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Audio: Roger Baker's February 2013 IT report

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Outgoing Veterans Affairs Chief Information Officer Roger Baker held his last monthly presser with reporters Feb. 28, going over the January monthly data breach report (.pdf) to Congress and taking questions about the VA's and Defense Department's recent decision to cancel development of a joint electronic health record, the iEHR. Scroll down to the media player to listen to the presser (approx. 1 hour).

Baker's last day, he announced, will be March 8. The likely onset of sequestration March 1 was not a factor in his decision to leave the VA, Baker said. "It was my intention to stay for 8 years when I got here, but, frankly, I can't take another 4 years. It is a demanding job," Baker said.

The VA is better at software development than it was 4 years ago, Baker also said.

"At least now, at the minimum, we're talking about systems in the field that may not be as good as we want them to be. I consider that frankly to be substantial progress," he said.

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