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3 takeaways from HealthCare.gov cyber hearing

HHS and CMS cyber officials tell House lawmakers the Affordable Care Act portal is meeting or exceeding industry best practices for information assurance.

Tags: Frank Baitman , Steve VanRoekel , Todd Park , Henry Chao , Darrell Issa , Gerry Connolly , Kevin Charest , Barack Obama , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , HealthCare.gov , technology , health IT , Congress , Jason Miller , Inside the Reporters Notebook , FITARA

Friday - 01/17/2014, 03:22pm EST

CMS, IRS promise to meet cybersecurity requirements to protect Affordable Care Act data

While leaders at CMS said the hub connecting personal information stored in the health insurance marketplace to multiple agencies will be ready by the Oct. 1 deadline, legislators are concerned with how well CMS is securing individuals' personal information from cyber threats.

Tags: technology , health care , ACA , cybersecurity , Marilyn Tavenner , CMS , GAO , Danny Werfel , IRS , Henry Chao , Jackie Speier , Diane Black , Melissa Dawkins

Wednesday - 07/17/2013, 08:31pm EDT

CBO: House bill requiring detailed program inventories will cost $100M

A House bill designed to reduce government redundancy by requiring agencies to provide detailed reports about the programs they operate will cost about $100 million for agencies to implement, according to a Congressional Budget Office analysis. The Taxpayers Right to Know Act, introduced by Rep. James Lankford, would required agencies to publicly post detailed information about each of the program they operate, including costs and the number of employee dedicated to them.

Tags: budget , duplication , CBO , Taxpayers Right To Know Act , Tom Coburn

Friday - 07/06/2012, 04:56pm EDT

Mica to take over new Government Operations subcommittee

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is consolidating two subcommittees that oversee major agency functions, such as procurement and technology, into a new panel. No news yet on who will be the ranking members.

Tags: Congress , oversight , John Mica , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , financial management , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 01/02/2013, 03:33pm EST

Column: Finding answers to a better trained acquisition workforce

Rep. James Lankford (R-Okla.) said the acquisition workforce is most important to improving how the government buys goods and services. He said with 55 percent of the current workforce eligible to retire by 2018, agencies and Congress have to work together to figure out how best to train and equip these employees to be successful.

Tags: Congress , House , acquisition , acquisition workforce , contracting , Inside the Worlds Biggest Buyer

Wednesday - 06/13/2012, 05:56am EDT

Federal Drive interviews - May 8, 2012

Dr. Sonja Batten, deputy chief for specialty mental health, Veterans Affairs Department, discusses the VA's plans to hire 2,000 mental health professionals and support staff. Rep. James Lankford (R-Okla.) talks about two bills aimed at reducing the number of duplicative government programs.

Tags: Federal Drive , Congress , House , Veterans Affairs Department , Joe Petrillo , Petrillo and Powell , FAR , Julian Sanchez , Cato Institute , Sonja Batten

Tuesday - 05/08/2012, 09:53am EDT

Bill calls for 'duplication score' to cut wasteful programs

Rep. James Lankford (R-Okla.) has cosponsored two pieces of legislation that target duplication of government services, both in the legislative and executive branches.

Tags: House , Congress , Federal Drive , duplication , Michael OConnell

Tuesday - 05/08/2012, 11:41am EDT
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House ready to OK GOP budget, rejects rival plans

After rejecting a bipartisan compromise and President Obama's budget Wednesday, the House prepares to vote on a Republican plan that calls for an extension of the federal pay freeze through 2015, increased federal retirement contributions and a reduction of the federal workforce by 10 percent.

Tags: budget , Congress , House , Senate , Barack Obama , John Boehner , Medicaid

Thursday - 03/29/2012, 07:44am EDT

OMB, Congress to put grant-making process under more scrutiny

Rep. James Lankford (R-Okla.) said he will hold hearings to see how to make the federal grant process more transparent. The administration merged two existing boards into a new Council on Financial Assistance Reform to improve the grant-making process. HHS awarded a $32.4 million contract for IT services for grants.gov portal.

Tags: technology , grants , OMB , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , Jacob Lew , Danny Werfel , Grants.gov , Council on Financial Assistance Reform , HHS , GAO , Jason Miller

Monday - 10/31/2011, 04:20pm EDT
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Rep. Lankford says training will ease acquisition workforce transition

The chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee on Technology, Information Policy, Intergovernmental Relations and Procurement Reform said agencies need to do more to train new employees to make the best decisions. Lankford said the turnover in the workforce and the lack of consistent training for the new employees is a major concern for the subcommittee.

Tags: acquisition , acquisition workforce , training , OFPP , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee , Federal Acquisition Institute , Jason Miller

Tuesday - 11/01/2011, 07:29pm EDT
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