Agency News: Veterans Affairs


VA to secure 50,000 networked medical devices

The Veterans Affairs Department is making a special push to isolate and secure its 50,000 online medical devices this year, said CIO Roger Baker.

VA IT official defends work on data protection

Roger Baker, assistant secretary for information and technology at the Veterans Affairs Department, tells a House panel about work to prevent more data breaches.

Vets poorly served by VA call centers, audit finds

Callers to the Veterans Benefits Administration reach an agent and obtain accurate information only 49 percent of the time, an audit says.

Bill would create Web portal for veterans' records

Rep. Niki Tsongas has introduced legislation to enable veterans to access their service records electronically through a Web portal.

Is open source the cure for what ails VA's e-records?

An industry group convened by VA CIO Roger Baker is advising that VistA move to an open source platform and phase out MUMPS.

VA exceeds contracting goals for veteran-owned businesses, GAO says

The Veterans Affairs Department surpassed its goals for contracting with companies owned by veterans during the last three years, GAO reports.

VA weeds out poorly performing programs

Veterans Affairs CIO Roger Baker drew widespread attention when he suspended 45 underperforming IT projects under the Program Management Accountability System. Baker recently spoke with FCW about PMAS and other issues.

VA fiduciary management system is inadequate, GAO says

The Veterans Affairs Department's case management system for overseeing fiduciaries for 103,000 disabled veterans is not up to the job, the GAO says.

CIOs turns to portfolio management to get IT efforts under control

CIOs from the Homeland Security and Veterans Affairs departments and the Social Security Administration are looking to foster teamwork across traditional boundaries.

VA suspends spending on 188 IT projects

The Veterans Affairs Department has extended its program management system to all 280 IT projects and suspended spending on two-thirds of them.

VA health IT study comes with caveat, researcher says

A researcher of a recent study said the Veterans Affairs Department may have saved billions of dollars from using health IT, but the actual savings are not known.

VA highlights IT innovation, crowdsourcing in open government plan

Among other initiatives, the VA plans to set up ongoing competition to come up with new ideas for improving the agency's services and operations.