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September 3, 2013

By Andre Francisco

House Committee Launches VA Accountability Website



Veterans Affairs Seal In an effort to highlight some of the accountability and oversight issues at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), a House committee has launched a new page called VA Accountability Watch.

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Topics: Government Accountability

May 23, 2013

By Andre Francisco

Hagel Orders Pentagon to Buy New Software for Heath Records



Chuck Hagel Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has ordered the Pentagon to buy a new healthcare management system to better communicate with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), according to an article in The Washington Post.

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Topics: Public Health and Science

May 7, 2013

By Mia Steinle

VA Medical Construction Over Budget, Behind Schedule



Veterans Affairs Seal The Department of Veterans Affairs’ largest construction projects are, on average, $366 million over budget and almost three years behind schedule, the Government Accountability Office told Congress.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

April 23, 2013

By Andre Francisco

How the VA Got This Bad



Disabled Veterans The spotlight of public scrutiny has turned to the staggering backlog of disability claims at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), but how did the backlog get this big?

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Topics: Public Health and Science

April 19, 2013

By Ben Freeman, Ph. D.

Veterans Affairs Announces Plan to Reduce Claims Backlog



National Security Responding to withering criticism, the VA says veterans who have been waiting a year or more for disability benefits will be bumped to the head of the line for eligibility determinations.

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Topics: Government Accountability

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