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VA scales back $500 million IT revamp

Jaikumar Vijayan | July 14, 2010
Change dictated by cost concerns, department says

The VA's decision to trim the FLITE program, however, was not a direct result of the OMB directive, the spokeswoman said, Even before the OMB memo was sent, the VA's Baker had been reviewing work on the IFAS program through the VA's Performance Management and Accountability System and had decided to shelve the effort, she said. "They were already seeing some problems with IFAS when OMB came out with their directive," she said.

The OMB directive is likely to result in other agencies following the VA's lead. The OMB said that it is seeking reviews on as many as 30 financial systems governmentwide. The review includes systems at the Departments of Treasury, Defense, Transportation, Energy, Justice, Homeland Security and Health and Human Services.


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