Workforce

New health IT coordinator will act fast on stimulus

Congress wants a health IT operations plan by May 15 before it releases stimulus funding, a senior official from the coordinator’s office said.

Workforce

VA management changes pay off

The Veterans Affairs department gave its CIO more power and centralized authority to improve its track record with IT projects.

IT Modernization

New performance self-assessment tool launched

The developers say the application calculates a federal employee’s strengths, weaknesses and potential for a pay raise in an annual evaluation.

Cybersecurity

CIOs urge more telework programs

Officials also say managers need different skills to supervise employees who work at remote locations.

IT Modernization

OMB: Agencies must pay to upgrade Grants.gov

Grant-making agencies must cover the costs to strengthen the governmentwide grants portal to accommodate the crush of stimulus funds applications.

Cybersecurity

VA, DOD to create lifetime e-record

President Barack Obama said VA and DOD are moving toward a single, lifetime electronic health record for active-duty service members and veterans.

Workforce

Obama creates health reform office

White House health reform office would provide leadership to form policies and priorities for federal efforts to improve access and quality of health care.

Workforce

House chairmen want to stop performance pay

Senior Democrats urge OMB to review how to improve federal performance management following the freeze of DOD’s pay-for-performance system.

IT Modernization

HHS makes software available for health IT network

The department said it wants to encourage health organizations to connect to the nationwide health information network by using the open-source software.

Cybersecurity

IRS slow on security settings, IG says

The tax agency also was late to establish a project management team for FDCC, which did not follow best practices, auditors have said.

Workforce

GAO appoints HIT committee members

The Government Accountability Office has named 13 members to the Health Information Technology Policy Committee, an advisory body established by the economic stimulus law.

Workforce

Baker to focus on results as VA's CIO

The former Commerce Department chief information officer also was a technology adviser on Obama's transition team.

Workforce

Senate confirms Berry as OPM chief

The former head of the National Zoo said he wants to make the federal government a model employer.

Stimulus money heightens urgency for health IT guidance

HHS and the health IT coordinator must ramp up standards work to meet stimulus deadlines.

Workforce

GAO names Health IT panel members

The HHS secretary and congressional leadership would name seven more members to a panel that will advise on policy for a nationwide health IT infrastructure.

Workforce

Senate confirms Mills to head SBA

Karen Mills would help put SBA back on track to carry out its lending, technical assistance and entrepreneurship programs, a senator said.

Workforce

Fed officials see uncertain future for NSPS

DOD must ensure fairness for employees who are covered by the pay and performance management system with safeguards and standard business rules, GAO said.

Workforce

Obama names Baker to be VA's CIO

Roger Baker was a technology adviser to Obama's presidential transition team and a Commerce Department CIO during the Clinton administration.

IT Modernization

Treasury launches FinancialStability.gov

The site helps users understand the financial system's problems and track the administration’s efforts to fix them.

Workforce

Bill would simplify federal hiring process

Sens. Akaka and Voinovich have introduced legislation to streamline federal hiring processes and make the government an employer of choice.

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