Politico October 23, 2020
Darius Tahir

The timeline for the project has slipped from March to October due to development delays and the coronavirus pandemic.

An oft-delayed $16 billion system to overhaul veterans’ medical records will debut Saturday in Spokane, Wash., marking the first stage of a yearslong marathon.

Close observers of the project — initially pushed by President Donald Trump’s senior advisor Jared Kushner — are cautiously optimistic, with one congressional aide predicting a “B-minus or C-plus” rollout.

Nevertheless, the timing, less than two weeks before the election, has attracted skepticism within the agency and in Congress that reflects deeper questions over the political leanings of the department.

Congressional Democrats have accused VA Secretary Robert Wilkie of visiting battleground states to boost Trump’s electoral chances...

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