Tag Archives: Department of Veterans Affairs

AI-Focused Veterans Affairs Organization Shares Best Practices With Other Agencies

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The Department of Veterans Affairs' National Artificial Intelligence Institute is sharing its expertise with other agencies to develop a catalog of artificial intelligence use cases. The institute has shared input with the Veteran Engagement Board, the Data Governance Council and other federal agencies to create a reference for AI uses.

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GAO: VA Should Improve Schedule, Cost Estimates for Financial Management Tech Modernization Effort

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The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has recommended that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) initiate steps to come up with reliable cost and schedule estimates for the Financial Management Business Transformation (FMBT) program using best practices outlined in GAO’s cost estimating and schedule assessment guides. The FMBT initiative seeks to replace VA’s aging financial and acquisition systems with a single integrated platform.  

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VA Waiting for Completed Strategic Review Before EHR Rollout Resumes; Carolyn Clancy Quoted

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Officials at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) said VA will pause the deployment of its new electronic health record (EHR) system to a second site in Columbus, Ohio until it has concluded and shared the results of a strategic assessment of the EHR program with Congress. In March 2021, McDonough announced a 12-week strategic review of VA’s EHR modernization effort. 

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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

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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

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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

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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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