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Report: VA Plans to Procure 180K Devices to Back Telework, Telehealth Operations

The Department of Veterans Affairs wants to buy 180K laptops and tablet computers to support telehealth and telework initiatives in response to the coronavirus pandemic, FedScoop reported Friday. Sources said the proposal to procure such devices is part of VA’s $1.2B supplemental request to Congress for its “Information Technology Systems account” as part of its COVID-19 response efforts.

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GSA, VA, IRS Raise Micropurchase, Simplified Acquisition Thresholds

The departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs, General Services Administration and the Internal Revenue Service have executed emergency procurement authorities to accelerate contract awards in support of COVID-19 relief efforts, Federal News Network reported Friday. VA, GSA and the IRS raised their simplified acquisition threshold and micropurchase threshold for purchases made in the U.S.

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Kenneth Kizer of Atlas Research: VA’s Telehealth Experience Could be Useful Against Coronavirus

Kenneth W. Kizer, chief healthcare transformation officer for Atlas Research, recently wrote an opinion piece for MilitaryTimes on Tuesday detailing the importance of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) could be as the world continues to struggle with the current COVID-19 pandemic. 

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OMB Unveils Cyber Detail Program for Federal Employees; Suzette Kent Quoted

The Office of Management and Budget on Wednesday announced a cyber detail program that seeks to provide federal employees who have completed cyber training an opportunity to work on cyber projects at other agencies in order to gain practical experience, Fifth Domain reported Wednesday.

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VA to Adopt 5G Tech in Palo Alto Hospital; Robert Wilkie Quoted

The Department of Veterans Affairs will implement fifth-generation or 5G connectivity across health care operations of its Palo Alto, Calif.-based hospital, Military.com reported Thursday. Robert Wilkie, VA secretary and 2019 Wash100 Award winner, said at a National Press Club conference he expects 5G to help the department generate higher-definition visuals of patient anatomy in support of the telesurgery services.

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