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12:59 pm, September 23, 2014

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Government hackers try to crack HealthCare.gov

Report: Government's own 'white-hat' hackers give HealthCare.gov mixed review on security

Updated 57 minutes, 13 seconds ago

Dr. Rana Hajjeh, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

From cracking down on Medicare fraud to giving paralyzed veterans the ability to walk, over the past several months we've been telling you about the great work of this year's Service to America Medals nominees. The winners were recognized at a gala in Washington last night. Tom Temin spoke with this year's Federal Employee of the Year. Dr. Rana Hajjeh is director of the Division of Bacterial Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She told Tom Temin on the Federal Drive about her work and what's next.

Tuesday - 09/23/2014, 10:01am EDT
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Reginald France, Health and Human Services Department Office of Inspector General, Miami Regional Office

Each year, fake Medicare claims filed by medical equipment suppliers, home health care agencies and pharmacies bill the federal government out of billions of dollars. Florida is considered ground zero for health care fraud. One reason is a big portion of its residents are over the age of 65. Reginald France is an assistant special agent in charge at the Health and Human Services Department's Inspector General office in Miami. He and his team led Medicare fraud investigations resulting in nearly 700 convictions in South Florida. For their work, team members are winners of the Homeland Security and Law Enforcement Medal in this year's Service to America Medals. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss his role in the investigations.

Monday - 09/22/2014, 09:28am EDT
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Partnership names CDC team Federal Employee of the Year

The Partnership for Public Service named the winners of the 13th Annual Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals. Dr. Rana Hajjeh and a team from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were honored for promoting the immunization of children worldwide to prevent the spread of the Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) virus.

Monday - 09/22/2014, 04:14am EDT
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have until Nov. 15 to close real and potential holes in the HealthCare.gov website. CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner promised House lawmakers the site would be improved when open enrollment begins. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details on CMS' plans and some lawmakers' concerns over the security of HealthCare.gov.

Friday - 09/19/2014, 08:24am EDT
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CMS sets new deadline to fix two dozen HealthCare.gov cyber shortfalls

Marilyn Tavenner, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services administrator, promised House lawmakers Thursday that the site would be better protected when open enrollment begins in two months. The recent attack on the HealthCare.gov didn't succeed in stealing any data, DHS says. But some lawmakers say a year into the Affordable Care Act, the website still has basic cybersecurity challenges that should have been fixed.

Friday - 09/19/2014, 04:17am EDT

Public-private partnerships in healthcare IT

On this week's Federal Tech Talk, Damon Davis, director of the Health Data Initiative at the HHS Idea Lab, and Sara Zellner, director of Programs at the Health Data Consortium, how public-private partnerships can help address issues like transparency and security in healthcare IT.

Tuesday - 09/02/2014, 06:33pm EDT
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New challenge for HealthCare.gov: Tax forms

HealthCare.gov: Delays in sending out millions of forms could slow consumers' tax refunds

Saturday - 08/30/2014, 01:10am EDT

CEO named for HealthCare.gov

The Obama administration picks Connecticut official Kevin Counihan to run HealthCare.gov.

Tuesday - 08/26/2014, 03:54pm EDT

US won't reveal records on health website security

Citing threats from hackers, US won't release security details for federal health care website

Thursday - 08/21/2014, 11:08am EDT

Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

A few weeks ago, you may never have heard of the Ebola virus. Now you can't stop hearing about it. Although only a few Americans have been infected, the virus' potential has several federal agencies working to better understand, treat and find a cure for this deadly disease. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss NIH's efforts to combat the Ebola virus.

Wednesday - 08/20/2014, 09:32am EDT
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Tom Salmon, Assistant Inspector General, Audit Services Office, HHS

The 10-year anniversary of Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 is next week. Agencies have spent the last 10 years pursuing ways to verify the identities of their employees. The Department of Health and Human Services is one of them, and the Inspector General's office at HHS has new research on how the agency is doing. Tom Salmon is assistant inspector general in the Office of Audit Services at the Department of Health and Human Services. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said this work may be new -- but the HHS IG has been reporting on HSPD-12 for a long time.

Tuesday - 08/19/2014, 04:19pm EDT
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Inside the Reporter's Notebook: Swinging exit doors at VA, DHS, GSA; Procurement fun at HHS

Executive Editor Jason Miller looks at the news and information you may have missed or that slipped through the cracks at conferences, hearings and the like.

Friday - 08/08/2014, 05:52pm EDT

Gov't closing emergency child immigrant shelters

The government said Monday it will soon close three emergency shelters it established at U.S. military bases to temporarily house children caught crossing the Mexican border alone. It said fewer children were being caught and other shelters will be adequate.

Tuesday - 08/05/2014, 09:15am EDT

Feds to feel the squeeze as cubicles and offices shrink

Federal workers to see as much as 50 percent less cubicle or office space as part of how agencies are reducing office space costs. Rep. Lou Barletta (R-Pa.) pressed GSA and others on their preparation to more efficiently deal with 100 million square feet of leased space that is scheduled to expire in the next five years.

Thursday - 07/31/2014, 04:28am EDT
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Sean Kaufman, President, Behavioral-Based Improvement Solutions

Members of Congress are calling for tighter regulations of government labs handling dangerous microbes. The call comes after employees at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention mishandled materials containing flu and anthrax samples. Sean Kaufman is a former CDC scientist, now president of Behavioral-Based Improvement Solutions. He recently testified to Congress about the safety violations at the CDC. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the safety lapses.

Friday - 07/18/2014, 11:00am EDT
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AFCEA-Bethesda, Children's Inn end partnership for annual charitable gala

The Children's Inn at NIH will not be involved with AFCEA-Bethesda's annual fundraising gala in 2015 after a change in the number of charitable recipients involved in the event.

Thursday - 07/10/2014, 03:17pm EDT

Janet Woodcock, Food and Drug Administration

The Food and Drug Administration is trying to harness the data in electronic health records to help develop better medicine. In a pilot program, it regularly surveys 18 large health care organizations. Right now, it's mining records and claims data from more than 150 million patients nationwide. Janet Woodcock is director of the FDA Center for Drug Evaluations and Research. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain how the pilot, known as Mini-Sentinel, works.

Thursday - 07/10/2014, 06:20am EDT
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Russ Hereford, Deputy Regional Inspector General, Health and Human Services

Year two of the Affordable Care Act is underway with open enrollment starting Oct. 1. But the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is already working to fix a big problem with the federal health insurance marketplace. The Health and Human Services inspector general found problems in verifying the data people used to enroll, producing inconsistencies that slowed down enrollment. Russ Hereford is deputy regional inspector general for HHS. He explains to Tom Temin on the Federal Drive how extensive the problem is.

Wednesday - 07/09/2014, 11:20am EDT
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Dr. William Gahl, Program Director, National Institutes of Health

Each year, sick people are told they have diseases so rare, they can't be diagnosed. Investigators at the National Institutes of Health looked at hundreds of cold cases. They've created a new network to tackle these mysterious diseases. The Undiagnosed Diseases Network will recruit doctors to conduct research that planners hope will lead to better understanding of these puzzling symptoms and find treatments. Six universities around the country have signed on. NIH Program Director Dr. William Gahl joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the new effort.

Monday - 07/07/2014, 10:06am EDT
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