Oversight of IT and Cybersecurity at the Department of Veterans Affairs

Subcommittee on Information Technology
Subcommittee on Information Technology
Hearing Date: December 7, 2017 2:00 pm 2154 Rayburn HOB

  • To examine the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) information technology systems, including Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA) performance, development of the Electronic Health Record system, and efforts to modernize its Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture (VistA).


  • In June 2017, Secretary Shulkin announced the VA’s plan to discontinue

    their attempt at developing an Electronic Health Record that would be interoperable with the Department of Defense health information systems
    and purchase the same electronic health record system used by the Department of Defense.
  • On November 15, 2017, the Subcommittee on Information Technology held ahearing to examine federal agency implementation of FITARA. The VA received an overall score of B+ on the latest scorecard.
  • On May 27, 2016, Chairman Hurd and Ranking Member Kelly requested information from the GAO regarding VistA modernization efforts. GAO will provide an update of their review.

Witnesses and testimonies

Name Title Organization Panel Document
Mr. Scott Blackburn Acting Chief Information Officer Department of Veteran Affairs Document
Mr. Dominic Cussatt Chief Information Security Officer Department of Veteran Affairs Document
Mr. David A. Powner Director, IT Management Issues U.S. Government Accountability Office Document
Mr. John Windom Program Executive for Electronic Health Records Modernization U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Document
Mr. Bill James Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Enterprise Program Management Office U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Document