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Microsoft executive to take over healthcare.gov team

A Microsoft executive in charge of the company's Office suite will now lead the technology team of healthcare.gov, the Health and Human Services Department  announced  Monday.

Healthcare.gov adds queuing system to cope with excess capacity

If someone visits the site while it is at capacity, it will prompt them to enter an email address and then send an email with suggestions for when to try again, said Jeffrey Zients, the Obama administration official overseeing efforts to repair the site. The email will include a link that places the user at the front of the line when he or she attempts to visit the site again.

Audio: Dec. 1 healthcare.gov announcement by Obama administration officials

Obama administration officials told reporters during a Dec. 1 call that they've met their objective of making healthcare.gov work smoothly for the  vast majority of users  by the end of November, also releasing a  report  (.pdf) containing metrics.

Contractors point fingers at each other and CMS during healthcare.gov hearing

Problems plaguing healthcare.gov should be fixed for most users by the end of next month, former White House official Jeffrey Zients told reporters days into his role as head of the " tech surge " the Obama administration says will resolve the system's technical issues. Zients's comment came after a four hour Oct. 24  hearing  of the House Energy and Commerce Committee during which system contractors were witnesses.

Damage control and political fire-fanning over healthcare.gov

Damage control and political fire-fanning dominate the fourth week of healthcare.gov's existence, making the federal healthcare insurance website for the 36 states that refused to build their own insurance exchange the locus for partisan divide and continuing criticism of federal information technology management. A poll shows that a majority of Americans may already believe that website problems are part of a broader problem with the health insurance law's implementation.

Spotlight: VanRoekel leading OMB management team

Federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel will serve as the Office of Management and Budget's deputy director for management.

The president's 2014 budget request

President Obama sent to Congress Wednesday a $3.77 trillion budget proposal for fiscal 2014, a total amounting to about $14 million less than estimated fiscal 2013 spending. When accounting for White House-projected inflation, that proposed topline is 0.37 below current year spending.

Deese tapped for OMB deputy director, Zients's post-OMB future unknown

President Barack Obama nominated Brian Deese as deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget Monday, according to a White House press release. Obama tapped Sylvia Burwell for the top spot at OMB on March 4. The confirmation process is expected to go smoothly, White House Spokesman Jay Carney said at a March 19 press briefing.

PortfolioStat update integrates FDCCI, in attempt to streamline reporting

New guidance, in the form of a memo (.pdf) signed by OMB Director Jeff Zients and Federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel, combines PortfolioStat and the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative into a single, streamlined reporting mechanism. As part of this approach, FDCCI success won't be measured by closures, says the memo.

Sequestration comes into effect

The Office of Management and Budget has outlined the budget cuts that must be applied to the federal government under sequestration, but there is no political consensus on their economic impact. "According to analysis by outside experts, sequestration would reduce real GDP growth for 2013 by 0.5 to 0.7 percentage points were it to continue for the rest of the calendar year," says the White House.