Valerie Melvin

  • Valerie Melvin: After shared services transition, HUD still lacking

    Even after transitioning four systems to shared services, the Department of Housing and Urban Development still doesn’t have what it needs. All this is documented in the latest study from the Government Accountability Office. Valerie Melvin, director of Information Management and Technology Resources issues at GAO, shares more on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

  • VA watchdogs: Results, responsibility needed for agency IT updates

    Leaders at the Veterans Affairs Department pledge to Congress that the money and time they’ve been given to help overhaul the agency’s IT systems will not be in vain.

  • Valerie Melvin: Don’t expect interoperable EHRs from DoD or VA soon

    The Defense and Veterans Affairs departments are a long way from deploying new electronic health record systems that can communicate with each other. Both agencies didn’t meet a deadline last year to make sure their data complies with national standards. Valerie Melvin is director of information management and technology resources issues at GAO. She tells In Depth with Francis Rose why defined goals would help both departments better measure their progress.

  • GAO: HealthCare.gov leaders ‘managed to deadlines’

    The second round of open season on HealthCare.gov went a lot better than the first. But problems still lurk behind the scenes of the website, even with the rapid response team the government and the private sector deployed to get the site back on track. Valerie Melvin is director of information management and technology resource issues at the Government Accountability Office. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she outlined seven recommendations to help CMS fix the lingering issues with the system.

  • Valerie Melvin, Director of Information Management, GAO

    17 federal contractors each claim to know the best way to modernize the retirement system at the Office of Personnel Management. Those vendors pitched their ideas to OPM at an Industry Day earlier this year, and now the agency’s gearing up for its fifth attempt to modernize its system. Valerie Melvin is Director of Information Management and Technology Resources Issues at the Government Accountability Office. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she said OPM needs to weigh its options carefully so the fifth try is the one that finally sticks.

  • OPM plots steps to modernize retirement system IT in 2015

    Office of Personnel Management officials told the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on the Federal Workforce, the U.S. Postal Service, and the Census about its plan to buy a case management system. The case management system will serve as the foundation for yet another attempt at modernizing the retirement system.

  • Valerie Melvin, Director of Information Management and Technology Resources Issues, GAO

    The National Technical Information Service is supposed to be a repository where federal agencies can find — and buy — new research publications. But lately the new research from NTIS isn’t new, and 95 percent of it’s available online for free. Valerie Melvin is Director of Information Management and Technology Resources Issues at the Government Accountability Office. She testified about the agency’s financial future before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Financial and Contracting Oversight. Valerie shared her conclusions on In Depth with Francis Rose.

  • In Depth Show Blog – March 4, 2014

    On the In Depth show blog, you can listen to our interviews, find more information about the guests on the show each day, as well as links to other stories and resources we discuss.

  • In Depth Show Blog – May 14, 2013

    On the In Depth show blog, you can listen to our interviews, find more information about the guests on the show each day, as well as links to other stories and resources we discuss.

  • Will sequestration, retirement wave derail OPM’s backlog goal

    The Office of Personnel Management has made steady progress chipping away at a longstanding backlog of retirement claims. But Oversight Committee lawmakers and other government watchdogs remain concerned that the absence of a long-term plan to overhaul the mostly paper-based process combined with across-the-board budget cuts and a lack of strong leadership within OPM could stall or derail the progress the agency has made.