VA infrastructure is
changed and projects are cut.

To improve management of ongoing projects,  as of Feb. 15 every IT
project in the department, and about 250 IT projects overall, are being managed
through the Program Management Accountability System introduced in July. The
system requires IT projects to deliver new functionality within six months and
to meet project milestones. The VA also is using an online IT dashboard to
identify and track troubled projects.

The Veterans Affairs Department has terminated its Enrollment System
Redesign, Pharmacy Reengineering and 10 other failing information technology
projects for a projected savings of $54 million this fiscal year, officials
announced today.

The goal is to put IT projects on the accountability system as soon as
possible, it took several months to identify and terminate contracts associated
with the canceled projects.

The enrollment systems project was budgeted at $24 million, and the pharmacy
project at $23 million, for fiscal 2010.

Other canceled VA IT projects included the Barcode Expansion, Delivery
Service, Rights Management Server and VA-Defense Department Laboratory Data
Sharing and Interoperability terminology support.

The 12 canceled IT projects were among 44 IT projects halted by VA officials
in July 2009. Chief Information Officer Roger Baker today released the list of
the 12 terminated projects and 32 restarted projects.


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