Government officials are exploring outlets from YouTube to Twitter.
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Trade-off between privacy and improving medical care is biggest hurdle for consumers.
Agency will use national network to retrieve medical information on disability applicants in Virginia.
Electronic health records, broadband and agencies' modernization projects receive big money , while some projects hit the Hill's cutting room floor.
"Twitterversy" underscores how social networking is outpacing federal guidelines for releasing information.
Greg Garcia says plan to protect major networks was coordinated and effective, but admits DHS could have done more to share information.
Government officials are negotiating terms of service for popular social media sites.
Federal health officials relied on widgets, blogs, Twitter, podcasts, mobile alerts and videos to keep public up to date on tainted peanut butter.
Some warn that Kundra will find change in federal government more difficult than at the city level.
Improved marks come as the Obama administration takes office, promising enhanced transparency.