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We testified about our work on the Department of Veterans Affairs' efforts to modernize its health information and financial IT systems, address cybersecurity, and more.
For example, although potential hurdles remain, VA made progress modernizing electronic health records.
This testimony discusses our work on information technology challenges at the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Despite spending over $4 billion annually on IT:
VA still doesn't have IT systems that fully support critical services—e.g.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has encountered numerous challenges in managing its information technology (IT) and securing its information systems. In October 2005, the department initiated a realignment of its IT program to provide greater authority and accountability over its resources.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) depends on information technology (IT) to effectively serve our nation's veterans, with an IT budget of about $1 billion annually. However, it has encountered numerous challenges in managing its IT programs and initiatives.
In carrying out VA's mission of serving the nation's veterans and their dependents, the agency relies extensively on information technology (IT), for which it is requesting about $2.1 billion in fiscal year 2006.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has made important progress in raising corporate awareness of the department's information technology (IT) needs and in taking actions to improve key areas of IT performance.
Although the Department of Veterans' Affairs (VA) has taken actions to improve many of its information technology (IT) management processes, it continues to face substantive challenges that, if left incomplete, could disrupt existing progress and threaten the viability of its existing and future IT spending....
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) information technology (IT) program, focusing on VA's efforts to: (1) improve its process for selecting, controlling, and evaluating IT investments; (2) fill the chief information officer (CIO) position; (3) develop...
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed information system general controls over financial and sensitive veteran medical information maintained by the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), focusing on: (1) specific computer security weaknesses GAO identified at the New Mexico and North Texas...