Jan. 7, 2019: James Gferer was confirmed as the Chief Information Officer at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) by the U.S. Senate on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019. Gfrerer is VA’s first permanent Chief Information Officer during the Trump administration. Three other people have held the position on an acting basis. Gferer previously worked as executive director of Ernst and Young’s risk and cybersecurity division. As the VA CIO, he succeeds Camilo Sandoval. In his new position, Gferer will be responsible for overseeing several VA computer modernization efforts, including a multi-billion-dollar program to overhaul VA’s electronic health record platform and a planned upgrade to the VA’s G.I. Bill benefits processing system.