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Analysis: White House reorg plan could leave out agencies' functions

The White House is taking a new step toward reducing duplicative government programs and reorganizing agencies. John Kamensky of the IBM Center for the Business of Government and Ira Shapiro, an international trade lawyer, give analysis on the recent administration proposals.

Tuesday - 01/17/2012, 09:29am EST
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Study: Problems with Medicare contractors persist

Private contractors that are supposed to guard against Medicare fraud paid claims submitted in the names of dead providers or for unnecessary medical treatments, which were among problems estimated to cost more than $1 billion in 2009, according to an inspector general report released Friday.

Friday - 12/16/2011, 12:53pm EST

Feds plan to shell out more money to get to work

Without Congressional action, the public transit benefit that many federal employees use to take the subway, bus or vanpool to work will decrease on Jan. 1 from $230 to $125 per month. Feds said, for the most part, they'll continue to use mass transit even if it costs them more to get to work.

Friday - 12/16/2011, 05:35am EST
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Sunlight reviews open government directive

John Wonderlich of the Sunlight Foundation talks about his organization's review of the Open Government Directive. How well have agencies complied with mandate?

Wednesday - 12/14/2011, 12:52pm EST
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Treasury, HHS, Justice find more areas to cut waste

Cutting back on excess dollar-coins, tackling Medicare prescription drug abuse and prosecuting procurement fraud are just some of the ways the White House says agencies cut back on government waste in 2011.

Wednesday - 12/14/2011, 05:14am EST
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'Moneyball' strategy works for feds?

Agencies have tons of data but don't always use it wisely. A new report examines how a few agencies are analyzing statistics to reach their goals. The Partnership for Public Service and IBM suggest in their report agencies try the 2002 Oakland A's approach to using statistics to build a winning team.

Thursday - 12/01/2011, 05:33am EST
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Indian Health Service facing data deadline

Acting CIO Howard Hays said the agency is taking advantage of the work VA is doing to update its systems. Indian Health Services borrows heavily from VA's VistA electronic health records system.
November 17, 2011(Encore presentation December 29, 2011)

Friday - 11/18/2011, 12:58am EST
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Contract and grant transparency is 'wave of the future'

Nancy Gunderson, deputy assistant secretary for grants, acquisition policy and accountability at Health and Human Services, talks about the challenges her agency faces in contracting.

Wednesday - 11/16/2011, 10:37am EST
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Agencies cut improper payments by $18 billion

Most of the fiscal 2011 reductions came from the departments of Education, Agriculture and Health and Human Services. The administration also announced new steps aimed at improving how agencies use suspension and debarment to deal with unreliable contractors and grant recipients.

Tuesday - 11/15/2011, 04:36pm EST
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Contract will help small businesses reap health IT rewards

Ed Wilgus, senior contracting officer with the National Institutes of Health Information Technology Acquisition and Assessment Center, discusses new health IT contract.

Wednesday - 11/02/2011, 01:54pm EDT
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Demise of Obama long-term care plan leaves gap

It's the one major health expense for which nearly all Americans are uninsured. The dilemma of paying for long-term care is likely to worsen now that the Obama administration pulled the plug on a program seen as a first step.

Monday - 10/24/2011, 12:42pm EDT

Two whistleblowers get 45-day stay after OSC intervention

After the Office of Special Counsel intervened on their behalf, two federal whistleblowers won a 45-day stay on personnel actions taken against them.

Friday - 10/14/2011, 03:27pm EDT

Gathering and securing health information

Host John Gilroy is joined by John Booth, director of Web and New Media services at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Service.
October 11, 2011

Tuesday - 10/11/2011, 11:27pm EDT
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Gathering and securing health information

Host John Gilroy is joined by Jon Booth, director of Web and New Media Services at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid services.
October 11, 2011

Tuesday - 10/11/2011, 06:20pm EDT
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CDC: Plot of 'Contagion' not so farfetched

Dr. Barbara Reynolds, the senior crisis communication adviser at the CDC, joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Amy Morris to talk about the real-life work that CDC does in responding to health threats.

Tuesday - 09/27/2011, 08:42am EDT
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NIEM's value expanding beyond law enforcement data sharing

Several agencies and other countries are using the The National Information Exchange Model framework to create common vocabularies for everything from orange juice production to cybersecurity and health care. Kshemendra Paul, the program manager for the Information Sharing Environment, said the U.S., Mexico and Canada have signed an agreement to run pilots using standards based on NIEM for pandemic and public safety information sharing.

Wednesday - 09/21/2011, 05:39am EDT
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HHS awards $40M cybersecurity contract

Merlin International, a veteran-owned IT firm, has landed a five-year, $40 million cybersecurity contract with the Health and Human Services Department.

Wednesday - 09/14/2011, 11:14am EDT

Agencies' health IT success becomes model for nation

The Department of Health and Human Services wants more people to access their own medical records online. The Department of Veterans Affairs, the Department of Defense and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services already have successful programs in place. They use a "blue button" feature that lets patients download their data.

Tuesday - 09/13/2011, 07:23pm EDT
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Post-9/11, HHS learned how to answer states' needs

When terrorists destroyed the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, federal medical workers rushed to the scene. State officials weren't expecting the volunteers, and didn't know what to do with them. Ten years later, Department of Health and Human Services' preparedness and response officials say they now work better with states to prepare for and react to disasters.

Monday - 09/12/2011, 05:29am EDT
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HHS: Data breaches exposed info of 7.8M people last year

More than 7.8 million people were victims of healthcare data breaches from 2009 to 2010, the Health and Human Services Department said in a recent report to Congress.

Friday - 09/09/2011, 11:48am EDT
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