Recent stumbles in Veterans Affairs Department IT acquisition have raised lawmakers’ doubts about its ability to manage a multibillion-dollar health IT project.
LaVerne Council, the assistant secretary of the Office of Information and Technology and chief information officer at VA, said the new enterprise cybersecurity team has a strategy to fix all 30 material weaknesses highlighted annually for much of the last 17 years by auditors.
Roger Baker’s last day as the Veterans Affairs Department’s assistant secretary for information and technology and chief information officer is March 8. He said the agency manages and oversees IT much differently than it did four years ago. March 7, 2013
In the Department of Veterans Affairs, it took two years and a big culture change to raise the rate of on-time deliveries of IT projects from below 30 percent to just shy of 90 percent. But according to VA’s CIO, those changes amount to his department giving itself its own budget increase.
The agency puts employees in pools based on their expertise, and then the employees move from project to project based on the needs of that program. VA now is working on 60 percent more projects than under the previous approach. November 10, 2011(Encore presentation December 22, 2011)
Federal CIO Vivek Kundra says there are $27 billion in IT projects that are troubled. The administration will issue a new strategy to expand the use of TechStat review sessions. Agencies also are feeling the heat to review all IT projects before they submit their 2012 budgets to OMB.