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Graphic saying New Secretary McDonald Issues Message to VA Employees - Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald today released the following message to VA employees: MESSAGE FROM SECRETARY McDONALD I am grateful to President Obama and to Congress for this opportunity to join the dedicated employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and I am honored to serve as your Secretary and lead VA. We are immensely fortunate to work in an organization with the noblest and most respected mission in Government—serving this Nation’s Veterans.  (7/31/14)

Graphic saying New VA Releases Latest Facility-Level Patient Access Data - 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. (7/31/14)

Graphic saying New VA Proposes Removal of Employees Who Manipulated Data - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today proposed a series of disciplinary actions against six employees at Department facilities in Cheyenne, Wyo., and Fort Collins, Colo. These actions are a part of VA’s effort to rebuild the trust of America’s Veterans. (7/29/14)

Graphic saying New Acting Secretary Gibson Outlines Progress in Phoenix - As part of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Accelerating Access to Care Initiative, the Phoenix VA Health Care System has reached out to more than 5,000 Veterans to coordinate the acceleration of their care.  (7/28/14)

Graphic saying New Actions taken to improve health care in Phoenix - Acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs Sloan D. Gibson today told members of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has taken action on the four recommendations made in the Interim Report of the Office of Inspector General for the Phoenix VA Health Care System. (7/24/14)

Graphic saying New VA Announces $8 Million in Grants for New Adaptive Sports for Disabled Veterans - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced the availability of up to $8 million in grant funding to provide adaptive sports opportunities for disabled Veterans and disabled members of the Armed Forces; adaptive sports are those sports that have been created or modified for persons with disabilities. (7/24/14)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)



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