Press Release: Blackburn, Tester Bringing 21st Century Care and Benefits to Veterans with Information Technology Oversight Bill

“Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.), unveiled bipartisan legislation yesterday to improve the information technology (IT) system at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The Department of Veterans Affairs IT Reform Act holds the VA accountable by increasing transparency into proposed and current IT spending on critical programs for veterans. The bill also ensures that veterans receive timely health care and benefits by requiring the VA to institute a number of outstanding Government Accountability Office (GAO) recommendations related to planning, management and operation of its Office of Information Technology (OIT). Both Senators serve on the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs, on which Senator Tester is the Ranking Member…”

“For years, reports of failed IT projects at VA have hampered the delivery of medical care and benefits to veterans. As a result, VA’s IT program has remained on the GAO’s High-Risk List since 2015. VA continues to receive low compliance scores in many areas of the annual Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA) scorecard.”

“The Department of Veterans Affairs IT Reform Act addresses these shortcomings by…” Read the full press release here.

Source: Blackburn, Tester Bringing 21st Century Care and Benefits to Veterans with Information Technology Oversight Bill – July 31, 2019. U.S. Senator Marsha Blackburn.

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