 21st deadline to reach a spending deal and avoid another government shutdown, tensions are high in Washington D.C.  On Tuesday, President Trump stated he would refuse to sign...

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VA hospitals outperform private hospitals in most markets, according to Dartmouth study

According to an independent Dartmouth study recently published this week in Annals of Internal Medicine, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals outperform private hospitals in most health care markets throughout the country.

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VA ranked 6 out of 18 federal government agencies in ‘Best Places to Work' annual tabulation

Today the Partnership for Public Service's ranked VA 6th among the 17 largest federal government organizations in 2018 in the organization's annual ‘Best Places to Work' tabulation.

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VA selects 10 Patient Safety Centers of Inquiry for special funding

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is funding 10 VA Patient Safety Centers of Inquiry (PSCI) over the next three years (2019-2021) to develop innovations to improve patient safety throughout VA.

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VA updates disability rating schedule related to hematologic and lymphatic systems

WASHINGTON - Effective Dec. 9, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) updated portions of the VA Schedule for Rating Disabilities (VASRD or Rating Schedule) that evaluates the hematologic and lymphatic systems.

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VA announces new Veterans Health Application Programming Interface

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently launched its first Health Application Programming Interface (API) that will power the next generation of Blue Button features by enabling Veterans to interact with their own personal health data within...

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VA hosts national telehealth summit to increase health care access for Veterans

WASHINGTON - Today, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is hosting the Anywhere to Anywhere, Together Summit at the United States Institute of Peace with the nation's top industry, government and non-profit leaders to increase connectivity and access to...

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OFCCP Continues Increased Transparency and Certainty by Announcing Use of Opinion Letters and Help Desk

By Laura A. Mitchell and James D. Mackey As we reported on Friday, November 30, OFCCP began it’s 2019 fiscal year by releasing a rash of new directives. On Monday, we looked at the rescission of Obama Administration’s Active Case...

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OFCCP Incentivizes Employers to Choose Early Resolution of Audits

By Scott M. Pechaitis and Sabrina L. Brown As we reported last Friday, OFCCP has kicked-off 2019 with a band – issuing three directives in a single day. Yesterday we reported on the first of three new Directives OFCCP issued...

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OFCCP Issues First Directive of FY 2019: Formally Rescinds Previous Enforcement Procedures

Elizabeth P. Hernandez contributed to this post. Last Friday, OFCCP kicked off the 2019 fiscal year with its first of three new Directives: “Directive 2019-01 – Compliance Review Procedures,” which rescinds the Obama Administration’s Active Case Enforcement (ACE) approach to audits...

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Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie – Statement on the Passing of President George H. W. Bush

'All of America's veterans are saddened by the passing of President George H. W. Bush. His courage in combat was special even during the war in the Pacific, where our forces demonstrated some of the highest levels of valor and...

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