Agency News: Veterans Affairs


GAO: Agencies question usefulness of contract inventories

Some agency officials fear their in-depth inventories of service contracts will turn out to be useful to no one due to funding, manpower shortages.

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Common VA-DOD health record interface nearing completion

VA and DOD senior officials updated a Senate committee on progress on their joint common electronic health record platform on May 18.

VA expects to save $16B by going open source for health records

VA CIO Roger Baker said choosing open source to modernize VA's digital health records system will help the department avoid spending $16 billion on a commercial solution.

Veteran takes it to VA -- from the inside

The Veterans Affairs Department has hired veteran and blogger Alex Horton -- one of its most vocal critics -- to critique the agency from the inside.

VA CIO describes cloud, Blue Button and EHR programs

A Veterans Affairs Department official outlined some of the department's major IT programs at an industry event.

VA's Baker says VA, DOD digital record systems will morph into joint system

Roger Baker, the Veterans Affairs Department's assistant secretary for information and technology, offered some details about how the VA and Defense Department are going to meld their digital medical record systems.

VA, DOD create mobile app for PTSD treatment, support

The Veterans Affairs and Defense departments have released a new mobile application designed to help veterans and service members suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

VA contracting officers may face penalty for poor recordkeeping

A senior Veterans Affairs Department official plans to propose a penalty for contracting officers if they don't file contracting information into the VA's database.

Costs jumped on VA's Wi-Fi contract, IG says

The Veterans Affairs Department rushed through procuring Wi-Fi at 236 VA facilities, according to a new report from the Office of Inspector General.

VA would keep 97 percent of employees working during shutdown

The Veterans Affairs Department released a contingency plan and field guide today describing what steps will be taken in the event of a government shutdown.

VA CIO erred in firing Martinez, judge rules

An administrative judge has reversed a decision by Veterans Affairs Department CIO Roger Baker that removed a VA deputy assistant secretary from her job.