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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."

Tags: Challenge.gov , challenges , OSTP , Air Force Research Laboratory , GSA

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.

Tags: management , financial management , Danny Werfel , Tom Coburn , Tom Carper , OMB , Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Co , GAO , CMS , Recovery audits , improper payments , waste, fraud and abuse , IRS , SSA , Tax delinquent contractors , industry , Jason Miller

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.

Tags: cybersecurity , Cybersecurity Update , In Depth , Francis Rose

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.

Tags: Frank Baitman , FDA , SSA , Jason Miller , technology

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.

Tags: Todd Park , OSTP , Aneesh Chopra , technology , people

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

OMB reports contract spending stayed flat in 2011

A new report shows agencies already cut the use of management-support contracts by 7 percent in 2011. OMB details four focus areas to continue to reduce spending on contracts for 2012.

Tags: acquisition , contracting , Danny Werfel , OMB , Commerce , Rebecca Blank , Intelligent Decisions , strategic sourcing , Campaign to Cut Waste , Interior , management support contracts , high-risk contracts , Jason Miller

Friday - 02/24/2012, 05:32pm EST

HRSA's building renovation gives IT push toward improvements

Cathy Flickinger said her biggest challenge is keeping the IT operations going while her bureau's building is upgraded. She has moved mission critical apps and websites to the cloud.
February 9, 2012

Tags: technology , Cathy Flickinger , Health Resources and Services Administration , cloud computing , telework , identity management , HPSD-12 , shared services , SAIC , Ask the CIO , Jason Miller

Thursday - 02/09/2012, 09:51pm EST
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ONC developing mobile security in health IT

ONC said it wants to encourage the adoption of new technologies in clinical settings, but it also want to make sure patient privacy is kept safe and secure.

Tags: Office of the National Coordinator , Joy Pritts , health IT , technology , Federal Drive

Tuesday - 02/07/2012, 08:27am EST
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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.

Tags: John Kamensky , IBM Center for the Business of Government , management , government reorganization , OMB , Commerce , Federal Drive , SBA , Ian Shapiro

Tuesday - 01/17/2012, 09:29am EST
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ASI Government, ManTech complete acquisitions

Federal acquisition consultant ASI Government has purchased Frontline Solutions Corporation, a technical assistance company that provides support services to the intelligence community and the Defense Department.

Tags: ASI Government , Frontline Solutions Corporation , Chris Comstock , Kymm McCabe , ManTech , Evolvent , technology , acquisition , DoD , VA , heatlh care

Monday - 01/09/2012, 10:58am EST
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