The Senate Appropriations Committee has approved the Department of Veteran Affairs 2012 IT budget request of $3.161 billion. A vote on the department’s IT budget by the House of Representatives last May cut $136 million from the amount requested.
Both houses of Congress will work out the different amounts later on in the year.
The senate’s approval budget bill comes with a few restrictions, which includes the VA specifying to Congress the amount spent on each of its 76 planned projects. It also has to submit monthly IT spending reports to both chambers appropriations committees.
On a project the VA and DoD have planned and that’s part of the VA’s IT budget, the Senate report highlighted the “importance of a unified and clearly articulated message to both departments and its leaders for cooperation of a development of the joint record.”