Acquisition

NIH picks 54 winners for major IT deal

The Chief Information Officer-Solutions and Partners 3 contract will provide support for enterprise architectures across government.

Digital Government

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.

Workforce

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.

Lessons learned from NIH online app

The National Institutes of Health's Pillbox program has shown that a project manager may have to move outside the comfort zone.

NIH starts tool for electronic health records

National Library of Medicine has created a free tool to furnish patients' electronic health records with information specific to their conditions.

Cybersecurity

Learning on the job: How to make the most of mentoring

Former and current government officials share their tips for establishing a solid mentoring relationship.

Workforce

Telework awards honor agencies with top-rated programs

Annual Tele-Vision awards honor federal agencies with pioneering telework agendas.

Workforce

Acquisition officials share tips on communication, transparency

Federal acquisition professionals shared tips for improving communications between program managers and contracting officials at the Federal IT Acquisition Summit.

Workforce

NIH, CDC sign global pact on data sharing

Several funders of public health research are coming closer to overcoming barriers to information sharing with a new global agreement, supporters say.

Acquisition

NIH agency tests waters with hybrid procurement

NIEHS is planning an enterprise IT services deal in which the contractor could provide support through a variety of procurement approaches.

NIH builds a bridge to paperless processes

The National Cancer Institute and Bristol-Myers Squibb are using digital certificates to eliminate paper in a cancer therapy evaluation program, a trend that advocates hope will become more widespread in government.

Workforce

National Library of Medicine opens application portal

The National Library of Medicine introduced a new website to help developers and the public create mashups.

Culture, management issues continue to affect consolidation efforts

The success of data center consolidation initiatives will be determined more by culture and management issues than technology, according to federal managers and industry experts speaking at a recent conference on data center optimization.

Workforce

Innovative NIH online purchasing system honored

National Institutes of Health's Purchasing Online Tracking System generates $1 million in savings a year by eliminating double data entry and reducing staffing and resource costs.

Acquisition

NIH wins approval for third CIOSP contract

OMB officials have approved the governmentwide contract after recognizing agencies' new duties because of the major overhaul of the health-care system.

Agencies to measure effects of science spending

The White House and two agencies will start collecting data on federal spending's effects on science.

HHS distributes $1 billion to research labs

The Health and Human Services Department will give $1 billion in economic stimulus law funding to academic and public health laboratories.

Agencies sponsor $12M IT innovation contest

Organizations can compete on six teams for the best innovations in smart grid, IT infrastructure and green technology.

Cybersecurity

Access granted: NIH opens doors to medical resources

In March, the National Institutes of Health became the first government agency to accept two types of industry-standard online identity credentials that people can get for free.

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