The 2007 Task Force on Returning Global War on Terror Heroes mandated improvement of the delivery of federally provided services and benefits to the service members and veterans of the Global War on Terror (GWOT). The goal was to ensure appropriate beneficiary and medical information was securely available to Federal information management systems, and to improve health data sharing between the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA). The Task Force recommended increasing the sharing and exchange of service member and veteran data between the Veterans Affairs, Defense, and Health and Human Services (HHS) Departments; other related Federal and State agencies; and selected private sector organizations.

The IIO needed to quickly establish a program office to represent its Department and collaborate with the other Federal Cabinet-level Departments.


  • Completed an “as is” analysis of existing data sharing efforts, working with the IIO’s internal Program Director and staff
  • Conducted and documented general business analysis findings, legislation, and commission recommendations.
  • Mapped findings to ongoing and/or planned projects and programs
  • Created an inventory of existing systems and programs supporting inter-agency information sharing
  • Identified agencies and external groups where information sharing might benefit service members and veterans
  • Created a single database related to the interoperability activities
  • Established processes and procedures
  • Completed project deliverables


Advanta established a program management office that was successful in facilitating the collaboration between and sharing of data among the numerous organizations.