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White House Officials: To Manage the Government, Open Its Data

Jack Corrigan | Next Gov | September 26, 2017

White House officials see standardizing federal data as a crucial step to making government more effective and efficient. Opening that data to the public could also spur economic growth, they said. “Open data is not just a transparency exercise,” said acting Federal Chief Information Officer Margie Graves. “It really is integral to the management of government itself. Everybody recognizes that this is the platform on which we have to build our house”...

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Who's To Blame When IT Systems Fail?

Joseph Marks | Nextgov | October 11, 2013

When it comes to government technology, assigning responsibility can be tricky. Read More »

2014 Budget Request: Veterans Affairs

Molly Bernhart Walker | FierceGovernmentIT | April 10, 2013

Under President Obama's fiscal 2014 budget request, information technology systems at the Veterans Affairs Department would receive a total discretionary budget authority of $3.683 billion. That means the budget for IT systems would be 15.16 percent more than the current year amount under the continuing resolution when accounting for inflation... Read More »

5 Problematic HIT Projects Costing The Government Billions

Dan Bowman | FierceHealthIT | July 26, 2013

Cost overruns and missed deadlines for several federal agency health technology projects are costing the government "billions of dollars," according to a Government Accountability Office report focusing on the inefficiency of agency IT initiatives published Thursday. Read More »

7 Notable Legal Developments in Open Source in 2016

In 2012 the jury in the first Oracle v. Google trial found that Google's inclusion of Java core library APIs in Android infringed Oracle's copyright. The district court overturned the verdict, holding that the APIs as such were not copyrightable (either as individual method declarations or their "structure, sequence and organization" [SSO]). The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, applying 9th Circuit law, reversed, holding that the "declaring code and the [SSO] of the 37 Java API packages are entitled to copyright protection." The U.S. Supreme Court declined to review the case, and in 2016 a closely watched second trial was held on Google's defense of fair use. In May 2016 the jury returned a unanimous verdict in favor of Google...

A Consulting Firm Transition to Open Source Health Software

Andy Oram | EMR and HIPPA | September 7, 2016

The best hope for sustaining HLN as an open source vendor is the customization model: when an agency needs a new feature or a customized clinical decision support rule, it contracts with HLN to develop it. Naturally, the agency could contract with anyone it wants to upgrade open source software, but HLN would be the first place to look because they are familiar with software they built originally. Other popular models include offering support as a paid service, and building proprietary tools on top of the basic open source version (“open core”). The temptation to skim off the cream of the product and profit by it is so compelling that one of the most vocal stalwarts of the open source process, MariaDB (based on the popular MySQL database) recently broke radically from its tradition and announced a proprietary license for its primary distinguishing extension.

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Agencies Aren't Honest About Tech Spending And Risks, Auditor Says

Joseph Marks | Nextgov | June 11, 2013

Better information technology management could save taxpayers $10 billion within five years, the government's top technology auditor told lawmakers Tuesday. But getting there will require agencies to be more open about what they're spending on IT and what they're actually getting for that investment. Read More »

Agencies Initiate IT Cut-And-Invest Strategy

Jason Miller | Federal News Radio | October 29, 2012

The Office of Management and Budget got its first glimpse into whether agencies would be able to cut 10 percent of their IT budgets, and how they would like to reinvest at least 5 percent of it in fiscal 2014. Read More »

Agencies Under The Gun To Meet Data Transparency Deadlines

Jack Moore | Nextgov.com | December 3, 2014

The Obama administration has six months to prove its implementation of a sweeping new data transparency law is on track...

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Agencies Will Shutter Nearly 400 Data Centers Before October

Joseph Marks | Nextgov | February 8, 2013

The government has shuttered 420 data centers since 2010, 38 of them in the past 10 weeks, according to updated figures the Office of Management and Budget released Friday. Read More »

Agile And Acquisition - The Match.com Of Contracting?

Emily Jarvis | GovLoop | August 12, 2013

"If you could fix hiring and buying in the federal government, you would fix 90% of it's problems," said Bryan Sivak. Sivak is the Chief Technology Officer at the Department of Health and Human Services. Read More »

AHRQ Eyes Quality Improvement Project

Erin McCann | Government Health IT | January 7, 2013

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has requested that the Office of Management and Budget approve funding for a new information collecting project aimed at bolstering efficiency and value in hospitals and medical offices. Read More »

All Eyes On Jeff Zients, Healthcare.gov's ER Surgeon

Anthony Brino | Government Health IT | October 23, 2013

To lead a sort of tech worker surge and software code purge for Healthcare.gov, the Obama Administration has brought in a turnaround guy, Jeffrey Zients. Read More »

Burwell Confirmed As HHS Secretary

Tom Sullivan, | Healthcare IT News | June 6, 2014

The U.S. Senate voted in Sylvia Matthews Burwell as the new Secretary of Health and Human Services on Thursday afternoon.  Burwell, the former head of the Office of Management and Budget, was confirmed 78-17. Before and after the vote, Burwell both faced her share of fire and garnered high praise...

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Burwell Faces Barrage Of Tough Questions In Confirmation Hearing

Erin McCann | Government Health IT | May 8, 2014

President Obama's nominee for Health and Human Services Secretary underwent a Senate committee hearing Thursday morning, during which Senator John McCain, R-Ariz., offered nothing but "highest praise for her work" as deputy director at the Office of Management and Budget, the role which Burwell currently holds.  McCain admitted he recommended Burwell turn down the HHS nomination due to the position being among the "most thankless jobs" in Washington...

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