Tag Archives: Department of Veterans Affairs

Accenture Federal Services Secures $453M VA IT Contract; Shawn Roman, Charmain Bogue Quoted

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Accenture announced on Monday that its subsidiary Accenture Federal Services (AFS) was awarded a $453 million prime contract from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to improve and modernize the VA’s Digital GI Bill Delivery Program. The contract will require AFS to improve the education claims processing and transform other management systems for the VA’s Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA).

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Denis McDonough Testifies Before House Panel on VA’s EHR Modernization Effort

Denis McDonough

Denis McDonough, secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), said he believes VA could meet its timeline for the implementation of its new electronic health record system amid setbacks with the EHR at its first go-live site in Spokane, Washington. He also agreed with lawmakers that clinicians at the Veterans Health Administration should play a key role in developing the requirements for the EHR platform.

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CISA, NSF, VA Senior Leaders on 5G Deployment, Modernization Issues

5G Implementation

Bob Kolasky, assistant director of the National Risk Management Center (NRMC), said the key to 5G implementation is having software security tools to isolate sources of risk and prevent subsequent vulnerabilities. The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) official said that isolating elements will make networks easier to handle and enable tech teams to “deal with issues as they emerge.”

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VA Issues RFI for Enterprise IT Strategic Planning Support Services

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The Department of Veterans Affairs is seeking information on potential industry sources that could support the requirements of the enterprise strategic planning and governance directorate within VA’s office of information and technology. The enterprise strategic planning effort will have a three-year performance period, including two one-year options. Responses to the RFI are due March 3rd.

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VA Issues Framework on Data Usage, Privacy; Richard Stone Quoted

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The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has released an online document that discusses how VA employees, partners, stakeholders and veteran users can access their information. Devised by the Data Ethics Work Group, the Ethics Principles for Access to and Use of Veteran Data contains nine principles that support the department's standards on information security and privacy. 

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Nonprofit Exec John Boerstler Joins VA as Chief Veteran Experience Officer

John Boerstler

John Boerstler, most recently CEO of the nonprofit Combined Arms organization, has been appointed to lead a Department of Veterans Affairs office responsible for collecting customer experience data to transform service delivery to former military personnel. VA named Boerstler as chief veterans experience officer in a series of leadership appointments announced Thursday.

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GAO: VA Should Address Existing Test Findings Prior to EHR System Deployment in New Locations

Electronic Health Record

A new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report found that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has made progress implementing its electronic health record (EHR) system by performing end-user training, creating system interfaces and capabilities and making system configuration decisions, among other efforts. On Oct. 24, VA fielded its EHR platform in Spokane, Washington, with zero critical severity test findings. 

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Sean Ferris Named State OIG’s Acting Deputy Director for Data Analytics

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The State Department has appointed Sean Ferris, a neatly three-year department official, to serve as acting deputy director for data analytics within its Office of the Inspector General (OIG). Ferris is a management and program analyst at State Department's OIG, serving as strategic planning and risk management officer within its Office of Enterprise Risk Management.

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Pentagon’s Testing Office Offers Recommendations to Facilitate MHS Genesis EHR System Deployment

Electronic Health Record

A report from the Department of Defense’s (DoD) office of the Director Operational Test and Evaluation (DOT&E) recommends that the undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness provide the Defense Health Agency (DHA) with sufficient resources to support continued training, content development and other assistance during the deployment and sustainment of the MHS Genesis electronic health records system.

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