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External Audit Examines VA Cybersecurity Practices

A recent audit found cybersecurity shortcomings at the Department of Veterans Affairs, Fierce Government reports. Ernst & Young and Clifting Gunderson audited the VA as part of annual oversight required by the Federal Information Security Management Act. Auditors found that the VA’s central reporting tool had more than 15,000 outstanding …

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VA’s $3B IT Budget Request Focuses on Maintenance, Integrated Health Record System

The Department of Veterans Affairs has requested $3.37 billion for its information technology budget and plans to set aside $1.45 billion for IT systems maintenance, NextGov reports. The amount requested for IT system maintenance increased $80 million from the 2012 budget. The VA’s IT systems are comprised of 360,000 desktop computers, 70,000 printers, 40,000 laptops …

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VA Program Aims to Train Vets to Join Acquisition Workforce

The Department of Veterans Affairs launched its program for training wounded veterans to be contracting specialists in a three-year internship, Federal Computer Week reports. The VA Acquisition Academy Acquisition Internship School’s Warriors to Workforce Program started Thursday through which veterans are trained to qualify for acquisition related careers. The program “leverages a …

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VA to Launch Own Job Site

The Department of Veterans Affairs is preparing to debut its own version of USAJobs to launch Nov. 11 that will display job opportunities in the department, “VA for Vets.” The website has an online job search board, self-assessment tools, a resume builder and military skills translator to assist veterans in …

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VA Contracts Went to Ineligible Businesses, Audit Finds

The Department of Veterans Affairs awarded over a half billion dollars to companies that did not meet eligibility requirements for veteran-owned small businesses, a VA inspector general report says. Army Times reports a VA spot check found that 76 percent of businesses did not meet eligibility requirements and at least …

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Senate Approves VA IT Budget

Photo: wikipedia.org The Senate Appropriations Committee has approved the Department of Veteran Affairs 2012 IT budget request of $3.161 billion. A vote on the department’s IT budget by the House of Representatives last May cut $136 million from the amount requested. Both houses of Congress will work out the different …

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Veterans Affairs Discloses Security, Computer Breaches on its Website

The Department of Veterans Affairs Department last week began posting reports on its website detailing security breaches Employing thousands of contractors nationwide and being the world’s largest healthcare organization, VA experiences various breaches every month. However, with the exception of a few incidents every year, most of its security and …

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Veterans Affairs Rolls Out Standard Identifier for EHRs

The Veterans Affairs Department announced Wednesday it has implemented a standard identifier to enable a single, lifetime electronic health record to be used from enlistment to death. Based on the 2004 Homeland Security Presidential Directive that established common identification standards for all federal employees and contractors, the 10-digit identifier will be …

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VA Ends FLITE Program

In light of cost concerns, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has canceled its $500 million Financial and Logistics Integrated Technology Enterprise program, a project that was created to revamp the department’s financial and management systems. VA Chief Information Officer Roger Baker and Federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra announced …

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