Tag Archives: covid

IG Report Calls for DOD to Align Implementation Plan for Pandemic With Telework Policy

Telework Policy

The Department of Defense’s (DOD) office of inspector general (OIG) has recommended that the assistant secretary of defense for homeland defense and global security update the DOD Implementation Plan for Pandemic Influenza to include revised planning assumptions regarding the use of telework for essential and non-essential employees and align the plan with the Pentagon’s telework policy.

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OMB Reinstates Framework for Performance Monitoring, Customer Experience; Pam Coleman Quoted

Executive Order

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has issued a guidance that will re-establish performance management and customer experience metrics that were eliminated by the prior administration. Pam Coleman, associate director of performance and personnel management at OMB, wrote in blog post published Wednesday that the guidance will restore a performance framework for delivering government services in line with key priorities.

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SBA Chief Isabel Guzman on Critical Need to Provide Federal Relief to Small Businesses

Isabel Guzman

Isabel Guzman, administrator of the Small Business Administration (SBA), told The 19th in an interview published Thursday that providing immediate federal relief to small companies is “really critical” as these businesses deal with the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Guzman highlighted the need to link small businesses to the federal marketplace.

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CNSI Receives Five-Year ProviderOne MMIS Contract Extension From Washington State Health Care Authority; CEO Todd Stottlemyer Quoted

Todd Stottlemyer

CNSI, a leading Medicaid Management Information Systems (MMIS) provider, announced on Thursday that the company’s ProviderOne MMIS contract has been extended through June 2026 by the Washington State Health Care Authority. CNSI developed the Washington State Health Care Authority’s modular ProviderOne Medicaid system to be a strategic and scalable asset.

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Leigh Method on Proposed Defense Policy Updates for Contractors, Contingency Support

Leigh Method

Leigh Method, deputy assistant secretary of the Department of Defense (DOD) for Logistics, has said that her office is looking to clarify defense policies involving contracted personnel, contingency operations and DOD-contractor responsibilities. The new rules also seek to clarify DOD and contractor requirements such as pre-deployment health assessments, she added.

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Government Healthcare Practitioners Use AI to Support Cancer, COVID-19 Treatment

Healthcare Automation

Andrew Borkowski, who leads a molecular diagnostics laboratory within Florida-based James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital, said artificial intelligence can support, but not replace, healthcare providers. He has been working on AI platforms designed to help healthcare practitioners detect lung, colon and colon cancer symptoms. NIH has also adopted AI for use in COVID-19 detection. 

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Janet Yellen Confirmed as Treasury Secretary

Janet Yellen

The Senate voted 84-15 Monday to confirm Janet Yellen, former chair of the Federal Reserve, as secretary of the Department of the Treasury (USDT). Yellen’s confirmation made her the first woman to hold the top post at the Treasury. She is a labor economist who also served as vice chair of the Federal Reserve and chair of the Council of Economic Advisers during the Clinton administration. 

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NASCIO Highlights Harmonized Cyber Regulations in 2021 Fed Advocacy Priorities

NASCIO

The National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) plans to focus on providing state and local governments with a cybersecurity grant program, aligning federal regulations on cybersecurity and launching other efforts to ensure governments are capable of defending against increasing cybersecurity attacks. Denis Goulet said the priorities underscore the need to have a "multi-faceted approach to cybersecurity."

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George Mason Partners with UiPath to Launch RPA Initiative

UiPath

The Center for Business Civic Engagement (CBCE) at George Mason University (Mason) has partnered with UiPath to establish the Robotic Process Automation (RPA) Initiative. The joint project will work to determine the impact of RPA on government effectiveness and efficiency. "We believe the partnership is a great fit and will benefit citizens seeking greater value in public sector programs and initiatives,” said Bobby Patrick, UiPath chief marketing officer.

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Report: DoD Contract Obligations Up 10% in Fiscal 2020

Paid Leave Reimbursement

The Department of Defense (DoD) obligated $445.5 billion on contract awards during fiscal year 2020, a nearly 10 percent increase from the year-ago period's contracting obligations of $404.5 billion, driven primarily by events related to the global security landscape and coronavirus pandemic. It was also noted that Lockheed secured the highest amount of contracting dollars at $72.3 billion.

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