Tag Archives: Department of Health and Human Services

HHS Needs Info on Technologies to Improve Health Care in Underserved Areas; Brett Giroir Quoted

HHS Technology

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) seeks input on how to better address chronic diseases and improve the U.S. health care system in underserved communities via innovative technologies. HHS said Tuesday its Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH) released a request for information in search of ways to apply artificial intelligence, apps, biosensors and other modern technologies to health care.

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Oki Mek: AI, Machine Learning Could Help Speed Up ATO Processes

Artificial Intelligence

Hackers are targeting federal information technology systems as employees transition to telework due to the COVID-19 pandemic and Oki Mek, a top IT adviser at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), said that highlights the need to accelerate the authority to operate processes using artificial intelligence and machine learning. 

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DoD’s Joint Acquisition Task Force to Become Defense Assisted Acquisition Cell; Hon. Ellen Lord Quoted

Hon. Ellen Lord

The Joint Acquisition Task Force established by the Department of Defense (DoD) to help coordinate the delivery of acquisition support to other agencies during the COVID-19 pandemic will be called the Defense Assisted Acquisition Cell and will operate under the Joint Rapid Acquisition Cell starting next year, Federal News Network reported Wednesday.

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USDA, HHS, FCC Sign Memorandum for Rural Health Program; Sonny Perdue Quoted

Rural Health Program

The Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) have signed an agreement to maintain the delivery of health services to rural areas in the U.S. amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The Rural Telehealth Initiative aims to market broadband services and address health and service provider gaps

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Seven Federal Agencies Respond to Sen. Maggie Hassan’s IT Modernization Inquiry

Sen. Maggie Hassan

Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) asked 10 federal agencies in June about their efforts to modernize their legacy information technology systems and seven of those agencies responded. The Department of Defense (DoD), Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) said they developed updated IT platforms. 

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Hon. Ellen Lord: COVID-19 Joint Acquisition Task Force’s Capabilities to Stay After Pandemic

Hon. Ellen Lord

Ellen Lord, undersecretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment and a 2020 Wash100 Award winner, said the COVID-19 Joint Acquisition Task Force’s capabilities will continue post-pandemic and the Department of Defense will integrate JATF’s operations into the Joint Rapid Acquisition Cell to prepare DoD to assist other federal agencies with their procurement needs in the event of another health crisis.

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House OKs $1.3T Appropriations Minibus for FY 2021

US Capitol

The House on Friday voted 217-197 to pass a package of six appropriations bills that would allocate $1.3 trillion in fiscal year 2021 funds for several federal agencies, including the departments of Defense (DoD), Health and Human Services (HHS), Energy (DoE), Commerce (DOC) and Justice (DOJ).

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HHS Taps Texas-Based Innovation Center for COVID-19 Vaccine Production

HHS

The Department of Health and Human Services has tasked an innovation center within Texas A&M University System to support the production of COVID-19 vaccines under a $265M order. The university system's Center for Innovation in Advanced Development and Manufacturing will provide added production space for potential vaccines in support of Operation Warp Speed, a program that aims to provide 300M COVID-19 vaccines by January 2021, HHS said Monday.

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Bryan Ware on DHS Cyber Vulnerability Notifications to Medical Sector

Bryan Ware

Bryan Ware, assistant director at the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), said DHS has transmitted to the medical industry hundreds of tailored cyber vulnerability notifications since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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