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Baker leaving VA a transformed IT organization

Roger Baker's last day as the Veterans Affairs Department's assistant secretary for information and technology and chief information officer is March 8. He said the agency manages and oversees IT much differently than it did four years ago.
March 7, 2013

Tags: jason miller , Ask the CIO , technology , VA , Roger Baker , veterans benefits claim , IT efficiencies ,

Wednesday - 03/06/2013, 02:13pm EST
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VA delivering 9 out of 10 IT projects on time

In the Department of Veterans Affairs, it took two years and a big culture change to raise the rate of on-time deliveries of IT projects from below 30 percent to just shy of 90 percent. But according to VA's CIO, those changes amount to his department giving itself its own budget increase.

Tags: VA , CIO , technology , project management , Roger Baker , IT efficiency , Jared Serbu

Monday - 11/28/2011, 05:36am EST
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VA solves project management woes through competency models

The agency puts employees in pools based on their expertise, and then the employees move from project to project based on the needs of that program. VA now is working on 60 percent more projects than under the previous approach.
November 10, 2011(Encore presentation December 22, 2011)

Tags: technology , Stephen Warren , Veterans Administration , project management , Ask the CIO , jason miller

Thursday - 11/10/2011, 07:02pm EST
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Kundra explains change to PMA system

The Office of Management and Budget will ask agencies to conduct their second survey of data centers in the last nine months, but this one will have an eye toward major consolidation.

Tags: OMB , Vivek Kundra , contracting , Data center consolidation , technology

Monday - 03/01/2010, 11:08am EST
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VA reaping rewards from IT oversight

Agency CIO Roger Baker tells a House oversight committee that VA avoided spending $54 million on the 45 projects stopped in July. The money now will be used on other high priority programs. The Veterans Affairs Committee also wants to increase agency IG funding by $50 million.

Tags: mngt , technology , Roger Baker , Richard Griffin , Stephen Buyer , Harry Mitchell , David Roe , Brian Billbray , VA , House Veterans Affairs Committee , IT project management , inspector general , FLITE , cybersecurity

Wednesday - 02/24/2010, 07:03am EST
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Mobile apps, TechStat lead OMB's IT evolution

Fiscal 2011 technology budget request is $79 billion and Vivek Kundra says that will address several challenges, including closing the gap between the private and public sector. GSA will run new apps store for handheld devices. OMB will lead the review of troubled IT programs.

Tags: technology , Vivek Kundra , Howard Schmidt , OMB , VA , EPA , GSA , CGI , Apple , cybersecurity , 2011 budget , IT Dashboard , mobile computing , TechStat , program management , HSPD-12 , identity management

Wednesday - 02/10/2010, 06:56am EST
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OMB pressing agencies to get IT projects on track

Federal CIO Vivek Kundra says there are $27 billion in IT projects that are troubled. The administration will issue a new strategy to expand the use of TechStat review sessions. Agencies also are feeling the heat to review all IT projects before they submit their 2012 budgets to OMB.

Tags: technology , management , Vivek Kundra , Jerry Williams , Danny Harris , Roger Baker , OMB , VA , HUD , education , Information Week , TechStat , project management , GI Bill , jason miller

Wednesday - 06/16/2010, 06:14am EDT
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