Veterans Affairs

VA cancels $400M modernization contract

Agency ends financial management modernization effort. See who's getting the money.

VA offers $80M in industry contest

The Veterans Affairs Department announced the third round of innovation competitions, this time with $80 million available for contracts to the winners.

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.

Is VA the new model for managing IT?

After making headlines for putting 188 projects on the chopping block, VA CIO Roger Baker explains his philosophy behind managing IT contracts.

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.

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.

VA pulls plug on failing IT projects

The Veterans Affairs Department terminates its Enrollment System Redesign, Pharmacy Reengineering and 10 other failing information technology projects.

Flat IT budget no problem for VA, CIO says

Roger Baker, the Veterans Affairs Department's CIO, told a House panel today that although the fiscal 2011 budget is flat for information technology, it is enough to fulfill the department's needs.

VA looks for help transforming patient care

In what it describes as a massive transformation, the Veterans Affairs Department is preparing to adopt a relatively new concept called patient-centered care that uses technology to keep patients informed and engaged.

VA freezes IT budget for 2011

The Veterans Affairs Department is looking at a flat level of $3.3 billion for information technology in fiscal 2011, but managed some increases for benefits automation and telemedicine.

VA fails to punish liars, House panel told

Veterans Affairs Department officials failed to punish business owners who lied to them to get a contract set aside for service-disabled veterans.

Fake firms rip off SBA set-aside program for $100M

Agencies that award contracts to service-disabled veterans don’t check on whether a company is eligible for the special set-aside and millions are lost, GAO official says.

VA and industry join to develop health record strategy

The VA's CIO has asked an industry group to advise the department on whether to deploy the VistA digital health record system more broadly to private hospitals and providers.