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Graphic saying New Remarks of Acting Secretary Sloan D. Gibson During VFW Annual Convention - Acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs Sloan Gibson today spoke during the Veterans of Foreign Wars’ 115th National Convention.  (7/22/14)

Graphic saying New VA Continues to Accelerate Access to Veterans Health Care - Under the direction of Acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Sloan D. Gibson, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has taken significant steps to improve Veterans’ access to quality health care. In keeping with the commitment to improve transparency in the department’s processes, VA today released the latest update of facility-level patient access data. (7/17/14)

Graphic saying New Acting Secretary Gibson Outlines Problems, Actions Taken, and Budget Resources Needed to Ensure Access to Care - In testimony before the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, Acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs Sloan D. Gibson outlined serious problems regarding access to healthcare and key actions the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has taken to get Veterans off wait lists and into clinics. (7/16/14)

Graphic saying New VA Takes Action to Ensure Data Integrity of Disability Claims - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced several actions the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) is taking to ensure the integrity and accuracy of claims systems and processes. Under Secretary for Benefits Allison Hickey outlined the actions in testimony before the House Veterans Affairs Committee late Monday evening. (7/15/14)

Graphic saying New VA Meets with Veteran Service Organizations to Discuss Medical Appointment Scheduling System - Officials from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) met with Veteran Service Organizations (VSOs) today to discuss an upcoming acquisition to replace VA’s aging medical scheduling software. (7/15/14)

Graphic saying New Veterans Benefits Administration Processes One Millionth Claim in FY 2014 - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced that the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) has completed its one millionth disability claim in fiscal year 2014, and is on track to complete more than 1.3 million claims this year – ensuring that nearly 200,000 more Veterans will receive decisions on their disability claims than fiscal year 2013. Since 2011, VBA has been implementing the largest transformation in its history, fundamentally redesigning and streamlining the way it provides benefits and services to Veterans, their families and survivors. (7/14/14)

Graphic saying New VA Grants Will Expand Transportation in Highly Rural Areas - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the White House Rural Council today announced the award of eight grants, totaling $815,051.50, which will improve access to health care for Veterans living in highly rural areas. The grants will assist over 11,000 Veterans in seven states and 56 counties by providing up to $50,000 per highly rural area to fund transportation services for Veterans to and from VA medical centers and other facilities that provide VA care. The grants are part of a program authorized by Congress to help state Veterans Service Agencies (SVSAs) and Veterans Service Organizations (VSOs) operate or contract for transportation services to transport Veterans to VA medical centers and other facilities that provide VA care. (7/11/14)

VA Names Interim Director of the Office of Medical Inspector - In response to the Office of Special Counsel’s recent recommendations for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs Sloan Gibson today announced that Gerard R. Cox, MD, MHA will serve as Interim Director of the Office of Medical Inspector (OMI). (7/10/14)

VA To Restructure Office of Medical Inspector - In response to the Office of Special Counsel’s recent recommendations for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs Sloan Gibson today announced VA will restructure the Department’s Office of Medical Inspector (OMI) to better serve Veterans. (7/8/14)

New Regulations Automate Burial Payments for Veterans’ Survivors - New burial regulations effective today will now allow the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to automatically pay the maximum amount allowable under law to most eligible surviving spouses more quickly and efficiently, without the need for a written application. (7/7/14)

VA Releases Latest Nationwide Data on Access to Veterans Health Care - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today released its bi-monthly data update showing progress on VA efforts to accelerate access to quality health care for Veterans who have been waiting for appointments.  (7/3/14)

VA Directs Monthly Meetings Between Local Health Facilities, Veterans Service Organizations in All 50 States - Acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs Sloan Gibson met with the leadership of 26 Military and Veterans Service Organizations (MSOs and VSOs) to reaffirm his commitment to work together to address the unacceptable, systemic problems in accessing VA healthcare. (7/2/14)

Acting Secretary Gibson Meets with Special Counsel on Whistleblower Protections - Acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs Sloan Gibson met with Carolyn Lerner, Special Counsel of the United States Office of Special Counsel, following the Office’s letter to the President regarding VA whistleblowers.  (7/2/14)

Statement from Acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs Sloan D. Gibson - Acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs Sloan D. Gibson today released the following statement after President Obama’s announcement that he intends to nominate former Proctor & Gamble chief executive Robert A. McDonald to be the next Secretary of Veterans Affairs. (6/30/14)

Statement from Acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs Sloan D. Gibson - WASHINGTON – Acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs Sloan D. Gibson today made the following statement after meeting with President Obama and White House Deputy Chief of Staff Rob Nabors. (6/27/14)



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