Friday, March 4, 2022

Veterans Affairs Taps Former Microsoft Executive To Modernize Tech

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, is betting on its New Chief Information Officer, former Microsoft Corp. Executive, Kurt DelBene, who joined the VA in January, to deliver Private-Sector Expertise and help Transform an Agency beset by Aging Systems.

"This isn’t about changing the ship and ship’s direction, it’s about getting these disciplines in place and then turning the crank over and over again,” he said.

The Agency is in the Middle of a Massive, 10-year effort to Replace an In-House system housing Medical Records and other Data that was developed in the 1980s.

Critics, including Members of House Veterans Affairs Subcommittees, have Faulted the Agency for a History of Projects running behind schedule, and a troubled Procurement process.

This is Not DelBene's first rodeo. After leaving Microsoft in 2013, the Obama Administration tapped him, to help Salvage the Launch of, the Enrollment website for the Affordable Care Act.

He returned to Microsoft in 2015, most recently serving as Executive Vice President, in Charge of the Company’s Covid-19 Response efforts.

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