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About the VA Innovation Center

 VA Innovation Center

VA Innovation Center (VIC), organizationally reports through the Assistant Secretary, Office of Enterprise Integration (OEI) with the aim of leading cross agency opportunities to transform operations, work across the Department and provide critical independence to challenge existing processes and approaches to realize significant efficiencies and improvements. 

With the enactment of the VA Maintaining Internal Systems and Strengthening Integrated Outside Networks (MISSION) Act of 2018 (Pub. L. 115-182, hereinafter MISSION Act), Sec. 152., we are shifting our focus to innovation initiatives enabled by the new law and exploring opportunities to maximize VA assets. Accordingly, VA enterprise innovation leadership transitioned operational control of programs supporting individual administrations, like the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), back to their respective organization.

Administration innovation steering committees will be co-chaired by  the Principal lead of the VIC and a representative of the Under Secretary. Administration and VA Central Office (VACO) senior leaders will be nominated to serve on the innovation steering committees. The initial and most critical of these steering committees, will guide identification and execution of the program for Care and Payment innovation as required by the MISSION Act. 

VIC Innovation Advisory Taskforce will be co-chaired by the Assistant Secretary for Enterprise Integration and the Principal lead of the VIC.

Technology focused subcommittees of the VIC Innovation Advisory Taskforce will be led by Innovators-in-Residence. When this new model matures, we expect the VIC to be self-sustaining.

VA Innovation History

VA Innovation Center (VIC), previously known as VA Innovation Initiative (VAi2) and VA Center for Innovation (VACI), historically focused on grassroots programs to diffuse leading practices across the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). The programs have been innovating on behalf of VA and Veterans since 2009. Notable achievements of VACI in human centered design now drive work carried out by the Veterans Experience Office, helped shape the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017 (Public Law 115-55) and developed the Reach Vet program relied upon by VHA’s Office of Mental Health.

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Content last updated or reviewed on March 27, 2019