IT Modernization

Data gap poses risks for launch site of VA’s new health record

The commercial electronic health record system being introduced by the Department of Veterans Affairs is proving difficult and expensive to adapt to the agency’s data reporting requirements.

Tech trade group seeks bumps to TMF, agency-based IT funds

FedRAMP funding and budget to support zero trust initiatives at civilian agencies are also on the appropriations wish-list of the Alliance for Digital Innovation.

TSP preps for its transition to a new service provider

Beginning in June, TSP participants will have access to long awaited and requested features like a mobile app, a virtual agent to help users and answer questions, and they will be able to invest in mutual funds.

$756M still left in TMF, but not for long

The administration plans to exhaust the $1 billion addition to the Technology Modernization Fund made under last year’s American Rescue Plan Act by the end of the current fiscal year.

$13.5M in new TMF awards to NARA, USDA

An award to the National Archives appears designed to reduce a pandemic-era backlog in veterans records processing.

Lawmakers balk at possible service changes at launch site of VA's new health record

At hearings and in correspondence, lawmakers from Washington are pressing the Department of Veterans Affairs for answers about the future of the Mann-Grandstaff Medical Center in Spokane.

DOD-VA health record modernization not hitting interoperability targets, watchdogs say

In a joint oversight report, inspectors general at the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs say that some legacy health data isn't being migrated to new electronic health records systems.

Technology trade groups urge Congress to add $300 million to the TMF

Leading government technology groups want appropriators to write legislation backing the full White House budget request for the Technology Modernization Fund.

Library of Congress plans new cloud office

The Library of Congress made “great progress” on its strategic Information Technology investments despite being a “constant target” of major cyber threats, the agency’s Chief Information Officer told lawmakers on Thursday.

VA dinged by watchdog over project management woes

The multibillion electronic health records modernization project at the Department of Veterans Affairs needs to improve scheduling and coordination, according to a critical report from the agency's inspector general.

TMF announces first-ever investment in VA to support transition to new sign-in service

GSA's single sign-on shared service, Login.gov, is about to have a major new participating agency thanks in part to the Technology Modernization Fund.

IRS marks the annual tax filing deadline with a plea for more funding

Chronic underfunding has hurt the tax agency's ability to modernize, says a top official, who wrote that the U.S. tax system "is a tax system where ripped paper returns are literally pieced together with scotch tape."

IRS aims to clear backlogged tax returns by end of year

As of March 18, the backlog of unprocessed paper tax returns was at nearly 15 million but IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig told lawmakers that he wants to get that to a “healthy” level. 

VA, DOD electronic health record system suffers nationwide outage

The three-hour outage prevented more than 95,000 clinician users from accessing and updating patient medical data.

VA's latest EHR go-live: 'not flawless, but we're rolling'

Secretary Denis McDonough told House appropriators that the launch of the Department of Veterans Affairs new electronic health record system at a second site is meeting expectations.

SSA seeks $2.4B in IT funding and looks ahead after 5-year modernization plan

Included in the ask is more than $1.5 billion in IT services, representing a 40% increase over the previous year.

Labor Dept. seeks $3.4 billion for UI programs, including IT modernization

The increase in unemployment funding would include $150 million for program integrity efforts including identity verification services for states.