Acquisition

This year's Sammies includes a special COVID response category

Partnership for Public Service announced the 29 finalists for its annual Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals.

Workforce

Unions, agencies encouraging feds to get vaccinated

Early results from federal workforce campaigns suggest that vaccine uptake could present challenges once availability for all age groups is no longer an obstacle.

Cybersecurity

Why PPE acquisition looks so shady

Furtive exchanges, police interdiction, international charter flights: our acquisition reporter takes a look at why the market for personal protective equipment looks so wild.

Workforce

FDA wants to upgrade ethics filing platform

The Food and Drug Administration aims to improve the way documents for ethics rules compliance are filed and tracked.

Workforce

Feds rally against shutdown as missed paychecks loom

With feds on furlough or working without pay face the prospect of a missed paycheck, President Trump signaled a long shutdown by cancelling his trip to the World Economic Forum in Davos on Jan. 22.

Workforce

What federal job automation looks like

As the Trump administration aims to drive efficiency and accuracy and eliminate "low-value work," agencies are starting to think about what aspects of their operations lend themselves to automation.

Cybersecurity

FDA moves to require patching in connected medical devices

The Food and Drug Administration is looking to make sure internet-enabled medical devices can be updated to guard against cyberthreats.

IT Modernization

FDA alerts on pacemaker recall for cyber flaw

Nearly 500,000 patients with pacemakers manufactured by Abbott, formerly St. Jude Medical, are potentially affected by in an security recall.

Cybersecurity

House panel praises cybersecurity teamwork

The House Energy & Commerce Committee staff didn't wait for a report on FDA's cyber vulnerabilities to be completed to before it let the agency know there was a big potential problem.

FDA has a role to play in software updates to medical devices

The Food and Drug Administration wants input from manufacturers and others about when a software update to a medical device would require premarket notification.

IT Modernization

FDA plans major IT refresh

The Food and Drug Administration is focusing on cloud and mobility in a coming technology overhaul.

Cybersecurity

FDA's cyber guidance gets key congressman's support

Rep. Jim Langevin (D-R.I.) is backing the Food and Drug Administration's proposed cybersecurity guidance for medical device manufacturers.

Cybersecurity

Can the FDA secure medical devices?

Regulators and industry face the daunting challenge of keeping medical devices online while protecting against cyberthreats.

Cybersecurity

FDA issues draft guidance for medical device vulnerabilities

Security can be built into the design of a product, but risks can surface throughout its life cycle, the agency said in announcing the draft guidance.

Audit finds shortcomings in how FDA manages IT investments

The Food and Drug Administration has an IT investment budget of about $400 million a year that needs to be managed better, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office.

Cybersecurity

Employees sue FDA over privacy violations

A group of FDA staffers filed suit against the agency for monitoring their personal email on agency computers.

Workforce

Rising stars: Young feds bring innovation to agencies

Federal managers, take note: A new generation of public servants is transforming the government, and these rising stars have new ways of thinking when it comes to solving old problems.

IT Modernization

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.

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.

IT Modernization

FDA proposes regulating mobile health apps

For the first time, federal regulators are scrutinizing the mobile health applications market.

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