Veterans' access to healthcare is threatened by a technicality in how the Congressional Budget Office views Veterans Affairs Department leases, Robert Petzel, the department's undersecretary for health, said at a House hearing June 27.
Significant deficiencies in configuration management and identity management pervaded Veterans Affairs Department information technology during the last fiscal year, says an audit commissioned by the department's office of inspector general.
An information technology contractor working with the Internal Revenue Service faced congressional questioning July 26, in a hearing that highlighted ways at least one contractor gamed the system through a variety of techniques, although actual criminal violations are still unclear.
The Veterans Affairs and Defense departments are working on a mobile application that will complement the integrated electronic health record, said Kathleen Frisbee, director of web and mobile solutions at VA.
The Democrat-controlled Senate Appropriations Committee released a $1.06 trillion discretionary spending plan (.pdf) for the coming fiscal year. That's $100 billion less in discretionary spending than President Obama's $1.16 trillion discretionary spending request (.pdf) and $87.4 billion less than the House's $972.6 billion plan (.pdf).
The Senate Appropriations committee voted 23-6 to approve the fiscal 2014 military construction and Veterans Affairs bill on June 20. The bill would provide $74.4 billion in discretionary funding and $84.5 billion in mandatory funding.
The Veterans Affairs Department cleared almost all disability claims that were older than two years, a June 20 statement by the VA says. About 97 percent of claims were cleared due to mandatory overtime for claims workers and an initiative launched in April to expedite those claims that have been on the books for more than two years.
Veterans Affairs Department information technology spending would receive $3.7 billion in the coming fiscal year under a spending bill marked up June 18 by the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on military construction and veterans affairs.
Congress should establish a commission to evaluate the multi-step process for appealing a disability claim against the time it takes the system to reach a verdict, Chief Judge U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims Bruce Kasold told the House Veterans' Affairs subcommittee on disability assistance and memorial affairs in a June 18 hearing.
The Senate Appropriations Military Construction and Veterans Affairs subcommittee marked up a $158.8 billion fiscal 2014 military construction and VA bill June 18 that provides $74.4 billion in discretionary funding and $84.5 billion in mandatory funding. Discretionary funding in the bill is $2.5 billion more than fiscal 2013 enacted levels.