Tag Archives: Department of Health and Human Services

Chad Clifford: HHS-Led Grants Management Marketplace to Kick Off by End 2021

Chad Clifford

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the agency tasked to develop a government-wide shared services center for grants management, is eyeing to launch the marketplace segment of the Quality Service Management Office (QSMO) by the end of 2021. Chad Clifford, executive director at HHS, said the marketplace is slated to kick off in the early fiscal year 2022.

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HHS Awards $73M to 10 Universities Under Public Health IT Workforce Program; Secretary Xavier Becerra Quoted

Xavier Becerra

The Department of Health and Human Services has awarded $73 million in cooperative agreements to 10 higher education and minority-serving institutions through a program that seeks to train over 4,000 individuals in public health informatics and technology areas. "Thanks to the American Rescue Plan, we can invest in growing our nation's public health workforce today to better meet the needs of tomorrow,” HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra.

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CGI Secures $34.4M Contract at CMS’ Center for Program Integrity; Steve Sousa Quoted


CGI reported on Wednesday that the company has been awarded a five-year, $34.4 million contract from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Center for Program Integrity (CPI) to implement API Gateway. This major evolution will potentially save CMS and taxpayers millions of dollars and unnecessary resources.

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GAO: HHS Should Strengthen Cyber Threat Information Sharing

Health and Human

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has recommended that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) facilitate threat information sharing to help improve coordination and collaboration on cybersecurity efforts. GAO made the recommendation after it found that the Health Sector Cybersecurity Coordination Center, one of HHS entities, does not routinely secure threat information from the Healthcare Threat Operations Center. 

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BARDA, GHIC Form Venture Capital Partnership to Prevent Future Pandemics; Gary Disbrow Quoted

Gary Disbrow

The Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) has partnered with the nonprofit Global Health Investment Corp. (GHIC) on a program meant to advance the use of venture capital practices to facilitate investments in medical technologies that could help prevent pandemics and other public health emergencies.

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Valiance To Continue Caliburn’s Migrant Minors Humanitarian Work For HHS; Grace Flores-Hughes Quoted

Caliburn International

Caliburn International announced Wednesday it is separating into two independent companies. The new companies will be Acuity International and Valiance Humanitarian. Valiance will continue Caliburn’s humanitarian efforts for the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR). Valiance has named Fransico Quezada as director of Operations and Facilities. 

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Xavier Becerra Sworn in as Secretary of Health and Human Services

Xavier Becerra

Xavier Becerra, a 2021 Wash100 Award recipient and former member of the Subcommittee on Health of the House of Representatives' Ways and Means Committee, was confirmed by the Senate and sworn in to serve as the 25th secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The Senate voted 50 to 49 in favor of Becerra's confirmation as HHS secretary.

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Dawn O’Connell to Be Nominated HHS Assistant Secretary for Preparedness, Response

Dawn O Connell

President Biden intends to nominate Dawn O'Connell, a senior counselor at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), as assistant secretary for preparedness and response at HHS, the White House announced Friday. In her current capacity, O'Connell helps the HHS secretary coordinate departmentwide in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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White House to Invest $250M in HHS Health Literacy Program to Support Underserved Populations

COVID-19 Vaccination

The White House announced that it will make a $250 million investment to promote COVID-19 vaccination and safety among racial and ethnic minority populations and other underserved populations and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will provide the funds in the form of health literacy grants. Applications for the new initiative are due April 20th.

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