Nextgov: House Veterans Affairs is Having Trouble Hiring Tech Experts

“The House Veterans Affairs Committee is struggling to recruit the experts it needs to effectively monitor the multibillion-dollar electronic health record overhaul at the Veterans Affairs Department, according to the committee’s chief.”

“As the committee staffs up for the 116th Congress, Chairman Mark Takano, D-Calif., is working to build a deep bench of health IT specialists to help lawmakers better understand the numerous tech troubles that plague Veterans Affairs. Such expertise would be particularly useful for the Technology Modernization subpanel, which is responsible for overseeing a $10 billion contract with Cerner to modernize the agency’s electronic health record platform, Takano said Sunday at SXSW.”

“But, according to him, those experts are proving hard to come by.”

“You need that combination of someone with the technical expertise, but also the policy knowledge, and [recruit] that person for a price they’re willing to accept…” Read the full article here.

Source: House Veterans Affairs is Having Trouble Hiring Tech Experts – By Jack Corrigan, March 11, 2019. Nextgov.

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