Government use of IT
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Fri, December 06, 2013 - The IT purchasing specialist used government cards to buy mobile phones, tablets and iTunes music, the DOJ says
Thu, December 05, 2013 - After a glowing news conference yesterday citing "night and day" progress on HealthCare.gov, I decided to log in this morning and take the Web site for a test drive, as I'm sure many others are doing. Early reports had been promising. What I found was hardly encouraging -- long delays loading pages, an endless circle of tasks (some already completed) and ultimately an error message.
Wed, December 04, 2013 - Critics of the website point to its rollout as a reason to question large government programs
Wed, December 04, 2013 - A measure attached to defense funding bill would consolidate government CIO organization structure, grant new budgetary authorities that could align IT more closely with mission objectives.
Mon, December 02, 2013 - The website launches a new user queue after performance lags with about 35,000 users
Sun, December 01, 2013 - About 80 percent of website users are now able to complete their insurance applications, officials say
Wed, November 27, 2013 - The vendor chosen in a no-bid process to build Healthcare.gov was fired from a similar project after missing deadlines and suffering security lapses for three years. Such obvious mistakes are unfortunately all too common in the private and public sector. Here are four simple ways to make sure you choose the right vendor for your IT project.
Mon, November 25, 2013 - Despite warnings and concerns over the fact that websites used to manage the nation's healthcare exchange programs are at risk, and none more so than HealthCare.gov, one them is already dealing with the fallout from a data breach. According to reports, Vermont has disclosed a data breach linked to their healthcare domain, after the victim whose records were exposed reported the problem.
Mon, November 25, 2013 - Despite the aggressive efforts of government regulators, the healthcare industry's reputation for security hasn't been stellar. Multiple breaches are reported on a weekly basis and with health care exchanges popping up under the federal Affordable Care Act, the situation could get worse before it gets better.
Mon, November 25, 2013 - The Monday crash comes days before a government deadline to have the site largely fixed
Mon, November 25, 2013 - Leaked top secret presentation slide shows over 50,000 Computer Network Exploitation implants
Fri, November 22, 2013 - The HHS tech team expects the site to handle 50,000 users at a time by the end of November
Wed, November 20, 2013 - A new survey of federal IT executives indicates strong interest in hosted application development to cut cost and improve efficiencies, though PaaS adoption currently remains weak.
Tue, November 19, 2013 - Senior technology industry executives from Adobe, VMware and others diagnose the problems in troubled Healthcare.gov, citing the ambitious scope of the project and endemic flaws in broader government contracting apparatus.