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VA Deploys Open-Source App to Streamline Agency Operations

Employees from the Department of Veterans Affairs developed concepts for platforms that help streamline agency operations through the open-source Light Electronic Action Framework web application, FCW reported Friday. A panel of judges selected pitches from VA health centers in South Carolina, Tennessee and Florida as winners in the business management, employee onboarding and scheduling topic areas as part of this year's LEAF conference in Virginia. 

The conference also included a “hackathon” which saw participants develop concepts for streamlining human resources operations such as credentialing, telework and family leave requests. The VA-developed LEAF platform is accessible via the agency's firewall and designed to enable non-technical and on-the-ground employees to share forms and create websites within minutes.

Blake Henderson, innovation coordinator for the VA, said the “rudimentary app store” is slated for migration into an Amazon Web Services cloud environment to expand the types of data and projects it can support. LEAF is currently deployed at more than 100 VA medical centers, according to Henderson.

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