• VA spent more than $500 million on IT logistics projects, with little to show

    Recent stumbles in Veterans Affairs Department IT acquisition have raised lawmakers’ doubts about its ability to manage a multibillion-dollar health IT project.

  • VA sets goal of eliminating cyber material weaknesses by 2017

    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.

  • Baker leaving VA a transformed IT organization

    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

  • VA delivering 9 out of 10 IT projects on time

    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.

  • VA solves project management woes through competency models

    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)

  • OMB pressing agencies to get IT projects on track

    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.