The Veterans Administration's decision to put a temporary hold on 45 projects that had fallen behind schedule is giving it a chance to re-evaluate, and perhaps reverse, the Bush Administration's move toward contracts and proprietary software within the agency.
About one-quarter of the VA's tech budget is now on hold.
In addition to the Cerner project, three tele-health projects were also halted for missing deadlines.
Of course, as Nextgov blogger Robert Charette notes, it is one thing to call a halt to what is not working, something else to plan a path that does.
The result of the coming audits could be some shuffling of personnel, or contracts may actually be cancelled. If they are, the question then becomes how the VA will get the work done.
Does it have the nerve to just hire programmers and release the resulting code?