VA chief suspends new IT projects

VA chief suspends new IT projects

By Tony Lee Orr

GCN Staff

APRIL 11—Veterans Affairs Secretary Anthony J. Principi has ordered his department to put on hold all new information technology projects until officials develop a formal IT strategy.

Principi said during his confirmation hearing that IT can help the largest civilian agency better serve veterans but added that he is concerned about the department's poor performance on previous IT projects, a department spokesman said.

The moratorium does not affect ongoing IT projects, the spokesman said.

Last year, the General Accounting Office slammed the department for failing to develop an overall IT plan for re-engineering its business processes and for not defining its integrated architecture.

GAO also noted that the department had yet to appoint a permanent chief information officer.

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