VA sets up digital dashboard, 71% of projects on target

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The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has posted a digital dashboard Web site for public viewing to provide transparency into the department’s cost, schedule and overall performance of IT projects.

According to the VA, the dashboard is in the initial phase in providing project data. As additional phases are implemented, the look of the data will be enhanced and expanded to complement the information already posted on the Web site.

Divided into nine different categories, 82 agency IT projects are currently being displayed. Overall, 71 percent of the 82 projects are currently on track while 15 percent are failing, as indicated on the dashboard as of Dec. 31, 2009.

While VistA Imaging Storage and VistA Messaging Service IT projects are on track overall, the VistA Imaging Core project is failing. The VA and Department of Defense Image Sharing IT project and the Master Patient Index project are currently on track overall.

The department did not indicate how often the dashboards would be updated.