2014 Year-in-Review: Big names and big stories

SPECIAL REPORT: Fedscoop’s 2014 Year-in-Review. We take a look back at this year’s biggest newsmakers in federal IT and the challenges that government technology professionals faced as they tried to keep pace with the fast-moving world of tech.

We have you covered through the 12 days of federal IT, from acquisition to cloud computing, Congress, cybersecurity, Defense, FAA, FCC, health IT, patent and trademark, Veterans Affairs, the White House and workforce issues.

Democrats: Todd Park subpoena sends negative message to private innovators

Lawmakers got their chance Tuesday to question former U.S. Chief Technology Officer Todd Park about his involvement in the botched rollout of Healthcare.gov. And while Republicans focused on his accountability as a leader, Democrats expressed fear that his forced testimony could discourage private innovators from helping with the government’s major technology undertakings.

Todd Park subpoenaed again to testify on HealthCare.gov

House Science Committee Republicans want the former federal chief technology officer to answer questions about his role in the launch of HealthCare.gov.

White House releases new open government initiatives

Criticized for his administration’s lack of transparency, President Barack Obama announced a series of new open government initiatives Wednesday designed to improve online accessibility, education and innovation.

Assessing the VanRoekel digital legacy

From the Digital Government Strategy to bringing increased transparency to IT investments through the PortfolioStat initiative, former U.S. Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel is credited with giving the federal government its “permission slip to innovate.” But questions remain about whether the former Microsoft executive was aggressive enough in transforming government.

Todd Park could be subpoenaed to testify on Healthcare.gov breach

He may not be the chief technology officer of the U.S. anymore, but Todd Park, the technology lead under President Obama during the rollout of the Affordable Care Act last year, is already wanted back in Washington to answer for a recent breach of the Healthcare.gov website.

Ms. Smith goes to Washington

Now that the White House has confirmed Megan Smith will take over as the next U.S. chief technology officer, industry leaders and analysts wonder how the former Google vice president will fare in the bureaucracy of the federal government.

Could another Google employee be White House bound?

Just a week after the White House officially announced that U.S. chief technology officer Todd Park would be leaving the position and moving back to California, Fortune Magazine is reporting that Google’s Megan Smith will succeed him.

Todd Park to step down as U.S. CTO by end of August

Todd Park, the United States Chief Technology Officer, will step down by the end of August, an official familiar with the situation confirmed to FedScoop.

Park will take on a new role working as part of the White House team from Silicon Valley where he will focus on recruiting top tech talent and help channel the best ideas from the tech community into IT efforts in government.

After healthcare.gov, White House creates Digital Service team

Less than a year since a small team of private sector digital technology experts attempted to save the flawed healthcare.gov marketplace, a new team in the Office of Management and Budget will lead an effort to help recreate the government’s digital experience.

Agencies showcase disaster tech at White House Demo Day

More than a half dozen agencies and just under 20 private companies met at the White House July 29 to highlight new digital tools to help citizens cope in the aftermath of a disaster.

Pahlka tweets farewell to Washington

Jennifer Pahlka, the founder and executive director at Code for America who served for the past year as the deputy chief technology officer for government innovation at the White House, has left the building.

Health Datapalooza introduces new health data and tools

A packed house of 2,000-plus Monday morning were the first to hear of new health data and tools from the Federal Drug Administration and the Department of Health and Human Services announced at the 2014 Health Datapalooza in Washington, D.C.

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.

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.

State enrollment of ACA dwarfs that of federal site

Almost three times as many have signed up for health care coverage through state-run health exchanges than through the federal government’s marketplace as part of the Affordable Care Act, the Department of Health and Human Services reported Wednesday.

Top technologists testify on healthcare.gov

The plagued rollout of healthcare.gov isn’t so much a technical issue, but rooted in a larger management challenge and failure to adopt private-sector best practices in launching IT projects, according to testimony heard at the Nov. 13 hearing on the Affordable Care Act Health Insurance Marketplace.

CTO Park subpoenaed about healthcare.gov

U.S. Chief Technology Officer Todd Park has been subpoenaed by a House committee to speak about the ailing healthcare.gov website.

Using tech to fight human trafficking epidemic

The White House is using technology to tackle an age-old issue from a new perspective. Human trafficking is a global problem and one the administration has pledged to redouble its efforts on here in the U.S.

Energy high as health IT week kicks off in DC

With Monday marking the kickoff of National Health IT Week, U.S. CTO Todd Park took the opportunity to bring his trademark enthusiasm to an already-energetic crowd at the Health and Human Services Department.

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