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DOI Uses HHS-Made Platform to Manage Financial Assistance Programs

The Department of Health and Human Services is helping the Department of Interior boost the accountability and transparency of the latter's financial assistance programs. DOI said Friday it will use HHS' GrantSolutions platform to better oversee the use of DOI-awarded grants totaling $6 billion annually.

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Lori Ruderman: HHS Uses AI, Robotic Process Automation for ‘Buy Smarter’ Initiative

The Department of Health and Human Services is preparing to transition to the production phase its “Reimagined - Buy Smarter” program, which uses artificial intelligence to accelerate data analysis to identify cost-saving concepts and help with price comparisons, Federal News Network reported Friday. “Buy Smarter is an innovative opportunity for HHS to look at our category management, break down some stove pipes, and consolidate our requirements across the department,” Lori Ruderman, senior adviser and co-lead for Buy Smarter, said on the network’s Federal Monthly Insights - Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning

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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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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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President’s FY 2020 Budget Request Includes $88B for IT Spending at Civilian Agencies, DoD

The Department of Defense and civilian agencies would get approximately $87.8B in combined funds for information technology spending under President Donald Trump’s budget request for fiscal year 2020. Civilian agencies would get $51B in IT budget for fiscal 2020 and DoD would receive $36.7B, according to supplemental budget information in the White House’s Analytical Perspectives report.

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