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GSA now hosts 100 federal apps

A milestone for mobile technology in the federal government. The General Services Admiinstration says its mobile apps site now hosts 100 different citizen-facing applications from across the government. That's compared to two years ago, when held a catalog of just 15 apps. The 100th addition is a smoking cessation app from the National Cancer Institute. It helps smokers track cravings, moods, progress toward milestones and smoking triggers.

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Thursday - 03/01/2012, 06:30pm EST

HHS, DOJ report record health fraud recoveries

The Justice Department and the Departments of Health and Human Services are reporting record-breaking health care fraud recoveries for 2011. The Health Care Fraud and Abuse Program returned 4.1 billion dollars to the Medicare Trust Fund and the Treasury last year. That includes 2.4 billion dollars in bogus claims they recovered in civil court under the false claims act, and 1.3 billion dollars in fines and restitution in criminal cases. Officials credit a new anti fraud team the two departments first created in 2009.

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Friday - 02/17/2012, 03:43pm EST

Air Force experimenting with commercial 4g wireless networks

The Air Force wants to know if commercial cellular networks might be the way forward for its wireless communications needs. The service is trying to collapse several of its legacy wireless networks that it says are becoming too costly and too cumbersome to operate. At Langley Air Force Base, the Command and Control Integration Center has just started testing the 4g wireless networks of the four largest national cellular carriers. They're also testing next generation handheld devices running both Android and Apple's iOS.

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Friday - 02/17/2012, 03:42pm EST

HHS wants more accessible EHRs for people with disabilities

The Department of Health and Human Services wants to spur the creation of a new generation of software that makes electronic health records more accessible to Americans with disabilities. The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology is launching a EHR Accessibility Module Challenge. They'll award prizes of up to 60-thousand dollars for people who can create usable mobile apps for people with vision, hearing, intellectual, and other disabilities.

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Friday - 02/17/2012, 11:47am EST

NRC moves backend office systems to cloud

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is becoming only the second federal agency to move its big backend office systems to the cloud. NRC has awarded a 23 million dollar contract to transition its Financial Accounting and Integrated Management Information System to a privately-hosted infrastructure. The agency had been using hosting services provided by the Interior Department. The NRC decision follows a similar move by the Labor department last year, when moved its financial systems to a private cloud.

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Friday - 02/17/2012, 11:44am EST

Navy awards contract to modernize shipboard IT

The Navy has awarded a contract worth up to 638-million dollars to modernize the IT infrastructure aboard its ships. The Consolidated Afloat Networks and Enterprise Services, or CANES project, will consolidate at least five different network architecutures that grew up on Navy ships in a stovepiped fashion. The goal is to install the system on 180 ships, submarines and maritime operations centers by the year 2020. The first CANES installation is scheduled to go live on a Navy destroyer later this year.

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Thursday - 02/02/2012, 11:20am EST

ONC wants best practices for data protection on mobile devices

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology is working to identify some best practices for mobile devices. The project aims to help medical providers secure and protect health information on laptops, tablets and smartphones as those devices continue to proliferate throughout the clinical sector. The ONC will gather public input to identify good practices. It then plans to spread those practices through what it promises will be clear, concise, easy to understand language.

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Thursday - 02/02/2012, 11:17am EST

FEHBP plans to add Blue Button

The Office of Personnel Management says all federal employees who use the Federal Employee Health Benefits Plan will soon be able to download their own personal health records. Providers in the FEHBP are adding the Blue Button technology, initially spearheaded by the Department of Veterans Affairs. OPM says it'll let feds access their own lab results, medication and problem lists, allergies, appointment data and wellness reminders from a secure website. The office says the recognizable Blue Button service will make it easier to share those records with health providers and family members.

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Monday - 01/30/2012, 02:55pm EST

GSA moves, to cloud

Several of the U.S. government's most recognizable websites are moving to the cloud. The General Services Administration has signed a deal to transition sites including, and several others to a privately hosted and managed cloud platform. GSA made the 20 million dollar award under its new blanket purchase agreement for cloud infrastructure-as-a-service. It's the second such major deal under that BPA. The Homeland Security department used the vehicle to move several of its public websites to the cloud last summer.

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Monday - 01/30/2012, 02:53pm EST

Army move to cloud email delayed at least 45 days

Congress has added a roadblock to the Army's move to a government-operated cloud for enterprise email service. Language in this year's Defense authorization bill requires the Army to put its move to the cloud on hold while it prepares reports and business case analyses for the service, operated by the Defense Information Systems Agency, and reports back to lawmakers. The Army estimates it'll set back its transition to enterprise email by at least 45 days.

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Monday - 01/30/2012, 02:51pm EST
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