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Officials discuss policy, politics of health IT

Executive order encouraging health agencies to standardize IT systems is a major step, HHS secretary says.

U.S. needs harmonious IT standards, official says

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services administrator says his agency seeks to use technology to help achieve the best health care at the lowest cost.

Guidelines for financial consolidation draw fire

Document lacks clarity and may allow agencies to outsource federal jobs without competition, labor union officials argue.

Commerce reports loss of more than 1,100 laptops over 5 years

Some of the computers, primarily at the Census Bureau, held personal information.

OMB publishes high-risk list for IT despite misgivings

List is intended to raise the visibility of crucial information technology projects.

Panels suggest new approach to IT consolidation

Task forces recommend adoption of uniform standards, rather than moves to shared services centers.

DHS names cybersecurity czar

Gregory Garcia will be responsible for coordinating the government’s IT security policies.

Federal privacy law faces review from data advisers

Report expected to discuss how changes in the nature and use of IT by agencies have created the need for revision of the legal and policy framework -- but not necessarily laws.

Finance center to shift data from New Orleans to Denver

Risk of hurricanes prompts permanent relocation of hardware that helps process pay checks for more than 500,000 federal employees.

Missing computer containing sensitive VA data recovered

Federal officials do not think thief was targeting the data, but are checking to make sure no information was compromised.