Health and Human Services

NIH agency tests waters with hybrid procurement

NIEHS is planning an enterprise IT services deal in which the contractor could provide support through a variety of procurement approaches.

CDC publishes social media toolkit online

Officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention share the lessons they have learned by using Facebook, Twitter, podcasts, blogs and other social media.

NIH wins approval for $30B governmentwide contract

OMB officials have approved the governmentwide contract after recognizing agencies' new duties because of the major overhaul of the health-care system.

HHS distributes $1 billion to research labs

The Health and Human Services Department will give $1 billion in economic stimulus law funding to academic and public health laboratories.

IT included in Sebelius' top priorities for HHS

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius released her top strategic initiatives for the department, which include health IT elements.

FDA launches 40 online performance management dashboards

The Food and Drug Administration has started its online performance management system that tracks agency performance measures on 40 Web-based dashboards.

NIH prepares to fight for contract authority

NIH plans to meet with OFPP about its GWAC authority, but NIH's acquisition director expresses confidence that it will keep its governmentwide contract.

Is GSA gunning for other GWACs?

Blogger Steve Kelman argues that the federal government is better off having GSA compete with other agencies for acquisition business.

HHS awards $100M for pediatric e-health records

The Health and Human Services Department is investing in the development of pediatric electronic health records in 18 states.

Hospitals face compliance problems with HITECH Act

Hospitals are coping with new privacy and security regulations for health information technology that went into effect Feb. 17.

Food-safety, public health surveillance IT highlight FDA fiscal 2011 budget request

The Food and Drug Administration wants a 23 percent increase in its budget for fiscal 2011 in part to expand several information technology programs.

HHS budget highlights IT initiatives

The Health and Human Services Department's proposed $81 billion discretionary budget for fiscal 2011 includes a few nuggets of increased IT spending.

IG and agency battle over contract rules

The fight is over whether a $106 million CDC contract is for 'personal services.'

FDA readies new data systems for drug safety

The Food and Drug Administration will expand its tracking of drug safety once the drugs enter the marketplace, according to a new report.

New HHS contracting rules push transparency, green purchasing

The Health and Human Services Department is doing its first major update to its acquisition regulation since 2006.

HHS to award health-data network contracts by year's end

HHS is planning to award a series of competitive contracts for the Nationwide Health Information Network later this year.