Secretary Shinseki Announces Strict Accountability Process for IT Project Management

Aggressive Action Being Taken to Address Technology Program Failures

19 June 2009, WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today that it is implementing a new IT management approach department-wide. Effective immediately, all new IT programs and projects at VA must be implemented using the Project Management Accountability System (PMAS). PMAS is an incremental development approach that ensures frequent delivery of new functionality to customers, coupled with a rigorous management approach that halts programs that fail to meet delivery milestones. This new system will ensure early identification and correction of failing IT programs.   “A strong information technology capability is essential to achieving the President’s vision of a Century VA,” Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki said. “Incremental development and strict management of missed milestones will ensure that we are successfully delivering the functionality we need to serve our Veteran clients. By halting programs that fail to meet their delivery milestones, we will prevent wasteful spending and demand accountability from everyone involved in delivering and supporting the technologies that will help transform the VA.”

http://www1.va.gov/opa/pressrel/docs/IT_PMAS.pdf

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