Agency News: Veterans Affairs


VA IT budget to get a boost in House spending bill

The Veterans Affairs Department's information technology budget gets a hefty raise next year under a proposal released by the House Appropriations Committee.

Federal agency CIOs squeeze savings from IT spending

CIO shares successful savings strategies.

Lisa Doyle

Warriors to Workforce program gives vets a second chance

The VA Acquisition Academy's Lisa Doyle created the Warriors to Workforce program to train wounded veterans to become acquisition professionals.

VA resumes reverse auctions, but questions linger

Updated guidelines on reverse auctions require contracting officers to show how they benefit the agency's bottom line.

VA takes next steps on digital health record system

The Veterans Affairs Department has awarded a new contract for development of a joint platform for an electronic health record system with the Defense Department.

VA official explains decision to halt reverse auctions

Jan Frye says reverse auctions seem to have allowed contracting officers to take a lax approach to their work.

Technology speeds VA effort to cut claims backlog

A Veterans Benefits Administration official testified to a House committee that the agency is on the right track toward meetings its goal of eliminating the claims backlog.

VA pushes relationship repair with industry suppliers

The Veterans Affairs Department is leading the charge to improve procurement through better communication with industry.

OMB ups the ante on improper payments

Agencies are asked to plan ahead to implement "Do Not Pay" tool into existing operations.

White House discloses administrative costs for innovation contests

A progress report on innovation challenges released by the White House indicates that some federal agencies are paying for contractor assistance in administering the challenges.

FISMA noncompliance leaves VA vulnerable

Audit finds Veterans Affairs Department has made strides, but is still not meeting FISMA directives with its information security program.

VA cancels component of Microsoft licensing agreement

VA CIO Roger Baker pulled the plug on a deal in which the agency pays annual fees to get discounted upgrades.

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