• Obamacare enrollment for 2018 tops 8.7 million, exceeds expectations

    The Obama-era health care law President Trump has called a “disaster” is actually exceeding expectations. More than 8.7 million people have signed up for subsidized private coverage for next year.

  • contractors worried about security prior to launch

    In today’s Top Federal Headlines, emails revealed through a FOIA request from Judicial Watch show contractors working with HHS had major security concerns days before the site became live.

  • Overcoming VA’s struggles with care ‘requires a very different mindset’

    The Veterans Choice Act provides VA with the opportunity to redefine what its role will be in 10 years.

  • Digital collaboration at the VA

    This week on Federal Tech Talk, host John Gilroy speaks with Blake Hall, founder & CEO of; Emily Tavoulareas, VA Digital Service, and Greg Gershman, co-founder/principal at Ad Hoc LLC. They will discuss a website called “” and how it opens up the world of collaboration in solving many issues with funneling 500 Department of Veterans’ Affairs websites into one portal. February 28, 2017

  • CMS award for cybersecurity raises red flags

    Industry sources say a $67.6 million award contract to Iron Vine Security is concerning because the agency may have used a low-cost, technically acceptable approach.

  • 10 lessons to avert your agency’s own crisis

    The Department of Health and Human Services’ inspector general highlighted several areas agencies should focus on when developing IT projects, including creating a badgeless culture with industry partners, better integration of policy and technology and a “ruthless prioritization” of capabilities.

  • HHS IG: lacks overall acquisition strategy

    The latest round of updates to made the second open season for the Affordable Care Act work a lot better than the first. Now the Inspector General’s office at the Department of Health and Human Services is looking for lessons learned from the development of the web site. Rob Vito is regional inspector general of the Office of the Inspector General for the Health and Human Services Department. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared three major problems with the agency’s approach to building

  • GAO: leaders ‘managed to deadlines’

    The second round of open season on went a lot better than the first. But problems still lurk behind the scenes of the website, even with the rapid response team the government and the private sector deployed to get the site back on track. Valerie Melvin is director of information management and technology resource issues at the Government Accountability Office. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she outlined seven recommendations to help CMS fix the lingering issues with the system.

  • Digging through the new bills: Across-the-board cuts and more

    We’ve gone through the first 400 bills in the new Congress to pull out those you’ll want to watch, from a measure to kick political appointees out of the Federal Employees Health Benefits Plan to three that embrace across-the-board spending cuts.

  • Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

    It took five requests and a subpoena for Todd Park to finally appear before the House Science, Space and Technology Subcommittee on Oversight. But yesterday’s hearing on the security of never did get to the bottom of the former federal chief technology officer’s involvement, what he knew and when leading up to the October 2013 launch. Federal News Radio’s executive editor Jason Miller explained the hearings highlights on the Federal Drive with Tom Temin.