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Kurt DelBene Talks Software Development, IT Modernization Plans for VA in Congressional Testimony

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Kurt DelBene, chief information officer of the Department of Veterans Affairs, said he plans to oversee digital transformation efforts at VA that include the improvement of software development offerings and information technology systems modernization, FCW reported Thursday.

“In this work, we need to consider a number of questions including: how we can best do software and services development in an environment of heavy outsourcing to external contractors,” DelBene told the House Veterans’ Affairs’ technology modernization subcommittee Wednesday.

When it comes to broadening internal software development efforts, he told lawmakers that “one place for a huge area of opportunity is low-code and no-code solutions.”

DelBene also discussed VA’s effort to implement the cloud-based Integrated Financial and Acquisition Management System, his commitment to integrating VA’s technical personnel with contract organizations and the need to establish standards requirements for the contracting sector and implement new programs to expand relationships with small businesses.