Agency News: Veterans Affairs


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.

VA publishes draft solicitation for upcoming 'T4' IT acquisition

The Veterans Affairs Department is preparing to request bids on its $12 billion Transformation Twenty-One Total Technology IT services acquisition in June.

NASA, VA open-source plans spark debate

NASA and the Veterans Affairs Department drew criticism after announcing their latest plans for open-source software.

FCC, FDA, HHS also working on telehealth

The Veterans Affairs Department operates the largest telehealth program in the world, but other federal agencies are involved with the technology and supporting policies.

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.