Government learns social media has a double edge

The public knows where to find your Facebook page and they're increasingly ready to use it to let you know what they think. Are you listening?

Japan and our response -- some questions

How will America's ability to help other countries in crisis change in an era of spending cuts? And what does that do to our global image?

FDA wants 33 percent budget increase

The Food and Drug Administration wants a $4.3 billion budget that has new spending on IT, food safety programs, generic drugs, vaccines and regulatory science.

Workforce

FDA outlines plan to be more transparent to industry

The Food and Drug Administration said it is taking a series of actions to make its activities more transparent to industry.

Social media looms in regulations development

New Web 2.0 tools are changing the ways in which government makes and implements rules and regulations.

FDA says its surveillance network exceeds goals

The Food and Drug Administration said it's met its initial target of accessing health data for 25 million people for its Sentinel electronic surveillance network.

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FDA strategic plan heavily reliant on IT

The Food and Drug Administration set agencywide goals in its new draft Strategic Priorities Plan for 2011 to 2015 that touch on many uses of IT.

Workforce

FDA flips switch on performance management app

The Food and Drug Administration has gone live with 40 online dashboards that track performance for more than 100 program offices.

Workforce

FCC, FDA take teamwork approach to telemedicine

The FCC and FDA have scheduled a joint public meeting in July on a teamwork approach to overseeing approval of telemedicine devices.

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FDA task force proposes 21 transparency initiatives

The Food and Drug Administration is seeking public comment on 21 draft ideas to improve transparency and disclosure at the agency.

IT Modernization

FDA launches 40 online performance management dashboards

The Food and Drug Administration has started its online performance management system that tracks agency performance measures on 40 Web-based dashboards.

Food safety legislation may ladle IT money to FDA

Sen. Durbin's bill would increase trace-back and surveillance of food-borne illness data but lacks specifics on how it would be done.

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HHS emphasizes dashboards, new datasets in transparency plan

The Health and Human Services Department is launching two new performance management dashboards and releasing new Medicare patient data as part of its transparency effort.

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Audit reveals FDA not using performance data in management decisions

The Food and Drug Administration is not utilizing performance information effectively to help improve its management, according to the Government Accountability Management Office.

IT Modernization

FDA wants ideas for transparency

The Food and Drug Administration is asking consumers and industry executives for ideas on how to improve the flow of information about the agency's activities.

IT Modernization

FDA broadens reach through widgets, content syndication

A widget embedded on partner Web sites drove more than 20 million visitors to FDA.gov to learn more about the peanut recall.

FDA weighs tighter oversight of health IT apps to protect patients

The Food and Drug Administration is considering stepping up its oversight of patient safety related to health IT software, according to an FDA official.

Change comes to FDA's reporting structure

FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg elevates the Office of Women's Health so that it now reports directly to her, and creates an Office of Special Medical Programs for pediatric, combination and orphan drugs, as well as an Office of Foods.

Food-safety, public health surveillance IT highlight FDA fiscal 2011 budget request

The Food and Drug Administration wants a 23 percent increase in its budget for fiscal 2011 in part to expand several information technology programs.

IT Modernization

FDA rolls out Web-based risk assessment tool for food, drug imports

The Food and Drug Administration is launching its automated risk-assessment system that will flag high-risk shipments of imported food and drugs.

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