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Report: VA IT Nominee James Paul Gfrerer to Appear Before Senate Panel for Confirmation Hearing

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James Paul Gfrerer, the White House’s nominee for the role of assistant secretary for information and technology at the Department of Veterans Affairs, is scheduled on Sept. 5 to appear before the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee for his nomination hearing, Federal News Radio reported Wednesday.

The confirmation hearing comes amid the resignation of Ash Zenooz as chief medical officer and Genevieve Morris as chief health information officer at VA’s electronic health record modernization office.

Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.), chairman of the House Veterans Affairs’ technology modernization subpanel, wrote a letter to VA Secretary Robert Wilkie expressing concern about the “rudderless leadership” of the department’s EHR modernization initiative.

Banks called on Wilkie to pick a chief medical officer from the Veterans Health Administration and appoint a permanent chief health information officer to oversee the EHR program.

The lawmaker asked VA to submit by Sept. 7 an organizational chart that details the federal officials and contractors responsible for the EHR modernization project.