VA Hosts Annual Brain Trust Event in Boston

Designed to promote forward-thinking dialogue and innovative collaboration among private industry as well as national professional sports organizations around the issue of brain health, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is hosting its second annual Brain Trust: Pathways to InnoVAtion summit, which kicked off today at Harvard University. With more than 350 invited attendees, the […]

VA Announces Contract Award for Program for a Faster Care Mobile App for Veterans to Schedule Medical Appointments

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently awarded a contract for a commercially available, off-the-shelf online patient self-scheduling system through a mobile application, or app, that will help improve access to care for Veterans. Awarded to Document Storage Systems on April 14, the contract supports the Faster Care for Veterans Act of 2016, which requires […]

RAO Bulletin Update 15 May 2017

This bulletin contains the following articles: DoD 04 == DFAS Address Change ————- (Shift From Kentucky to Indiana) 05 == DFAS myPay System [18] ———- (Beware Bogus email Messages) 05 == USFSPA & DFAS ———————— (Notice Of Statutory Change) 06 == DoD Pro Sports Policy ———————- (Revised | No Deferments) 07 == DoD Procurement – […]

Statement by VA Secretary Dr. David Shulkin on introduction of S. 1094, the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017

I applaud Chairman Isakson, Senator Rubio and Ranking Member Tester for introducing S. 1094, the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017, among other co-sponsors. Together with similar House-passed legislation sponsored by House Veterans Affairs’ Chairman Phil Roe, I have increasing confidence Congress will provide me and future Secretaries the authority […]

Secretary David Shulkin Announces Establishment of Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection and Names Peter O’Rourke as its Senior Advisor and Executive Director

Today U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin announced that he has established the Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection in the Department, and that Peter O’Rourke will serve as Senior Advisor and Executive Director of the Office, reporting directly to the Secretary. This announcement implements the requirements in President Trump’s Executive Order signed […]

Legion calls for immediate rescheduling of Choice hearing

The leader of the nation’s largest veterans organization called on the Senate Veteran’s Affairs Committee to reschedule a hearing on the improvement of the Choice Health Care Program for veterans. A hearing that was scheduled for today did not occur. “The Choice program is critical to the health care of our veterans,” said American Legion […]

VA Announces Short-Term Extension of Strategic Review of Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers

Today, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced a six-week extension of the strategic review of its Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers. On April 17, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced a decision to temporarily halt certain revocations from the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers because of concerns about […]

VA, VFW and Walgreens Collaborate to Enhance Veterans’ Access to Mental Health Resources

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and drugstore chain Walgreens announced a collaborative agreement May 6, which will help improve mental health care for Veterans through enhanced education, access to resources and outreach. VA, VFW and Walgreens will work together to reach Veterans in communities across the country […]

VA Announces Adoption of American Cancer Society Mammogram Screening Guidelines

Today, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced it is adopting American Cancer Society (ACS) breast cancer screening guidelines that give women a choice to begin screening at age 40. The guidelines also recommend starting yearly mammograms by age 45 and then every other year from age 55. The guidelines apply to women at average […]