VA official outlines 'ruthless' reductions in IT budget cut plan

Veterans Affairs Department information technology officials may be grabbing extra printers off desks, taking away desktops from employees who have laptops and eliminating mobile devices for some workers under advice from the VA’s internal “Ruthless Reductions Task Force,” according to a Federal News Radio news report on Oct. 19.

Stephen Warren, principal deputy assistant secretary for the VA’s Office of Information and Technology, provided a sneak peak into details about the internal task force recommendations in an interview with the online news publication.

VA officials have not released the task force’s report publicly, said Jo Schuda, a spokeswoman for the department. The report is internal for now, and probably will be for a couple more weeks, she said.

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Reader comments

Thu, Oct 27, 2011

I completely agree about hiring all of the upper management when we need more field personel. Those of us that are in the field wear to many hats the way it is. I myself is the only IT person in our facility that works with security patchs, OS testing, GPO's, Software testing and along with all of that I answer calls on our production floor. This leaves me not enough time to do the my main job successfully.

Tue, Oct 25, 2011

Interesting how this claims "Ruthless" cuts while another article about the VA just bosted that they are gearing up to buy 100,000 tablet computers. Does the right hand know what the left is doing?

Tue, Oct 25, 2011

Considering the VA IT department just finished hiring about 500 Managers this concerns me. They were already top heavy and now are even more so. As other Agencies were trying to cut staff and budget the IT department was on a mad hiring spree. Talk about a waste of my tax dollars

Mon, Oct 24, 2011

What qualifies as "ruthless" in the government is mere common-sense in the private sector...

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