VA's CIO leaving for private sector
- By Judi Hasson
- May 03, 2000
Harold Gracey, the acting chief information officer for the Department of
Veterans Affairs, is retiring effective June 1 to take a job in the private
Gracey, a 30-year government employee, has been responsible for overseeing
the operation of the VA's computer systems and telecommunication networks
for medical information, veterans benefits payments, life insurance programs
and financial management systems since June 1998.
Before taking on the technology job, he was the chief of staff at the
VA from January 1994 to June 1998 and also was the VA's liaison with the
White House chief of staff.
In an interview Tuesday, Gracey described his government service as
"fun times and down times."
"I helped the previous secretary run the department through the government
shutdown, through some tough budget years, Agent Orange — through all kinds
of exciting things, including the present where giving [the CIO office]
the credibility has been a great job to end on." Over the years, he said
he's seen great changes in the agency responsible for veterans' benefits.
"The VA today is terrifically better than the VA seven or eight years ago.
It is a modernized and streamlined health care delivery system delivered
on an outpatient basis," Gracey said.
There's no word on a successor to Gracey. The VA CIO is an assistant
secretary and must be appointed by the president and confirmed by the Senate.