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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 , 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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VA sets Oct. 1 as smartphone approval day

Agency CIO Roger Baker said he plans to let employees use mobile devices on the VA network starting in fiscal 2012. He's leaning toward the bring-your-own-device approach, but details still need to be finalized. Baker said VA also will update its mobile computing policy.

Tags: technology , VA , mobile devices , cybersecurity , mobile computing , iPhone , Android , BlackBerry , Jason Miller

Thursday - 06/30/2011, 08:50pm EDT
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VA, DoD to test initial joint e-health record in July

Agency officials will meet in June to approve the rollout of the first piece of an integrated and interoperable electronic health record for soldiers and veterans. VA and DoD also are creating a centralized database that will be located in DISA's data centers.

Tags: technology , Peter Levin , VA , DoD , electronic health record , VistA , AHLTA , data sharing , health IT , Jason Miller

Tuesday - 05/31/2011, 07:04pm EDT
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VA's Baker to chair e-health advisory board

The Defense and Veterans Affairs departments have agreed to use commercial, open source software to develop a joint electronic health record. VA CIO Roger Baker will head the advisory board.

Tags: DoD Report , VA , technology , e-health records , Federal Drive , Next Gov

Friday - 05/27/2011, 12:59pm EDT

Federal IT is far from horrible, CIOs say

A Federal News Radio survey finds agency technology managers disagree with President Obama and federal CIO Vivek Kundra's recent statements about the poor status of federal IT. More than half of the respondents say the perception of federal technology is worse than the IT itself. Sixty percent say their agency's IT is helping them meet their mission.

Tags: technology , Vivek Kundra , VA , OMB , IT reforms , CIO survey , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 05/25/2011, 08:06am EDT
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VA to get ruthless on redundant software

Agency CIO Roger Baker said a new initiative will try to pare down the number of software packages employees use by 95 percent. The Ruthless Shutdown Project, is getting underway to address the proliferation of applications that is costing VA hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Tags: technology , VA , data center consolidation , cloud computing , mobile computing , Management of Change , Jason Miller , MOC

Tuesday - 05/17/2011, 03:09pm EDT
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GSA to boost cloud computing with new RFP

Federal CIO Vivek Kundra expects GSA to issue a solicitation by May 10 for a $2.5 billion contract for email-as-a-service. It's part of how the administration wants agencies to move to cloud computing. Kundra said five of seven short-term IT reforms efforts are on track.

Tags: technology , management , Vivek Kundra , Kathleen Merrigan , Daniel Poneman , OMB , GSA , VA , Energy , USDA , cloud computing , Email-as-a-service , role of the CIO , IT reforms , data center consolidation , Jason Miller

Thursday - 04/28/2011, 08:01am EDT
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MSPB rules VA violated former employee's constitutional rights

A Merit Systems Protection Board judge ruled that Adair Martinez was wrongfully fired by the Veterans Affairs Department, and the agency violated her 5th amendment rights.

Tags: management , Lynne Yovino , VA , MSPB , Adair Martinez , Jason Miller

Tuesday - 04/05/2011, 07:52pm EDT
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