The HHS secretary is also calling for the creation of a chief risk officer position at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services tasked with reducing risks associated with major policy initiatives.
Open letter urges Congress and the president to ensure U.S. surveillance efforts are "restricted by law, proportionate to the risks, transparent and subject to independent oversight."
A Republican critic claims gaps in the department's defenses "would be obvious to a 13-year-old with a laptop."
Legislation alone will not fix federal IT management, Richard Spires argues, but there are fundamental problems that a new statute can help address.
Measure would provide a statutory framework to some elements of President Barack Obama's executive order on cybersecurity.
Legislation would require state-by-state statistics, and put a price tag on the cost of the "tech surge" being conducted to fix the site.
The legislation would also target insider threats in the wake of the leaks by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.
Move could fast-track IT procurement reform, as the House added its version to the defense authorization bill in June.
A House bill designed to improve the energy efficiency of federal data centers could wind up as part of a bipartisan Senate energy measure.
The measure includes oversight authority aimed at ensuring the accuracy of spending data, a provision lacking in companion Senate legislation.
Top officials were alerted to the potential for serious problems six months before the troubled site’s Oct. 1 launch.
The problems with large federal IT projects are deep, broad and mostly immune to quick fixes. So what's to be done?