Big changes coming to VA OI&T

LaVerne Council, the new IT chief at the Department of Veterans Affairs, knows that details don’t inspire a crowd.

In her public debut in her new role after about 100 days on the job, Council outlined her plans for re-energizing and reprogramming the VA’s Office of Information and Technology. At an Oct. 16 event hosted by the Government IT Executive Council, she shared a new mission statement and a new vision statement, and promised action in closing long-standing information security weaknesses but didn’t get bogged down in specifics.

Council did say that she had rejected the advice of those who said that government was “too slow” and that it was too hard for a political appointee to do big things in the waning days of an administration.

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