VA statement on departure of VA Chief of Staff

Today VA announced that the department’s Chief of Staff Vivieca Wright Simpson has elected to retire following the release of a VA Inspector General investigation on Wednesday. VA also announced that it has opened a formal investigation into her actions identified in the IG report. President Trump has made clear that he expects VA leaders […]

For Women’s History Month, VA to Showcase Stories of 10 Women Veteran Athletes

From distance runners to cyclists, the stories of 10 women Veteran athletes will be displayed at U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Centers around the country in March, to coincide with Women’s History Month. “The Women Veteran Athletes Initiative will highlight the strength, diversity and resilience of women who served our country,” said VA […]

RAO Bulletin Update 15 February 2018

This bulletin contains the following articles: DoD 05 == Climate Change [03] —- (Impact on U.S. Military Sites) 05== BRAC [61] —- (Pentagon Skips Annual Request This Year) 06 == Commissary Funding [30] —- (Falling Sales | Will The Benefit Survive?) 08 == Pentagon Personnel Policy [02] —- (Harassing Behavior/Offensive Jokes Banned) 08 == Defense […]

President Trump Seeks $12B Increase in FY2019 VA Budget to Support Nation’s Veterans

In the fiscal year (FY) 2019 budget, President Trump is proposing a total of $198.6 billion for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). This request, an increase of $12.1 billion over 2018, will ensure the nation’s Veterans receive high-quality health care and timely access to benefits and services. The budget also continues to implement […]

VA, Department of Treasury Advance in Partnership to Strengthen Prevention of Fraud, Waste and Abuse

Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it has formed a partnership with the U.S. Department of Treasury to develop new and innovative tools to combat fraud, waste and abuse, efforts that will help VA understand and address program risks and create shared solutions for other federal agencies. “The VA-Treasury partnership demonstrates […]

VA Celebrates African-American Veterans throughout February

Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced several events in celebration of African American History Month. “All of our Veterans have a story to tell,” said VA Secretary Dr. David J. Shulkin. “It’s an honor to be able to celebrate the accomplishments of African-Americans who, despite myriad challenges, have made a profound, lasting […]

VA Announces Aggressive New Approach for Low-Performing Medical Centers

Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced steps that it is taking as part of an aggressive new approach to produce rapid improvements at VA’s low-performing medical facilities nationwide. VA defines its low-performing facilities as those medical centers that receive the lowest score in its SAIL star rating system, or a one-star rating out […]

VA Announces Leadership Changes at Roseburg (Oregon) Medical Center

Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that the Director of the Roseburg VA Health Care System, Doug Paxton, has stepped down and an interim replacement has been named.  This is a step aimed at improving care for Veterans served by Roseburg, which remains one of VA’s 15 lowest performing facilities. Mr. Paxton […]

Statement by VA Secretary David Shulkin — State of the Union

Under President Trump’s leadership, VA is engaged in the largest transformation and modernization effort in decades. As part of this effort, the department is tackling head-on issues that have lingered for years, including accountability, whistleblower protection, improving transparency and customer service for Veterans and expanding suicide prevention and mental health care services. As outlined in […]