Secretary Sylvia Burwell poses for 381 photos with staff members and their families at the annual HHS Holiday Open House.
At first blush a cooperative agreement between HHS and its Cuban counterpart seems absurd, given the shambling condition of Cuba’s medical system.
Bryan Sivak, one of the leaders in the new wave of procurement thinking, will end his stay in government in the next month. Sivak joined HHS in June 2012 after founding the software firm InQuira, and spending time in state and local government. At HHS, he immediately went after some of the most frustrating parts of the federal procurement process. He developed the IDEA Lab and the HHS Buyers Club, led datapalooza events and helped to define the role of an agency CTO.
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Marilyn Tavenner announced she will be leaving the agency at the end of February. During her tenure, Tavenner has overseen the roll out of key provisions of the Affordable Care Act.
Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.), the chairman of a key congressional panel with oversight of the federal workforce says he wants President Barack Obama’s pick for White House budget director to “possess a background in federal workforce and governmental oversight issues.” Earlier this month, Obama nominated the current director of the Office of Management and Budget, Sylvia Burwell, to take over for Kathleen Sebelius as the head of the Health and Human Services Department.
Sylvia Mathews Burwell is already on track to become the next Secretary of Health and Human Services. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) says he’ll vote to confirm her and we’ve seen no reports of anyone who will oppose her nomination. Tom Shoop, editor in chief at Government Executive magazine, offers his take on In Depth with Francis Rose.
In this week’s Reporter’s Notebook column, Executive Editor Jason Miller ponders Sylvia Burwell’s jump from OMB to HHS and GSA’s pumped up approach to buying.
In part 3 of our special report, Shared Services Revisited, Federal News Radio explores the administration’s plans to ensure success in consolidating and standardizing financial systems this time around. Beth Angerman, director of Treasury’s Office of Financial Innovation and Transformation (OFIT), said the goal is creating a repeatable, sustainable process for agencies to move to federal financial management providers. Over the next six months, Treasury and OMB must answer many of the outstanding questions about how this initiative will truly work.
Reps. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), the chairman of the oversight committee, and John Mica (R-Fla.), chairman of the Government Operations subcommittee, want OMB to provide data to the committee on excess federal properties valued at $50 million or more. The committee has been seeking this information for more than two years, “yet these requests have consistently gone unfulfilled,” Issa and Mica wrote in a March 24 letter to OMB Director Sylvia Burwell.
The Office of Management and Budget announced the four finalists for the 2013 SAVE Award on Monday. Public voting is open until Friday, Dec. 20.