The inspector general at the Department of Veterans Affairs delivered a double-edged blow to VA's electronic health record modernization efforts this week, detailing failures with employee training on the new system and another round of unreliable cost estimates for the project.
Veterans Affairs has finished its highly-anticipated strategic review of the electronic health record modernization program, but it needs more time to digest the details and finalize a path forward.
The Department of Veterans Affairs also envisions additional funding for its electronic health record modernization program, accountability office and diversity and inclusion initiatives, according to its 2022 budget request.
The Department of Veterans Affairs underestimated the costs of the physical infrastructure upgrades needed to prepare VA medical facilities for its new electronic health record. VA's IG said those upgrades may cost between $3.1 and 3.7 billion.
The Department of Veterans Affairs' top cybersecurity official told Congress Thursday that audits by VA, DHS and an outside firm have shown no indications the Solarwinds vulnerability was ever used for malicious activity on the department's networks.
The National Archives and Records Administration's National Personnel Records Center has a backlog of more than 500,000 requests and 400,000 records that need refiling. The agency estimates it will take two years to resolve the backlog without extra help.
The House is considering new legislation in effort to reform VA's beleaguered Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection, while the Senate is hopeful new political leadership might "right the ship."
Employees worry recent initiatives designed to raise the profile of diversity and inclusion within the Department of Veterans Affairs won't trickle down to local facilities and mid-management.
In today's Federal Newscast, senators from Maryland and Virginia pressed President Joe Biden to come up with a plan for a new FBI headquarters.
Democrats and Republicans are united on the need for change at the Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection, but they don't yet agree on how best to improve the organization at the Department of Veterans Affairs.
VA on Wednesday acknowledged a variety of challenges with the new electronic health record, but it said the Cerner Millennium solution will ultimately be an improvement once employee and congressional concerns are resolved.
Employees and congressional stakeholders say the VA faces tough decisions with its ongoing strategic review, as the initial rollout of a new electronic health record in Washington state was far less successful than the agency originally touted last fall.
In today's Federal Newscast, over 50 House members are urging the Department of Veterans Affairs to create a centralized spot within the agency to report sexual harassment.
If confirmed, Maryanne Donaghy would take over an accountability office that Congress, whistleblowers and the department's inspector general say has failed to live up to its original mission.