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LaVerne Council: Agency CIOs Should Build ‘Digital Trust’ Through Employee Engagement

LaVerne Council, national managing principal for enterprise technology strategy and innovation at Grant Thornton, told Federal News Radio in an interview published Tuesday that agency chief information officers seeking to establish trust within their departments should integrate mission goals with data-based information technology strategies. Council, former CIO at the Department of Veterans Affairs, noted that agency CIOs should start with their employees when it comes to building "digital trust."

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Report: Scott Blackburn Named Interim VA CIO

Scott Blackburn, acting deputy secretary at the Department of Veterans Affairs, has been appointed to serve as VA’s chief information officer and assistant secretary for information and technology on an interim basis, Federal News Radio reported Wednesday. Blackburn will succeed Rob Thomas, who is due to retire in October after more than …

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LaVerne Council Highlights VA IT Transformation Achievements

LaVerne Council, chief information officer at the Department of Veterans Affairs, discussed three key objectives that guide VA’s information technology transformation efforts in a blog entry posted Monday She said that VA’s office of information and technology has worked to stabilize and streamline core processes and platforms; address material weaknesses; and institutionalize new functions to boost outcomes. …

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Federal News Radio: Roopangi Kadakia Named VA CISO

Roopangi Kadakia — program executive for security operations, web services and information management at NASA — has been appointed as chief information security officer of the  Department of Veteran Affairs, Federal News Radio reported Tuesday. Jason Miller writes LaVerne Council, VA assistant secretary for information and technology, told department employees in an email that Kadakia …

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LaVerne Council: VA Aims to Simplify, Secure IT Processes With Cloud Tech

LaVerne Council, chief information officer at the Department of Veterans Affairs, highlighted the VA’s plan to buy cloud computing services and its other information technology modernization efforts during an interview with FCW published Friday. She told FCW the department issued a request for information on cloud support services as part of a procurement strategy aimed at simplifying IT …

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Ron Thompson Joins VA as Information and Technology Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary

Ron Thompson, Department of Health and Human Services’ executive director of information technology infrastructure and operations, will join the Department of Veterans Affairs as the Office of Information and Technology’s principal deputy assistant secretary, FedScoop reported Thursday. Billy Mitchell writes Thompson will serve as the lead adviser to VA Chief …

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FCW: Brian Burns Adds VA Chief Info Security Officer Role

Brian Burns has been appointed as chief information security officer at the Department of Veterans Affairs in addition to his role as deputy director of the joint VA-Defense Department Interagency Program Office, FCW reported Monday. Adam Mazmanian writes Burns will succeed Dan Galick and be responsible for the implementation of …

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LaVerne Council: Innovation, Internet of Things Part of VA IT Transformation

LaVerne Council, chief information officer of the Department of Veterans Affairs, has outlined her framework for the development of VA’s information technology operations based on best practices and emerging technologies, Fedscoop reported Thursday. Billy Mitchell writes that Council highlighted her focus on improved user experience and increased innovation as elements …

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