As expected, the ongoing shutdown of the U.S. Federal Government is impacting the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
The VA has been forced to cease its software development efforts in addition to furloughing 2,754 IT workers.
Put bluntly, the shutdown has made it impossible for the Department to move forward on its $491 million paperless Veterans Benefits Management System, or VBMS.
Earlier this week, VA Secretary Eric Shinseki testified before the House Veterans Affairs Committee on the impact that the government shutdown is having on Veterans, servicemembers and their families.
“The momentum achieved over the past six months has now stalled with the government shutdown,” Shinseki said.
If the shutdown continues through late October and mandatory funding is exhausted, “payments to more than 5.18 million beneficiaries may not be made as of Nov.1.”
The full transcript of Secretary Shinseki’s testimony has been published online and is available here.