VA secretary orders IT reorganization

VA secretary orders IT reorganization

Veterans Affairs secretary Anthony Principi has ordered a major reorganization of IT operations at the department to begin Oct. 1.

In an Aug. 6 memo, Principi called for VA to centralize its IT program, including personnel and funding, in the office of CIO John Gauss.

'All of the department's IT functions and personnel will be realigned under the CIO and permanently reassigned effective Oct. 1,' the memo said. The document also gave the CIO authority over the department's IT appropriations.

Principi said he ordered the changes because accountability for IT resources in the department remains 'elusive.' Workers have resisted adopting the One VA enterprise architecture, he said.

VA last October announced it would implement the infrastructure plan, saying the One VA initiative would help the department's three major agencies'the Veterans Benefits, Veterans Health and National Cemetery administrations'share information better with other government agencies as well as one other.

But Principi said the three VA organizations had not provided the necessary details for Gauss to determine IT investment costs and develop an integrated IT portfolio.

'Administration IT initiatives continue to progress without the required milestone reviews, thereby negating my direction that VA IT developments work toward an integrated enterprise' the secretary said.

With the changes, CIOs K. Adair Martinez of VBA, Gary Christopherson of VHA and Joseph Nasari of NCA will become deputy CIOs reporting to Gauss.

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