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7 agencies make progress on implementing 'cloud first,' GAO says

The Government Accountability Office assessed the performance of seven federal agencies in migrating some of their services to the cloud as required by the Office of Management and Budget. Five of the seven agencies succeeded in meeting OMB's requirements and the other two are expected to be compliant by year's end.

Friday - 07/13/2012, 06:42am EDT

IG: Medicare contractors vulnerable to conflicts of interest

Firms that are paid tens of millions of dollars to root out Medicare fraud are bidding on contracts to investigate companies they are doing business with, sometimes their own parent companies, according to a government report released Tuesday.

Tuesday - 07/10/2012, 05:19pm EDT

GAO: Feds lose $80M looking for Medicaid fraud

Private contractors received $102 million to review Medicaid fraud data, yet had only found about $20 million in overpayments since 2008, according to a new report by the federal government.

Friday - 06/15/2012, 11:34am EDT
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Sivak named new CTO at Health and Human Services

Health and Human Services has named entrepreneur Bryan Sivak as its chief technology officer. He replaces Todd Park, who moved on to the White House.

Friday - 06/15/2012, 09:32am EDT

GAO: Feds lose $80M looking for Medicaid fraud

Private contractors received $102 million to review Medicaid fraud data, yet had only found about $20 million in overpayments since 2008, according to a new report by the federal government.

Thursday - 06/14/2012, 07:28pm EDT

Sammies finalists helping to prevent medical errors

Heidi King of the Defense Department and Dr. James Battles at the Agency for Health care Research and Quality, has revolutionized the way the medical personnel behave in hospitals.

Wednesday - 06/13/2012, 09:04am EDT
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NIH's GWAC adjusts to new procurement rules to cut waste, increase competition

The National Institutes of Health has more than a decade of experience under its belt administering a governmentwide acquisition contract (GWAC).

Monday - 06/11/2012, 12:07pm EDT
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Q&A with U.S. CTO Todd Park

Todd Park, chief technology officer of the United States, will talk about Datapalooza, and solutions to federal healthcare IT problems.
May 29, 2012

Wednesday - 05/30/2012, 12:05am EDT
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NIH makes first set of awards under CIO-SP3 GWAC

The agency picks 10 service disabled veteran-owned small businesses (SDVOSBs) for its CIO-SP3 Small Business GWAC. NIH will make other small business and full-and-open awards in the coming month.

Tuesday - 05/22/2012, 03:44pm EDT

When disaster strikes, electronic patient tracking modernizes response

When disaster strikes, one of the biggest challenges facing responders is how to efficiently treat and track those injured. H. Allen Dobbs has made the modernization of the process a priority during his career and is now being recognized for his work.

Monday - 05/14/2012, 01:58pm EDT
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The future of health care cost savings

On this week's show, host Allen Scott examines efforts to cut health care costs and their potential implications for businesses and federal and state budgets. Guests include Health Care Analysts Christopher Flavelle and Brian Rye, and Congressional Analyst Loren Duggan.

Thursday - 05/10/2012, 04:14am EDT
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Agency heads finding light at end of fed-bashing tunnel

Some departments are improving personnel practices around recruitment and knowledge management even in the face of pay freezes and criticisms of public servants. DHS created a higher education engagement group to bring in college students. GSA finds quality of applicants still strong. Senior leaders highlight successes during Public Service Recognition Week.

Wednesday - 05/09/2012, 05:20am EDT
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OPM convenes workgroup to address domestic violence in federal workplace

The Office of Personnel Management will convene an interagency workgroup in the coming weeks to establish governmentwide policies on domestic violence in the federal workplace. Rob Shriver, deputy general council for policy at OPM, has an update on the personnel agency's progress.

Monday - 04/30/2012, 10:19am EDT
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Panel: Hiring reform critical as brain drain looms

The Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp discussed the big issues in recruitment, hiring and retention with a panel of federal hiring experts.

Friday - 04/27/2012, 02:53pm EDT
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Half of federal websites working on mobile strategy

The results of a ForeSee poll also show one-third of the 40 federal websites surveyed already have launched mobile initiatives.

Monday - 04/23/2012, 02:47pm EDT

White House touts success of agency 'challenges'

Increasingly, agencies are using a tool at their disposal. Instead of issuing RFP's, they're issuing challenges. And according to a new report from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, agencies that have jumped on the challenge bandwagon have begun to "reap the rewards of well-designed prizes integrated into a broader innovation strategy."

Tuesday - 04/10/2012, 06:18pm EDT

Legislative changes needed to make bigger dent in improper payments

OMB controller Danny Werfel said the computer matching provisions in the Privacy Act make it harder for agencies to share information that would make stopping or finding waste, fraud and abuse easier. Senate lawmakers agreed they need to update the law to protect information but reduce the complexities.

Thursday - 03/29/2012, 05:21am EDT
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HHS levies $1.5 million on Tenn. insurance company for data theft

The Health and Human Service Department has settled for a $1.5 million fine on Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee, stemming from a 2009 identity theft case.

Friday - 03/16/2012, 07:01pm EDT

Frank Baitman takes over as HHS CIO

The Department of Health and Human Services taps Frank Baitman to be its new chief information officer. He comes to HHS from the Food and Drug Administration where he was an entrepreneur-in-residence.

Friday - 03/09/2012, 04:11pm EST

Obama appoints Todd Park to federal CTO role

The White House announced today President Barack Obama will appoint Todd Park to serve as the next federal chief technology officer. Park most recently served at the CTO of the Health and Human Services Department and fills the slot vacated by Aneesh Chopra, who stepped down last month after three years in the position.

Friday - 03/09/2012, 03:40pm EST
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