The bureau has been trying to upgrade its IT architecture for years, especially to give agents an electronic case-management system.
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Top acquisition official says department is looking both inside and out to meet its acquisition needs.
Currently, the U.S. military health information exchange can send records to VA treatment centers but cannot receive records from the VA.
New version of Defense application will allow tracking of records from the battlefield to VA hospitals.
The 2002 Federal Information Security Management Act fails to measure how secure agencies actually are, they say.
Companies will work on Defense Department plan to determine feasibility of conducting military communications through a space-based router.
Agencies are doing a better job planning technology investments, but more initiatives have been marked as needing high-level attention.
Agency official says coordinating better IT security practices across government is a high priority.
Appropriator says unless charges of Hatch Act violations are resolved, he will have trouble fighting off efforts to cut funding for the agency.
University officials are concerned lenders are mining the database to obtain private information for marketing products to students.