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Success in the Cloud: Recovery.gov on Best Practices

As more federal agencies and departments look to cloud-computing platforms, some organizations are sharing their success stories. Recovery.gov, the website clearinghouse for financial data about disbursed American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds, is one example of an early cloud adopter leading the way for other federal agencies. Michael Wood, director …

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Health IT ‘Rock Star’ Blumenthal Sits Pretty at Year’s End

In the world of electronic health records, David Blumenthal the national coordinator for health IT is a celebrity. Health Leaders Media, in a list of the top 20 change agents in healthcare, goes even further, calling him a verifiable “rock star.” HealthLeaders20, a compilation of healthcare figures changing the industry …

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Cloud-first Policy Inspires Talk, Action

When federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra unveiled the government’s fixes for federal IT in the form of a 25-point overhaul of management and acquisition, the new cloud-first policy was one of the bullet points that had many tongues wagging. But, while cloud computing has inspired much talk, many are …

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HHS Unveils New Health IT Initiatives

In the efforts to create a national system of electronic health records, regional extension centers, which will assist healthcare providers in making the digital switch, are the connective tissue, holding everything else together. Last week, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology unveiled five new initiatives to …

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Napolitano: Cybersecurity is Not a Battlefield

Some have characterized cybersecurity as a challenge for the private marketplace, and others have laid it squarely on the shoulders of the military, calling the efforts to secure cyberspace the latest battle frontier. But, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is having none of it. Speaking at a cybersecurity …

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DoD Seeks Comments on Federal IT Worker Job Swap

Making the switch from government to the private sector can make many workers feel like foreign exchange students. And, now, the Defense Department is looking at ways to strengthen the revolving door between government and industry – in a good way. The pilot Information Technology Exchange Program, authorized under the …

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