Federal health IT officials are requesting feedback on a new draft strategy that seeks to modernize the healthcare system, including improving individual care and expanding research. More than 35 federal agencies have worked on developing the draft that identifies priorities to advance the collection, sharing and use of electronic health information.
The Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act, or FITARA, will be rolled in to the fiscal year 2015 National Defense Authorization Act, according to a Dec. 3 statement from the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. The legislation would give federal chief information officers more acquisition oversight.
Try as it might, the federal government doesn't have the best track record on publicly reporting spending data, Gene Dodaro, comptroller general of the Government Accountability Office, told lawmakers Dec. 3. USASpending.gov's success thus far could serve as a cautionary tale for the implementation of the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act, or DATA Act, said Dodaro during a hearing of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
Members of AARP, a nonprofit group that serves adults 50 years or older, are testing technology to help them better manage their digital identities in a simple, but more secure way using biometrics. It's just one of 15 federally funded pilots that was recently highlighted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology.
As the federal government increasingly releases more health data to help patients, physicians, hospitals and others better understand treatments, outcomes and costs, panelists at a Brookings Institution discussion Dec. 1 said that data need to be more usable and accurate.
Los Alamos National Laboratory has updated bioinformatics software that's now capable of identifying DNA from viruses – enabling healthcare professionals, researchers and others to better identify diseases and choose therapies for cancer treatment.
Using an application programming interface, the Commerce, State and Treasury departments have created the searchable Consolidated Screening List that contains names of more than 8,000 company and individual names – and their aliases – restricted from conducting business with American companies as a result of U.S. export regulations, sanctions or other conditions.
The Center for Democracy and Technology says it would be beneficial for the European Commission to provide its views on a case in which a U.S. federal court has ordered Microsoft to produce a customer's information that's stored in a data center in Ireland – an order the company has refused to comply with.
The Postal Service didn't notify some 800,000 USPS employees immediately when it was believed their personally identifiable information was compromised because it did not want to jeoprodize the investigation and alert the perpetrators, said a USPS officia Nov. 19 before a House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee. In fact, the investigation is still very much underway, said Randy Miskanic, vice president of secure digital solutions at USPS.
Federal website managers have additional tools to improve their sites' "findability," including access to more query and click data, as a result of recent upgrades to the backend analytics framework used by the General Services Administration's digital search program.