The Office of Management and Budget has considerably slowed down the pace of its TechStat reviews of agency information technology programs. OMB held only five TechStat meetings in 2011, and as of September, six in 2012, documents obtained by FierceGovernmentIT through a Freedom of Information Act request (.pdf) show.
Poor oversight, sporadic case management and inconsistent criteria are preventing military servicemembers and veterans from getting the medical help and disability treatment they need as they transition between Defense and Veteran Affairs programs, says the Government Accountability Office. Since 2008, delays have grown by more than 110 days for active duty servicemember cases, and by more than 120 days for reservist cases.
Federal agencies that spend the most on steady state information technology systems generally don't conduct annual oversight analyses on them as required by the Office of Management and Budget, says the Government Accountability Office.
The Veterans Affairs Department will move all of its 600,000 employees to a cloud-based email, messaging and calendar system over the next five years, says Hewlett-Packard in a Nov. 13 press release. The transition will begin with an initial group of 15,000 people.
The second Obama administration faces difficult choices to address servicemember and veteran issues including suicide, disability claims, and homelessness amidst pressure to cut spending, says a report from the Center for New American Security.
Within the next 5 years, the office could lose more than 40 percent of its leadership and technical employees to retirement, auditors say in an Oct. 29 report (.pdf), but the office of the VA chief information officer hasn't devoted sufficient resources toward developing and implementing a human capital strategy.
More than 6.2 million East Coast customers remain without electricity according to a latest report (.pdf) from the Energy Department's Office of Electricity Delivery & Energy Reliability. The full effects of Sandy are uncertain as estimates of economic damage between $10 billion and $20 billion now come from multiple sources . The Associated Press reports the storm has casued at least 55 deaths. And West Virginia must deal with three feet of snow from the storm.
Veterans Affairs Department medical centers are not effectively or securely sharing data with research and university facilities, according to an Oct. 23 VA office of inspector general report (.pdf).
When agencies look at the potential for technological advancements to impact energy-smart federal buildings, the green benefits of sustainability must come second to saving money. Speaking on a panel at the "Smart Technology and Sustainability" conference Oct. 23, put on by AFCEA-Bethesda, the Navy's chief information officer for the Naval District Washington, Jeff Johnson, said that energy efficient investments must have a return on investment.
Agile techniques are crucial as the Defense and Veterans Affairs departments try to quickly launch the integrated electronic health record, or iEHR . With more than 100 scrum teams working at once, it's a lot to coordinate, said Barclay Butler, director of the DoD-VA interagency program office.