What's Being Done to Stop VA Mismanagement

President Obama has vowed to get to the bottom of lapses in treatment at Veterans Affairs Department-managed health care facilities nationwide, and to hold VA employees responsible if allegations of secret waiting lists and falsified documents prove true. Look here for our latest coverage.  

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Navy Cmdr. James Lawler, right, a member of the Defense Department medical support team, shows students how to remove their personal protective equipment during training in San Antonio last week.

What the Decline in Public Trust Means for Government

October 27, 2014 The lack of faith spreads from elected officials to federal institutions.

How to Keep Your Agency Out of the Headlines

August 12, 2014 Don't let a crisis of leadership drag down your organization's performance.

What We Talk About When We Talk About the VA

August 1, 2014 At least some of the emphasis should be on what VA is doing right.

Department of Veterans Affairs Acting Secretary Sloan Gibson

Expedited Firing Is VA Chief’s No. 1 Priority, But Bill to Allow That Is in Limbo

July 24, 2014 Divide over additional funding for the department threatens House-Senate conference negotiations.

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.

Senators Want VA Wait List Manipulators to Give Back Their Bonuses

July 8, 2014 Federal employee advocates question legality, say process in place to ensure fairness.

What Does Running the VA Have to Do With Selling Soap?

July 2, 2014 From Procter & Gamble to one of government’s biggest bureaucracies.

Former Procter and Gamble executive Robert McDonald, President Barack Obama's nominee as the next Veterans Affairs secretary

The Four Biggest Challenges the Next VA Secretary Faces

June 30, 2014 McDonald will inherit a scandal-plagued department with few easy fixes.

Whistleblowing Can Also Put Pay and Benefits At Risk

June 30, 2014 VA nurse manager in New York was threatened with unpaid suspension after voicing concerns about patient care and retaliation.

Chart: The Benefits Claims That Are Flying Under the Radar at VA

June 27, 2014 Disability claims aren't the only ones clogging up the system.

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla.

VA Conferees Agree on One Thing: Fire More Bureaucrats

June 24, 2014 Lawmakers still must bridge major divides before they’ll be able to agree on reform bill.

VA 'Brought Patients Back to Life' to Disguise Wait List Deaths

June 24, 2014 Phoenix records were altered at least seven times since last October, clerk tells CNN.

Acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs Sloan Gibson

Special Counsel Faults VA’s Reports on Quality of Patient Care

June 23, 2014 Acting secretary responds to whistleblowers with 14-day medical office review.

Senate Majority Leader Promises Immediate Action on VA Reforms

June 9, 2014 Reid says the chamber will vote as soon as a bill is ready.

Now Is the Time to Fix VA Executive Pay

June 9, 2014 The SES pay system will make it difficult to attract needed talent.

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.

The Senate Has a Deal to Fix the VA. What’s Next?

June 6, 2014 Lawmakers still have many options to consider.

"I think all of us have been appalled by what we read about what happened in Phoenix and in other locations," Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., said.

Senators Reach Deal on Bill to Make it Easier to Fire VA Execs

June 5, 2014 Measure also includes provisions aimed at reducing veterans' wait times for care.

Last month, Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki  testified before the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee. He has since resigned his position.

In Wake of Scandal, VA Nominees Stuck in Senate Limbo

June 4, 2014 Key jobs remain vacant as the Senate deals with treatment of veterans and a backlog of nominees.

Sure, he looks calm in his presidential portrait, but President Harding was not afraid to choke federal officials.

At Least Eric Shinseki Didn’t Get Choked by the President

June 2, 2014 That was the fate suffered by the first head of the Veterans Bureau.

Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., will soon introduce a bill to allow veterans to sue VA workers who tampered with health records.

Senator Wants to Make It Easier to Sue VA Employees, Take Their Money

May 28, 2014 Republican’s proposal also would remove red tape from firing workers involved in latest scandal.

Army Removes the Commander of Fort Bragg's Hospital Following Patient Deaths

May 28, 2014 Two patients in their 20s died unexpectedly after being treated at the facility.

VA Resets Patient Waiting List Policies

May 28, 2014 Department will return to 30-day waiting lists before outsourcing appointments to non-VA facilities.

No, the VA Is Not an Obamacare Preview

May 27, 2014 The Veterans Affairs system is completely different from Obamacare.

Obama Vows to Hold Veterans Affairs Employees Accountable if Allegations Are True

May 21, 2014 The president called reports of mismanagement of veterans' medical care 'disgraceful,' but stands by the department's secretary.

The VA Is a Disgrace. Is Obama to Blame?

May 20, 2014 Obama, Bush, Congress, and presidents going back to JFK all bear some of the responsibility.

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki listens at left as Veterans Affairs acting Inspector General Richard Griffin testifies Thursday.

House to Vote on Firing VA Senior Execs

May 16, 2014 A bill that would enhance the department secretary’s authority to sack poor performers at scandal-plagued VA hits the floor Wednesday.

Executive at Center of VA Patient Scheduling Debacle Resigns

May 16, 2014 Dr. Robert Petzel was the department’s undersecretary for health.

For Democrats, VA Problems Pose a Real Political Threat

May 16, 2014 The burgeoning scandal at VA may have legs.

The Phoenix VA Health Care Center has come under scrutiny after allegations of gross mismanagement and neglect.

Advocacy Groups Offer VA Whistleblowers a New Outlet

May 15, 2014 Website allows employees to air complaints of wrongdoing; investigators will try to follow up.

Obama Has Every Reason to Fix the VA. Why Hasn't He?

May 15, 2014 The candidate made taking care of veterans a pledge and a priority.

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki

What to Expect at Thursday’s Senate Hearing on VA Deaths

May 14, 2014 Shinseki unlikely to heed calls that he step down as IG probe continues.

A wheelchair sits outside the Atlanta VA Medical Center, Friday, May 24, 2013.

Republicans Want to Fire Someone to Stop Preventable Veteran Deaths

April 10, 2014 But VA officials warn against widespread punishment for what they see as a limited problem.

Air Force veteran Linda Stanley, joins others to place 1,892 flags representing veteran and service members who have died by suicide to date in 2014.

How Can Government Battle a 'Suicide Epidemic' Among Veterans?

April 3, 2014 One hurdle is paying for measures improving mental health care.

How VA Is Using Big Data to Keep Patients Out of the Hospital

December 23, 2013 Doctors combine assessment tools and analytics to address high-risk cases early.

House Backs Bill to Cut VA Bonuses

October 29, 2013 Democrat-sponsored legislation would cap performance award budget at $345 million annually.

Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla.

Lawmakers Highlight Poor-Performing VA Execs Awarded Bonuses

September 5, 2013 House Veterans' Affairs Committee launches website to hold managers accountable.

Court Rules Veterans Affairs Must Give Benefits to Gay Spouses

August 30, 2013 Ruling cites Supreme Court's rejection of DOMA.

Suspended and Unlicensed VA Physicians Receive Pay Bonuses

August 23, 2013 Every physician in GAO's random sample received performance pay.

VA Senior Pay in 2014 Uncertain

July 19, 2013 House and Senate spending bills differ on proposed pay cut, bonus freeze for top officials.

Sens. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., right, and Jon Tester, D-Mont., called the notification from the department “inappropriate for the task at hand given the enormity and sensitivity of this issue.”

Senators Criticize VA Approach to Reviewing Sexual Assault Claims

June 25, 2013 Department’s letter to vets is 'inappropriate' given sensitivity of the issue, say lawmakers.