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Senator Criticizes Cuts to VA Health IT Infrastructure Budget

January 18, 2019 / Fred Donovan

Proposed budget cuts to IT projects could undercut healthcare IT infrastructure modernization requirements of the Department of Veterans Affairs, a key senator is warning. In a Jan. 11 letter sent to recently confirmed Veterans Affairs (VA) Assistant Secretary of Information and Technology and Chief Information Officer James Gfrerer, Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT), ranking Democrat on the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, said that “drastic cuts” in the VA’s IT budget proposed by the Trump administration for fiscal years 2018 and 2019 could prevent the VA from carrying out needed healthcare IT infrastructure investment. The senator noted that the FY2018 budget requested $215 million less for IT spending than the FY2017 level and the FY2019 budget requested $100 million less than FY2017.