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CBO: Senate’s Federal Health IT Bill Would Cost $122M Through 2021

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The Congressional Budget Office has estimated that it would cost $122 million over the 2017 to 2021 period to implement a bill that would require the Department of Health and Human Services to expand federal health information technology programs. CBO said Friday the Senate’s Improving Health Information Technology Act would not affect direct spending or on-budget deficits through four consecutive 10-year periods beginning …

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GAO: Congress Should Not Fund 2017 LCS Acquisition

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The Government Accountability Office has recommended Congress to not fund the acquisition of two Littoral Combat Ships requested for 2017 due to what auditors identified as the vessel’s obsolete design and construction backlogs. A GAO report published Thursday says the Defense Department has not fully implemented prior recommendations regarding LCS and frigate acquisitions such …

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Congress Authorizes $136M for GSA’s 2 Federal Courthouse Projects in Georgia and Mississippi

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Congress has granted final authorization to the General Services Administration to spend nearly $136 million for the construction of two federal courthouses in Savannah, Georgia and Greenville, Mississippi. GSA said Thursday the two projects have been included as priorities for the federal judiciary as part of the fiscal year 2016 omnibus spending bill. …

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GAO: DoD Should Update Workload Shortfall Calculation Guidance, Offer Congress More Info

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The Government Accountability Office has recommended the Defense Department update guidance on the calculation of workload shortfalls and provide Congress with additional information on future reports to help bolster oversight. A GAO report published Monday says DoD’s 2016 Biennial Core Report complied with two out of three Section 2464-required reporting elements and partially complied with the …

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Cato Institute’s Michael Cannon: Donald Trump Should Privatize VA to Address Concerns With Veterans Benefits

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Michael Cannon, director of health policy studies at Cato Institute, has said President-elect Donald Trump should push for the privatization of the Department of Veterans Affairs and collaborate with Congress in order to build a system of veterans benefits. Cannon wrote in a Forbes opinion piece published Nov. 11 that Trump …

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