Vendors abuse IT to steal from Medicare

Medicare contractors have used technology to steal from the federal health care program despite a responsibility to help fight fraud, waste and abuse, according to a report that the General Accounting Office released today.

IRS expands TeleFile options to lure more users

During a recent meeting held by the Electronic Tax Administration Advisory Committee, Internal Revenue Service officials decided to give taxpayers who file electronically by telephone a wider range of payment methods. Currently, TeleFile taxpayers file their returns via telephone and then mail in t

State upgrades personnel system

The State Department is rolling out a new application that will make it easier for the agency to store and retrieve personnel records and information by modernizing and integrating its aging personnel systems into one database. The Global Employment Management System (GEMS) provides realtime monit

OMB wants sooner cutoff on state/local Y2K buying

House committee members and administration officials today said they generally support a proposed bill that will allow state and local governments to buy Year 2000 products and services off General Services Administration federal supply schedules, but they do not agree on the end date.

Missing agency plans hinder Y2K cost projections

Although under pressure to estimate the total cost of the Year 2000 computer problem, the Office of Management and Budget cannot determine if additional funding is needed because most federal agencies did not submit their contingency plans with cost estimates on time, the OMB director said today.

IRS modernization plan garners GAO praise

The General Accounting Office in about two weeks is expected to release a rare positive report about a federal information technology plan in this case cautiously complimenting the Internal Revenue Service on its initial funding plan to manage its highprofile modernization effort. In the report

OMB stresses Y2K contingencies

Acknowledging that most of the federal government's missioncritical computer systems will be ready for the Year 2000, the Office of Management and Budget has shifted its Year 2000 oversight focus to just a few systems and to agencies' contingency plans, according to the latest quarterly report on

LOC preps expanded digital learning center

The Library of Congress today officially will open a remodeled learning center to be used primarily to train teachers how to use the library's digitized historical collections posted on the World Wide Web. Renovations made to the National Digital Library Learning Center, formerly the Digital Librar

OMB confident most fed systems ready for 2000

Acknowledging that most of the federal government's missioncritical computer systems will be ready for the Year 2000, the Office of Management and Budget has shifted its Year 2000 oversight focus to just a few critical systems and agencies' contingency plans, according to the latest quarterly report on agencies' Year 2000 progress.

Agency Y2K Grades

While the federal government has made significant progress in fixing its computer systems for the Year 2000, a House Republican who closely follows the issue said today that most agencies have yet to develop backup plans in case computers fail next year.

Rep. to focus on Y2K integration, contingency plans

Rep. Stephen Horn (RCalif.), the House's chief watchdog for the Year 2000 in the federal government, plans to begin grading agencies' success in integrating entire computer systems and developing contingency plans in case federal computer systems fail next year.

IRS inks electronic software delivery deal

In one of the largest deals of its kind by a civilian agency, the Internal Revenue Service last week signed a $120 million deal for the electronic delivery and upgrade of Microsoft Corp. software across 130,000 desktops nationwide. The IRS signed the blanket purchase agreement with ITC (formerly In

SSA seeks tool to handle customer complaints

The Social Security Administration last month began searching for a commercial offtheshelf software package to use as an automated customerfeedback system that can collect, maintain and analyze data about phone calls the agency receives from the public. The current SSA system for handling caller

Four at-risk agencies make Y2K progress

Four federal agencies that were behind in fixing their Year 2000 problems have made progress in repairing their systems, and they expect their successes to be reflected in the final Year 2000 quarterly report that focuses primarily on agencies' readiness, which is due out in June. The Office of Man

FDA: medical devices still at risk for Y2K

Food and Drug Administration officials last week told House subcommittees that more than 300 medical manufacturers have equipment on the market that could experience failures from Year 2000 computer problems, and another 200 manufacturers have yet to report if their equipment is Year 2000compliant

Data standard eases FDA drug approval

The Food and Drug Administration recently adopted a new technology that enables the agency to begin converting its paperintensive process for approving new drugs into an electronic process. The new technology, called SAS Transport File Format and developed by SAS Institute Inc., Cary, N.C., provid

White House kicks off Y2K campaign

The Clinton administration today launched a nationwide campaign to promote dialogue and to stimulate more action from state and local government officials about their Year 2000 readiness.

OMB warns agencies about reintroducing Y2K errors

The Office of Management and Budget this week asked agencies to develop a plan that protects their Year 2000compliant systems from regulatory actions or information technology changes that could reintroduce software date errors in the fixed computers.

OPM assures feds, retirees that benefits are Y2K-safe

The Office of Personnel Management today launched a media campaign to assure federal employees, retirees and their families that their federal health and life insurance programs, retirement benefits and other services will be unaffected by the Year 2000 computer problem.

DOD says military health systems Y2K-ready

The Defense Department announced today that its medical team spent about $130 million to ensure that health services provided for military personnel and other beneficiaries will not be interrupted by the Year 2000 computer problem.

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