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Jack Corrigan

Fellow Jack Corrigan is an editorial fellow at Government Executive and Nextgov. He recently graduated from Northwestern University, where he studied journalism and economics. He’s previously written for a number of publications around his hometown of Chicago.
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FCC Kills Net Neutrality Rules, Hands Internet Back to FTC

December 14, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Federal Communications Commission is repealing Obama-era net neutrality regulations that gave the government oversight of internet service providers like Verizon, AT&T and Comcast. After security staff briefly evacuated Thursday’s hearing, commissioners passed FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s controversial “Restoring Internet Freedom” order on a 3-to-2 vote along party lines. The...

Why Veterans Affairs Isn’t Waiting for a ‘Perfect’ Health Records Solution

December 13, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Despite the challenges that lie ahead, Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin said now’s the time to press ahead with the agency’s plan to modernize its electronic health records system and create “as great an interoperability solution as is technologically possible.” As the VA finalizes its $10 billion contract with Cerner...

House Panel Passes Revamped Anti-Sex Trafficking Bill

December 12, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A controversial bill originally targeting online sex traffickers got the House Judiciary Committee’s stamp of approval on Tuesday after lawmakers expanded the legislation to criminalize all prostitution activities on the internet. As it moves along to a House vote, the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act...

HHS Turns to Citizen Coders to Curtail Opioid Epidemic

December 11, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Health and Human Services Department thinks a solution to the opioid epidemic may lie in big data, and last week the agency called on programmers to help find it. More than 300 coders, entrepreneurs and public health advocates from around the country descended on Washington to compete in the...

VA Wasted $1.1 Billion on Failed IT Projects in Six Years

December 8, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Veterans Affairs Department wasted more than a billion dollars over six years attempting to upgrade its electronic health records system before scrapping the projects in June, according to a congressional watchdog. Fifteen individual contractors received about two-thirds of the money spent during that period, and the remaining funds were...

Lawmakers to VA: “We’ve Got Your Back” on $10B IT Contract

December 7, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Officials from the Veterans Affairs Department on Thursday defended their decision to scrap previous plans and begin a fourth, and hopefully final, attempt to modernize the agency’s electronic health records system. In June, VA Secretary David Shulkin announced his plan to award Cerner Corp. a single-source contract to put the...

DHS Needs to Better Protect Employees’ Sensitive Info, IG Says

December 6, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Homeland Security Department employees’ medical records and sensitive personal data is at risk if the agency doesn’t strengthen its privacy policies, according to an agency watchdog report. The Homeland Security Inspector General found the agency’s Office of Health Affairs fell short of federal requirements for protecting personally identifiable information. The...

What NASA Can Teach Agencies About Making Employees Happy

December 6, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow NASA once again boasts the highest employee satisfaction scores of any federal agency and remains the most innovative place in government, according to an annual survey of the best places to work in government. As NASA’s ratings increase for the sixth year in a row, the agency shows that investing...

Census Can Move Forward After $283 Million Contract Dispute

December 5, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow AT&T will no longer protest a Census Bureau contract to provide mobile devices for workers for the 2020 Census, according to an official from a congressional watchdog agency. In a letter dated Nov. 8, a Census official told the Government Accountability Office that AT&T would no longer contest the $283...

Bots or Not, FCC Refuses to Delay Net Neutrality Vote

December 4, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Federal Communications Commission will move forward with a controversial vote to deregulate the internet despite lawmakers urging the agency hold off amid claims that millions of public comments regarding the policy change came from online bots, an agency spokesperson confirmed. In a letter sent Monday, Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-N.H.,...