Agency News: Health and Human Services


Proven tips to make the best performance dashboards

Agencies should check out the colorful dials on the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office's online dashboard to see some good dashboard design. Read on for more tips and good examples.

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Jessica Nadine Hernandez: Turning a new page in federal libraries

Hernandez recruited a team of creative and energetic federal employees who are interested in modernizing federal libraries.

HHS debuts smoking cessation mobile texting apps

The National Cancer Institute is offering customizable text message programs to teens and adults who want to quit smoking.

HHS learns QR code lessons on AIDS.gov website

The AIDS.gov federal website team has learned some valuable lessons in adopting QR c odes as part of its outreach program.

HHS releases health IT strategic plan through 2015

The Health and Human Services Department has published its vision of how health information technology used by doctors and hospitals will improve care and health and lower costs.

New Labor dashboard to cut waste, fraud

The Labor Department and White House are using a new online dashboard to highlight states in which a high percentage of unemployment benefit payments are improper.

Agencies don't account for all program costs, experts say

Auditors at GAO found that several agencies with interagency contracts and those that help with acquisitions don’t carefully account for all the costs of their programs.

HHS updating regulations to fit new tech

The Health and Human Services Department has a plan for updating regulations that covers things such as telemedicine.

CMS solicits contracts for data center project

CMS hunts for contractors for virtual data center.

Agencies don't reward innovation, feds say

In a time when efficiency and effectiveness should be at a premium, federal employees don't believe their agencies reward innovation, according to a new survey.

HHS wants app to turn Facebook friends into disaster lifelines

The Health and Human Services Department has started its Lifeline Facebook App Challenge, which seeks to turn social media friends into "lifelines" during a disaster.

HHS publishes guidelines for agency podcasting

The Health and Human Services Department has published some tips to help agencies with podcasting, even though there are some indications the technology is losing popularity.