Greg Slabodkin

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

CMS not addressing EHR vulnerabilities, says OIG

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. 

Global losses from natural disasters moderate in 2013, says report

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.

GAO: DHS needs reliable data on management and administration activities

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.

GAO: Ineffective risk management jeopardizes DoD audit readiness

Ineffective risk management is impairing progress towards audit-ready financial statements at the Defense Department, says the Government Accountability Office. Specifically, auditors take (.pdf) the...

White House solicits input for follow-on Open Government plan

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, Microsoft pursue transparency lawsuit against government

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.

Auditors find VA personnel accreditation process for claimant representatives lacking

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)

FAA needs to improve air traffic controller facility training, says IG

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).

DOE confirms July 2013 cyber incident impacting 53,000 employees

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.

King County, Wash. latest local jurisdiction to push back against ICE

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.