Health secretary to step down

Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, is stepping down after five years on the post, ending her HHS career in the wake of the botched rollout of healthcare.gov and several congressional hearings in which she was blamed for the rocky launch.

Commerce puts best foot forward in open data

The government faces various challenges, but there is one that is universal among agencies: unleashing data.

Health IT blueprint released for review

In response to legislation passed by Congress in 2012, the Food and Drug Administration, in consultation with the Federal Communications Commission and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT at the Department of Health and Human Services, released a report with a proposed strategy and recommendations for a health IT framework.

New partnership aims to expand HHS’ CONNECT program

The Department of Health and Human Services has joined the list of federal agencies and organizations to wield the power of open source technology to drive efficiencies in a 21st-century government.

VanRoekel sees progress on government’s digital strategy

Next month marks two years since the Obama administration released its Digital Government Strategy for leveraging information technology to transform government services. And while some have complained about the lack of direction and resources to make change happen at the agency level, the nation’s top chief information officer said he sees the fruits of the strategy beginning to take hold.

Guest column: Presidential Innovation Fellows: a model for impact and change

Adam Dole, a current presidential innovation fellow working on the MyData Initiatives (Blue Button) at the Department of Health and Human Services, discusses in this guest column how the program changed his life — and his future career aspirations.

Industry, gov officials make sense of cloud and mobility connection

As cloud computing use increases, so do organizations’ interest in accessing that technology from as many mobile devices as possible.

Budget breakdown: Windfall for workforce, R&D and STEM education

Despite what many consider a very modest pay raise for government employees, the budget request for fiscal year 2015 appears to actually invest in the federal workforce. Unveiled March 4, the FY 2015 budget request proposed a 1 percent pay increase for government employees, but emphasized more significant investments in training, development and recruitment initiatives for the federal workforce.

FDA seeks to up social media surveillance

The Food and Drug Administration is looking for another way to leverage social media to meet its mission needs. The agency posted a Sources Sought Notice on FedBizOpps in late February for use of social media that would give FDA another arm with which to monitor its risks in real time.

Blue Button Connector makes electronic records easier for public

The Department of Health and Human Services launched Feb. 24 an early-release version of the Blue Button Connector at the HIMSS conference in Orlando, Fla.

Blue Button gains powerful allies

Several of the largest pharmacy chains in the United States on Feb. 7 pledged their support for the Blue Button initiative, a way for Americans to access their electronic health data.

US and UK reach across pond on health IT

The Department of Health and Human Services and the United Kingdom’s National Health Services signed a bilateral agreement Jan. 23 to collaborate in four health IT areas.

FedWire: Snowlar vortex, bionic limbs, and comet chasing

FedWire is FedScoop’s afternoon roundup of news and notes from the federal IT community. Send your links and videos to tips@fedscoop.com.

Where’s the money: DMV home to top federal IT contracts

Of all the federal spending in fiscal year 2012, one-fifth was done in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia. However, for the federal IT community, there is a far more interesting statistic. Half of the total federal IT spending was in Virginia, Maryland and D.C., according to a new report.

Safety data takes center stage

Technologists, safety officers, entrepreneurs and government officials gathered at the Agriculture Department on Tuesday for the second annual Safety Datapalooza.

CGI Federal won’t get healthcare.gov contract renewal

Many would consider it a breakup long overdue: The Obama administration and CGI Federal, the main IT contractor hired to build the error-prone healthcare.gov marketplace, are parting ways, according a Jan. 10 article by The Washington Post.

New bill zeroes in on healthcare.gov security

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor announced intentions to bring a bill addressing healthcare.gov security to the floor next week. The bill would, in part, require the government to notify citizens if a hacker has compromised their personal information.

6 oversight issues that stole the headlines in 2013

Waste, fraud and abuse in government commonly make the news, and 2013 was no exception. FedScoop took a look at some of the most attention-grabbing stories that ignited public outcry and landed in the crosshairs of the oversight committees.

FedWire: Unmanned vehicle roadmap, supporting cyber center, and cloudy superworlds

FedWire is FedScoop’s afternoon roundup of news and notes from the federal IT community. Send your links and videos to tips@fedscoop.com.

Open Data 500: Intersection of open data and the economy

Open data has been top of mind for many government officials this year as they have taken on the latest challenge from the administration and the public: complete data transparency.

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