Biography for Greg Slabodkin
For more than 15 years, Greg Slabodkin has written about medical information technology for several tech trade publications, with a brief stint in corporate communications for a large medical device manufacturer. He was nominated for a Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Award, and is the recipient of a Post-Newsweek Business Information Editorial Excellence Award for his news reporting. Follow @Slabodkin on Twitter and find him on LinkedIn.
Articles by Greg Slabodkin
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and its contractors have paid little attention to addressing potential fraud and abuse vulnerabilities in electronic health records, according to a report from Health and Human Services Department's Office of Inspector General.
Despite "exceptionally high losses" due to weather-related catastrophes in Europe and Supertyphoon Haiyan in the Philippines, global financial losses were moderate in 2013, finds German reinsurance company Munich Re. A total of 880 natural disasters globally killed more than 20,000 people last year--a higher death toll than in 2012, but significantly below the average of the past 10 years, which was 106,000.
The Homeland Security Department has not identified its total spending on management and administration activities, making it difficult for DHS to effectively plan and manage its resources, finds the Government Accountability Office.
The Obama administration is seeking the public's help in developing a second National Action Plan on Open Government, states a White House blog post. The administration poses a series of questions for public response by September 23. At a later date, the White House said it will provide an online a summary of the submissions received from the public.
Google and Microsoft are suing the federal government for permission to publish the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act requests the companies receive. However, recent negotiations between the tech giants and the Justice Department haven't resolved the legal battle, according to a Microsoft blog post.
The Veterans Affairs Department Office of General Counsel is not properly accrediting personnel whose job it is to help veterans or their family members file claims for VA benefits, says the Government Accountability Office report (.pdf)
Until the Federal Aviation Administration implements a plethora of recommendations and establishes completion timeframes for its air traffic controller training program, the agency the FAA will continue to face significant challenges such as high training time and costs, says a Transportation Department Inspector General audit report (.pdf).
The Energy Department office chief information officer has confirmed that a cyber incident in late July resulted in the unauthorized disclosure of personally identifiable information of approximately 53,000 past and current federal employees, including dependents and contractors.
In what appears to be a growing trend nationwide, King County, Wash. is the latest local government to consider no longer complying with routine Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainer requests, as reported by the Seattle Times.