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Federal Procurement Vet Sandra Hamilton Takes HHS Division Director Role

Sandra Hamilton, chief of contracts and acquisitions branch at the State Department, was named director of the Department of Health and Human Services’ information technology policy, strategy and planning division, G2Xchange ETC reported Friday. She has more than two decades of federal civilian service in the IT capital and strategic planning, contracting and procurement, budget planning and portfolio management areas.

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White House Announces Gears of Government President’s Award Winners

The White House announced on Monday that the recipients of the Gears of Government President’s Award, which seeks to acknowledge the contributions of federal employees and teams who help improve the lives of U.S. citizens. “These awards recognize not just the front-line mission employees, but also those teams and individuals that are strengthening our country to be a more modern, effective government to better serve their fellow citizens,” Margaret Weichert, deputy director for management at the Office of management and Budget, said in a statement published Monday.

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GAO Sees Effective Implementation of FITARA to Update Federal IT

The Government Accountability Office discovered that nine agencies successfully implemented provisions of a 2014 law requiring changes to governmentwide information technology management. GAO released a report on Monday highlighting the 12 practices that helped agencies implement the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act

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CIO Andrea Norris on NIH’s Core Data Network, Digital Transformation Effort

Andrea Norris, chief information officer at the National Institutes of Health, said her office moves approximately 6 petabytes of data each day through a core computational network, Federal News Network reported Thursday. “Our backbone network is one core because the predominant data that we’re moving through there is scientific by far, but we do have set up in some cases, we architect virtual local networks for specialized scientific instrumentation,” Norris said on the network’s Federal Monthly Insights - Digital Transformation.

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HHS Unveils CMS Primary Cares Initiative; Alex Azar Quoted

The Department of Health and Human Services launched a new program that aims to transform primary care and reduce administrative burdens for health care providers through a set of payment models. HHS said Monday the CMS Primary Cares Initiative seeks to support patients with chronic conditions and serious illnesses and has five payment model options: Primary Care First; PCF - High Need Populations; Direct Contracting - Global; Direct Contracting - Professional; Direct Contracting - Geographic.

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HHS Launches IT Workforce Acquisition Pilot with U.S. Digital Service

The Department of Health and Human Services is seeking information technology professionals to help the department with healthcare modernization efforts, FCW reported Friday. HHS partnered with the U.S. Digital Service to hire IT personnel to help with data management, data collection, customer support and analysis that will support acquisitions and policymaking.

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HHS Holds Tech Sprint to Develop AI, Data-Driven Healthcare Tools

The Department of Health and Human Services has partnered with the Presidential Innovation Fellows for a 14-week program to develop data-driven tools streamlining healthcare operations, HHS said ThursdayThe Opportunity Project Health sprint saw 11 teams from around the world produce digital health-related tools utilizing emerging technology and curated datasets provided by the HHS and PIFs.

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Blockchain-AI Tool to Help HSS Collect Live Acquisition Data

The Department of Health and Human Services received approval to use blockchain and artificial intelligence based tools to collect data from the contracting systems to provide live acquisition information, Federal News Network reported FridayHHS Accelerate received the authority to operate on Monday and is expected to immediately start gathering data from five federal contract-writing systems with nearly 100K contracts worth nearly $25B.

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