Agency News: Veterans Affairs


House shaves funding for Veterans Affairs IT projects

House appropriators plan to decrease funds for the Veterans Affairs Department’s information technology projects because of sluggish spending and project delays.

VA sets performance, VLER goals in strategic plan

The Veterans Affairs Department is emphasizing performance measures and the Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record program among its top priorities in its new strategic plan for 2010 through 2014.

FLITE cancellation: VA pulls plug on modernization effort

The Veterans Affairs Department is canceling its $400 million financial system modernization program and directing the resources to other projects throughout the department.

The new CTOs: entrepreneurs in residence

The need to keep up with the fast pace of new technology is prompting many agencies to assign chief technology officers as dedicated lookouts for online opportunities.

VA patient scheduling app still not ready for prime time

The Veterans Affairs Department's second attempt to build an outpatient scheduling system may not get off the ground unless significant management deficiencies are corrected, according to the Government Accountability Office.

Army cites improper contracting in Arlington Cemetery scandal

The cemetery had no acquisition strategy, no integrated IT system and series of IT regulatory violations, the Army said.

Bright ideas abounded during VA innovation contest

The Veterans Affairs Department's recent innovation contest attracted a high percentage of employees, says CTO Peter Levin.

VA offers $80M in industry contest

The Veterans Affairs Department announced the third round of innovation competitions, this time with $80 million available for contracts to the winners.

Industry team to monitor some VA IT programs

The Veterans Affairs Department has awarded a contract worth up to $115 million to HPTi and its team members to evaluate information technology programs.

VA's Frye sees flexibility in the Federal Acquisition Regulation

Although many people in the acquisition community view the Federal Acquisition Regulation as a confining regulatory book, VA Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition and Logistics Jan Frye takes a different approach.

VA said to fall behind on verifying veteran-owned businesses

Through April, the VA had verified only 14 percent of companies in Vetbiz.gov, a database of companies able to get set-aside contracts.

VA sets the telehealth table

VA's quiet leadership in telehealth is about to gain a much broader audience as policy-makers look to the technology as a possible means of reducing costs and improving access to care.

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