U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Issues Authority to Operate for Box


The mission of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is to provide Veterans the world-class benefits and services they have earned – and to do so by adhering to the highest standards of compassion, commitment, excellence, professionalism, integrity, accountability, and stewardship. As Veteran care moves to a more digital world, one way the VA is delivering on this mission is through its investment in technology that enables new ways to work in the cloud. Today, we are excited to announce the VA has issued Box an Authority to Operate (ATO).

To fulfill its mission, VA leadership is leveraging innovation to re-think how the organization and its systems, APIs and data are designed for a digital-first agency. The VA can leverage Box to enable its staff, doctors and Veterans to securely share and manage critical healthcare processes and content, including:

  • Health research data sets
  • Grant proposals and submissions
  • COVID-19 research data sets with academic institutions
  • Educational materials for both staff and veterans

Leveraging the Box platform's capabilities, VA researchers can share COVID-19 data sets with VA administration officials to determine which medical facilities to open, and at what levels. Construction project managers can use it to share AutoCAD building design files and project documents with their contracted construction teams. Medical personnel can collect treatment plans from Veterans that have received care in the community to greatly reduce their cost of care while in the VA.  

“The VA is leading the way on how government agencies are leveraging modern technology to better engage with stakeholders and improve mission outcomes,” said Sonny Hashmi, Managing Director of Global Public Sector at Box. “The VA's incredibly important mission, powered by its cloud and modernization strategy, and in partnership with companies like Box, is poised to help the agency re-imagine Veteran engagement, and bring agility to mission delivery, while ensuring the privacy and security of sensitive data. We are thrilled to support the VA mission.”

Agencies and departments across the US Federal Government responsible for healthcare, defense, educational, judicial, legislative and regulatory oversight are using Box to be more efficient, streamlined and agile. Box is FedRAMP compliant and received Department of Defense SRG Impact Level 4 Authorization by the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA). Box also announced last week that it will add FedRamp High certification for federal customers. With today’s announcement, the VA joins leading global organizations that have moved to Box to power new ways of working, including the USDA Farm Production and Conservation and Forest Service, Food and Drug Administration, Department of Justice, and the District of Columbia Government.

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