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HHS Buyers Club opens door to innovative approaches to IT projects

The Department of Health and Human Services isn't following in the footsteps of the Oscar winning movie, Dallas Buyers Club. Rather, HHS is trying to help contracting officers recognize agile and iterative approaches to buying and managing technology programs.

Tags: Technology , Acquisition , Contracting , Bryan Sivak , DHS , Mike Pozmantier , Mark Naggar , Jason Miller

Thursday - 07/03/2014, 08:39am EDT

Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Health and Human Services Department tech staff is saying, there's got to be a better way when it comes to technology projects. It's not just the sour taste of HealthCare.gov, but also the long history of failed IT programs. Federal News Radio's executive editor, Jason Miller, spoke with Tom Temin on the Federal Drive. Read Jason's related article.

Tags: Jason Miller , Federal Drive , Tom Temin

Thursday - 07/03/2014, 09:44am EDT
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Elise Viebeck, Staff Writer, The Hill Newspaper

The new Health and Human Services Secretary is revamping management of HealthCare.gov. Sylvia Burwell has appointed a new operations manager to closely supervise the website, and she plans to fill more management positions. The goal is to make sure this year's open season doesn't mirror the fiasco of when HealthCare.gov first opened for business last year. Elise Viebeck covers health care issues for The Hill Newspaper. She joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss the new moves.

Tags: Elise Viebeck , The Hill , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp

Tuesday - 06/24/2014, 10:25am EDT
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Burwell appoints new manager to revamp HealthCare.gov

Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell appointed a new high-level operations manager to closely supervise the online portal to coverage under President Barack Obama's health care law. She also announced that she's hiring a CEO and a technology leader to specifically handle all aspects of the health law's coverage expansion.

Tags: Sylvia Mathews Burwell , HealthCare.gov , Technology , management

Saturday - 06/21/2014, 03:46am EDT

New NIH contract explores non-medical technology

The National Institutes of Health is offering a government-wide contract for information technology that could be worth up to $20 billion. The Chief Information Officer - Commodities and Solutions will last for ten years and covers IT requirements across the entire government.

Tags: GDIT Solutions Center , health IT , NIH , CIO-CS ,

Monday - 06/02/2014, 10:09am EDT

Federal HR reforms demand an inside/out strategy

Several agency chief human capital officers say wholesale changes to the federal hiring, recruiting, retaining and firing processes are needed now more than ever. It's no longer just a matter of using the authorities available, they say.

Tags: workforce , management , Partnership for Public Service , Grant Thornton , Michael Kerr , Labor , Brad Bunn , DLA , Patricia Adams , Navy , Ned Holland , HR reforms , Jason Miller

Thursday - 05/22/2014, 04:12am EDT
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Whistleblower hotlines changing the way IGs respond to waste, fraud and abuse

Across the federal government, the officials who run hotline programs in agency inspector general offices say they're finding ways to cut their backlogs of incoming cases and get vital information into the hands of investigators more quickly. In part, it's because those officials are communicating with one another like never before.

Tags: Trust Redefined , inspector general , hotline , whistleblowers , DoD , SIGAR , Patrick Gookin , George Melendez , Scott Vantrease , Jared Serbu

Tuesday - 05/20/2014, 04:08am EDT
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