The Department of Veterans Affairs is reworking its relationship with Microsoft. Most significantly, it has decided to discontinue Software Assurance, which automatically pays for updates and new releases. Roger Baker, the chief information officer at VA, told employees in a letter the move would bring flexibility and open VA up to new vendors. He stops by In Depth to tell us more about the changes.
Parham Eftekhari — Director of Research, Government Technology Research Alliance
The IT insiders at your agency are talking, and Parham Eftekhari, from the Government Technology Research Alliance, is listening.
He talks to In Depth about what he’s hearing about “doing more with less,” cloud security and other IT buzz words.
James Tsugawa — Deputy Director, Office of Policy and Evaluation, Merit Systems Protection Board
The inspector general’s report that started the furor at the General Services Administration came about because of a whistleblower. Each federal agency has people who can guide employees and protect their rights, but there are resources at other agencies, too. James Tsugawa, acting deputy director of the Office of Policy and Evaluation at the Merit Systems Protection Board, tells us about the role they can play and what to consider when thinking about blowing the whistle.