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Veterans Affairs CIO Roger Baker

Veterans Affairs CIO Roger Baker

Veterans Affairs CIO Roger Baker joined his CIO colleagues yesterday in providing an update on his agency’s progress in implementing OMB’s 25 Point Plan to Reform Federal IT Management.

“The VA IT enterprise consists of a nation-wide single, consolidated network, 314,000 desktop computers, 30,000 laptops, 18,000 blackberries and mobile devices, 200,000+ medical devices, and 448,000 email accounts,” Baker wrote. “It is because of the scale of the enterprise that we have been focused on executing the 25 Point Implementation Plan to Reform Federal IT.”

Highlights of Baker’s CIO.gov blog post:

  • When it comes to cloud computing, Baker says the VA is running a “successful and comprehensive” cloud program in the Post 9/11 GI Bill as well as advancing the development for the Veterans Benefits Management System.
  • The agency has already had 15 TechStat sessions to review a wide range of investments. Most notably, the agency halted the Strategic Asset Management Investment, a multi-year initiative to replace existing disparate asset management systems with an integrated, enterprise-level system. The program won’t continue until an in-depth follow-up review is held.
  • VA is scheduled to close six data centers by the end of the year, Baker said.