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Stephen Warren Outlines VA’s $4B IT Budget Proposal

Stephen Warren
Stephen Warren

Stephen Warren, chief information officer at the Department of Veterans Affairs, provided a summary of the agency’s proposed $4.1 billion budget for information technology programs at a press briefing Tuesday, Fedscoop reported Tuesday.

Dan Verton writes the VA would use 55 percent of its 2016 IT funds to build infrastructure intended to support customized telemedicine and mobile health systems.

The remaining money would support projects to modernize the Veterans Benefits Management System, maintain enterprise platforms and strengthen cybersecurity, according to Fedscoop.

“It’s reinforcing and refreshing our infrastructure,” Warren told reporters.

“How do we bring in new capability, how do we respond to legislative changes, how do we respond to changes in practice as well as how do we enable new capabilities?,” he added, according to Verton’s article.

Warren also noted to reporters the agency also included a commercial scheduling system acquisition program and digital service initiative in the organization’s IT budget plan for 2016.

The VA started a program to update telephone systems with a voice over Internet protocol technology that will be designed to operate on a private cloud environment.

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