Shane Russell – Silicon Bureaucracy: Improving the software that powers our country
The Department of Veterans’ Affairs, also known as the VA, spends hundreds of millions of dollars each year on software projects that fail to launch, and billions more on projects that are behind schedule or over budget. The VA is not alone. Almost every agency in the federal government, from Health and Human Services to Social Security have similar stories and it’s handicapping our country’s ability to deliver critical services. There is hope though. A group of motivated doctors and programmers once built one of the first widely used electronic medical record systems at the VA in the mid 70’s. Learn how a new wave of energy and modern software development techniques are beginning to take hold inside the VA, and why building software that powers the federal government comes with challenges you won’t find in your average startup company.