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Recommendation: The Secretary of Veterans Affairs should ensure that the role and responsibilities of the Interagency Program Office are clearly defined within the governance plans for acquisition of the department's new electronic health record system. (Recommendation 1)
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs Status: Open Priority recommendation
Comments: The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) concurred with our recommendation to ensure that the role and responsibilities of the Interagency Program Office (IPO) are clearly defined within the governance plans for acquisition of the department's new electronic health record system. According to the department, the Joint Executive Committee (JEC), a joint governance body comprised of leadership from the Department of Defense and VA, approved a role for the IPO that included providing expertise, guidance, and support for both DOD and VA and joint governance bodies as the departments continue to acquire and implement interoperable electronic health record systems. However, the department has not yet provided documentation supporting these actions and how they relate to VA's governance structure for the new acquisition. In addition, the role described does not appear to position the IPO to be the single point of accountability originally described in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008. We will continue to monitor the department's governance plans for the acquisition of the new electronic health record system and the relationship with the IPO.
Recommendation: To ensure effective management and modernization of HUD's IT environment, the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development should direct the department's Chief Information Officer to define the scope, implementation strategy, and schedule of its overall modernization approach, with related goals and measures for effectively overseeing the effort.
Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development Status: Open Priority recommendation
Comments: As of April 2017, the department reported that it was in phase 2 of a 4-phase application assessment initiative expected to address this recommendation. In July 2018, the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) reported that the goal of the Chief Technology Officer's ongoing technical assessment of HUD's IT environment was to identify gaps and develop an implementation strategy and approach to establish a modernization roadmap by the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2018. Specifically, OCIO noted that the plan was intended to inform HUD's development of high-level department-wide plans for modernizing HUD systems. As of March 2019, OCIO reported that it had drafted the modernization roadmap and that the Chief Technology Officer was reviewing and verifying roadmap information with the program offices. However, as of May 2019, HUD had not yet provided plans outlining the scope, implementation strategy, and schedule for modernizing IT.