Commission on Care, lawmakers want commercial EHR for VA

The leaders of the Commission on Care are recommending that the Department of Veterans Affairs abandon its homegrown VistA software for a commercial product.

Obama backs 15 of 18 VA commission recommendations

The Veterans Affairs' Commission on Care report includes a recommendation to add a CIO post at the Veterans Health Administration.

Cybersecurity

Obama looks to avoid cyber arms race

After meeting with Russian leader Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of G-20 conference, President Barack Obama said he does not want a "Wild, Wild West" scenario when it comes to cyber.

The future of interoperability

There's more work to do to for the VA and the Pentagon to improve health data sharing.

Cybersecurity

Lawmakers want cyber on the agenda at the G20 summit in China

Six U.S. lawmakers sent a letter to the president asking him to prioritize a discussion of cyberattacks on financial institutions during his upcoming trip to China.

Lawmakers want the latest on new background check agency

Two Democratic lawmakers have asked OPM for a progress report on the planned National Background Investigations Bureau.

Will the MEGABYTE Act save money?

The MEGABYTE Act enshrines key Obama administration IT initiatives into law and promises to save at least $2 billion a year on software spending -- assuming implementation goes according to plan.

IT Modernization

Air Force moving to Windows 10 within two years

The Air Force announced it is accelerating its Windows 10 upgrade, with an eye to finishing within two years.

Lawmakers call on major airlines to fix IT issues

A pair of senators asked U.S. airline companies for details on problems with their IT systems.

Cybersecurity

Cardin: Cybersecurity still top priority, needs more attention

The ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee said cybersecurity remains one of the top priorities for his state and that bad actors are constantly trying to harm U.S. national security.

Cybersecurity

Hacks targeting Democrats put a spotlight on cyber in Congress

Congress is trying to get its house in order when it comes to cybersecurity, after non-public info on lawmakers was leaked.

People

Is Will Hurd in trouble?

Will Hurd enjoys a high profile on IT issues as a freshman congressman, but he needs to win a tough election if he wants to keep rising on Capitol Hill.

Acquisition

VA mulls commercial EHR

The Department of Veterans Affairs is rounding up options for potential off-the-shelf health records software to replace its homegrown VistA product.

Questions persist about U.S. Census as Aussie effort lags

The spotlight will be on the U.S. Census Bureau for the 2020 count, especially in light of a major IT fail by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, which prevented thousands of people from completing their mandatory surveys.

Workforce

Delays in Data Act standards could complicate compliance

A GAO report says the data transparency law holds considerable promise for ensuring that government money is well spent, but data schema and tools for agencies are not yet where they need to be.

Acquisition

Understanding how FITARA grades are calculated

The Government Accountability Office scores agencies' implementation efforts -- and some of the metrics may surprise you.

Cybersecurity

DOD CIO calls for better industry collaboration on cyber

The Defense Department's Terry Halvorsen said technology firms must work together to craft better cybersecurity solutions.

Workforce

Understanding how FITARA grades are calculated

The Government Accountability Office plays a big role in determining whether agencies are successfully implementing FITARA.

VA and VistA: Can they be fixed?

VA's homegrown electronic health record system is at an inflection point -- one that encapsulates the state of the agency's entire technology operation.

Cybersecurity

OMB issues A-130 update

The long-awaited update to Circular A-130 addresses a range of cybersecurity issues, including insider threats and feds' use of personal email accounts at work.

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