Veterans Affairs

Bright ideas abounded during VA innovation contest

The Veterans Affairs Department's recent innovation contest attracted a high percentage of employees, says CTO Peter Levin.

VA IT official defends work on data protection

Roger Baker, assistant secretary for information and technology at the Veterans Affairs Department, tells a House panel about work to prevent more data breaches.

Is open source the cure for what ails VA's e-records?

An industry group convened by VA CIO Roger Baker is advising that VistA move to an open source platform and phase out MUMPS.

188 VA projects on the chopping block

The Veterans Affairs Department has extended its program management system to all 280 IT projects and suspended spending on two-thirds of them.

VA highlights IT innovation, crowdsourcing in open government plan

Among other initiatives, the VA plans to set up ongoing competition to come up with new ideas for improving the agency's services and operations.

Social media likely coming to Vets health portal

Veterans Affairs officials plan to add social-media style tools to the portal veterans use to access health records, a VA officials said today at the 2010 FOSE conference.

Commerce loses, Education gains in IT spending

Most IT budgets would change little from fiscal 2010 under the Obama administration's budget.

Obama wants nearly $80B for IT projects

The administration has proposed only a small increase for IT spending in fiscal 2011.

VA halts 15 technology projects

Of 45 Veterans Affairs projects halted in July, 15 have been suspended or had funding cuts.

VA says it has new system to prevent IT mismanagement

In response to criticism from its inspector general's office, the department said it has set up a new oversight system to improve its IT management.