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Opening Statement of Hon. Henry E. Brown, Jr., a Representative in Congress from the State of South Carolina

Mr. Chairman and Ranking Member Buyer, thank you for calling this hearing to examine the VA's information technology management structure. I hope that this committee will take a serious step in addressing one of the biggest challenges facing the Department today; improving the capabilities of VA's information technology system, while strengthening security measures.

As the Congress and this Committee looks at VA's information technology reorganization and the progress that they have made as a result of establishing a centralized management system, I am hopeful that we will do so in a way that focuses on the bipartisan concern we have for the wellbeing of our nation's veterans. I believe that improving access to healthcare, providing benefits, and implementing information technology go hand-in-hand as we work to ensure that our nation's veterans have all the resources they need to make a seamless transition into civilian life.

In closing, Mr. Chairman, I look forward to hearing from our witnesses this morning and the discussion that we will have on this important issues. Again, Mr. Chairman, thank you for the time, which I now yield back.