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Baker taking his own advice to improve Veterans Affairs

Roger Baker, the VA assistant secretary for information and technology and chief information officer, talks about being the 'ultimate consultant'.
Nov. 12, 2009

Tags: technology , Ask the CIO , Web 2.0 , government 2.0 , Veterans Affairs , Jason Miller

Tuesday - 11/10/2009, 04:16pm EST
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Veterans Affairs restarts some of its suspended projects

Veterans Affairs CIO Roger Baker does not give too many details, but says the troubled initiatives have plans and milestones, and are in a better place. VA plans on prioritizing its top programs and ending those that do not make the cut. Baker says for too long the agency has tried to do too much, and that was one reason for its failures.

Tags: technology , contracting , Peter Levin , VA , program evaluations , Web 2.0 , innovation , GI Bill

Thursday - 10/08/2009, 08:01pm EDT
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VA puts 45 IT projects on hold

All programs are either over budget or off schedule. Agency plans to reevaluate before deciding to continue.

Tags: technology , Gen. Eric Shinseki , Vivek Kundra , VA , OMB , IT Dashboard , project management , Jason Miller , Dorothy Ramienski

Friday - 07/17/2009, 02:51pm EDT
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At the VA, a new CIO reports progress on IT management

Over the last several years, the news headlines were full of not-so-good news when it came to information technology at the Department of Veterans Affairs: missing laptops, delayed or over budget IT projects. But now, a new chief information officer at the VA is getting much of the credit for a turnaround at the agency

Tags: technology , management , Department of Veterans Affairs , Eric Shinseki , Senate Budget Committee , IT Dashboard , Max Cacas

Monday - 12/14/2009, 07:24am EST
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VA relying on new performance system to address IG report

Deputy secretary Gould says investigation into alleged wrongdoings continue. He would not comment on possible disciplinary actions.

Tags: management , Scott Gould , VA , inspector general

Thursday - 09/03/2009, 03:14pm EDT

DoT's Patillo moving to VA

Jackie Patillo will focus on how VA delivers technology to its internal customers. She has been with Transportation since 2005 as the deputy CIO.

Tags: technology , management , Jackie Patillo , DoT , VA , customer service , Jason Miller

Tuesday - 06/01/2010, 04:00pm EDT

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 , Richard Griffin , Stephen Buyer , Harry Mitchell , David Roe , Brian Billbray , VA , House Veterans Affairs Committee , IT project management , PMAS , inspector general , FLITE , cybersecurity

Wednesday - 02/24/2010, 07:03am EST
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VA to slow-roll use of smartphones, tablets on network

Roger Baker, the Veterans Affairs Department chief information officer, said only about 1,000 users will have agency supplied devices that will be allowed to access VA systems. VA eventually wants to create an apps store where externally and internally developed software will be made available for doctors, nurses and other employees.

Tags: technology , VA , mobile computing , Apple , BlackBerry , iPhone , iPad , cybersecurity , Jason Miller

Thursday - 09/29/2011, 05:21am EDT
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