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Veterans Affairs Asks for $200M IT Funding Boost

Veterans Affairs Department logoThe Veterans Affairs Department is seeking to increase its information technology budget to $3.9 billion in fiscal 2015 from $3.7 billion in FY 2014 funding or a 5 percent increase, Nextgov reported Tuesday.

Bob Brewin writes the agency intends to invest $173 million of that budget in the electronic Veterans Benefits Management System, which could cost $664 million if the system is implemented.

VA also wants to transition its claims documents to electronic records with a $138.7 million investment, according to the report.

Brewin writes the agency also plans to build a new electronic health record system through $269 million in funding and provide healthcare services in remote places under a $567 million budget.

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