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Melissa Harris is a senior researcher for GovCIO Media & Research, where she covers IT across federal health and civilian agencies. She is also a co-host of HealthCast.

Prior to joining the team in October 2019, Melissa worked as a technology reporter for MeriTalk, where she covered IT acquisition, Congressional hearings, and federal technology reports and events. She was also was a local news reporter for the New Jersey Hills Media Group, the Editor-in-Chief at The Oberlin Review.  

Melissa earned her Bachelor of Arts in History and English at Oberlin College.


The effort aims to mitigate discrimination and bias in algorithm, AI and software used in hiring processes.

After returning to government in January 2021, Jones will depart from his position June 17.

Connected capabilities can improve mission activities, but requires the right infrastructure, security and governance.

Federal CIOs see the executive mandates as north stars for their internal strategies.

The Office of Justice Programs leveraged zero trust strategies as a pillar to modernize its grants management system.

The agency is expanding cryptocurrency work to crack down on rising digital asset misuse and illegal activity.

IT has a big role in HHS's proposed budget to boost various responsibilities in public health management as well as access to health care.

Of the $14.1 billion proposed IRS budget, $798 million will improve the taxpayer experience and $310 million will fund Business Systems Modernization.

Robert Califf aims to better leverage health technologies to advance health care and equity.

At the end of April, Principal Deputy Director Dr. Douglas Lowy will serve as acting director.

The budget proposal outlines an increase of over $2.6 billion from last year's enacted level.

Division Assistant Director Bryan Vorndran sees a growing cyber workforce and improved avenues of collaboration as key.

NYU built a data hub to centralize cancer center data and enable modern analytics and data-driven in biomedical research.

The two agencies are working together on USCDI+, electronic prior authorization improvements and more.

The Wilmot Cancer Institute is looking to AR/VR for data visualization beyond dashboards.

Amid data challenges, CDC and ONC are working to modernize and drive interoperability.

The strategy involves working continuously with the customer, starting small and scaling upon success.

The agency will provide training and resources for HBCUs to lower the bar for entry in federal contracting.

New upcoming measures will sharpen quality of care for Medicare patients.

Agencies can access CIO-SP3 for orders until Oct. 31 as NITAAC preps to begin CIO-SP4 awards in November.

Mathias leaves U.S. Marshals Service to join HHS as CIO on March 14, and CAIO Oki Mek departs after over 11 years at HHS.

The president wants to further domestic tech innovation and advancements in opioid, mental health, veterans and cancer care.

With nine projects underway, Pilot IRS is emerging as an avenue to procure key technologies quickly.

The House Energy and Commerce Committee hears from biomedical experts as it looks to authorize legislation that would establish the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health.

The White House aims to accelerate cancer research, expand data-sharing, reduce cancer deaths and encourage screenings.

Roat will retire from her position after spending over 40 years working in government.

Automation tech is helping the IRS process unused claims on its free online preparation and filing service.

Future iterations of the scorecard could include expanded cybersecurity and infrastructure categories.

The Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement sets the ground for new strides in health data interoperability.

Federal health officials outline new and ongoing efforts to combat COVID-19 as omicron variant surges.

The playbook looks to promote ethical and successful AI adoption across HHS.

Smarter modernization, data, automation, as well as customer and digital services will see the spotlight in 2022.

With social determinants of health and other new data standards, ONC hopes to increase health equity in the care setting.

Oki Mek shares how the agency is gearing up data efforts for a collaborative approach to AI.

Leaders from NIH, HUD and DOT discuss strategies in balancing improvements during shifting priorities.

National Coordinator for Health IT Micky Tripathi notes next year will see pay off for recent strides in data interoperability.

Recent lessons learned and efforts to quickly stand up data platforms are contributing to future strategic goals around data.

AI workforce experts highlight the importance of diversity and robust education development to foster a stronger AI workforce.

The IRS procurement chief is focusing on skilling and culture change for successful RPA adoption.

Agencies are working with their users to determine which technologies will improve the digital experience.

The council discussed recent achievements around data ethics and training programs, but it's calling on industry for more input on future data goals.

The agency's 'batcave' program aims to enact faster development while balancing security and resiliency.

The agency's cyber sprints are accelerating collaboration and cybersecurity across various sectors.

As the IRS nears the mid-point of its six-year modernization plan, the agency's CIO maps out priorities for the future.

CIO Jeff Shilling shares how cloud infrastructure is supporting data-sharing across the cancer research community.

Federal IT leaders highlight benefits of cloud, lessons learned and the role of software-as-a-service in the future.

Federal AI leaders share examples of groundwork around data management, training and culture.

The data store is driving personalized and omni-channel experiences for Medicare beneficiaries.

The new legislation also builds on White House infrastructure goals to improve health care, drug development and more.

Agency leaders are pushing forth on security strategies for zero trust architecture amid new guidance.

The agency stood up its HHS Protect platform quickly amid the pandemic, and now it will have uses in future efforts.

Clare Martorana wants to focus on cybersecurity, technology modernization and improved services to the American public.

There are different ways to build a culture of change, including business readiness assessments and employee engagement.

Federal cybersecurity leaders are seeking to protect critical assets through supply chain security and new standards.

The agency is creating a culture around cloud technologies.

The plan looks to leverage data science and improve health for gender and ethnic minorities.

Best practices include multi-factor authentication and a 'least-privileged' model of managing mobile functions and protecting data.

HHS CAIO Oki Mek said the agency's AI playbook aims to help overcome common challenges around AI adoption.

As most agencies remain unchanged across their FITARA scores, Martorana wants to bolster cyber and TMF resources.

Agencies are piloting blockchain-based solutions to make grants management more efficient.

Congress and GSA are working to improve FedRAMP amid the push for cloud adoption.

Rob Wood's goals aim to uplift innovation, enablement, agility and flexibility.

A key leader in the agency's diversity office shares how NIH is committing to improving equity and inclusion.

Agencies must bridge technologists and business leaders to drive successful data strategies.

As the agency leans into digital engagement with taxpayers, IRS web developers are embracing human-centered design and Agile practices.

A GSA IT modernization lead highlights importance of governance, security, training and more during all stages of cloud migration.

The infrastructure for nationwide health care interoperability will pave the way for efficiencies and data analytics.

Federal IT program and project managers argue that client engagement is critical to improving Agile processes.

The White House's proposed 10.4% increase to the IRS budget will help with long-term modernization and taxpayer service improvements.

Cloud, AI, machine learning and wearables are helping drive agencies' mission and data-driven decision-making.

RPA Community of Practice gathers experts to drive all-of-government progress with the technology.

The National Coordinator of Health IT updates ONC's goals and focus areas.

The agency's Office of Online Services launched a platform with various tools to improve public engagement.

Agile teaming and strategizing around data are driving success behind CMS's eMedicare initiative.

Senate Finance and House Appropriations committees consider bolstering community clinics, call lines, personnel and resources.

The Air Force, VA and NASA encourage communication, training and empowerment to better adoption of agile software development methods.

The nearly quarter increase in funding would largely go toward strengthening public health preparedness.

SAMHSA and other agencies are introducing communications and tech campaigns to support the mental health challenges of older people.

The agency's SEED and extramural research offices are pushing for more equity and diversity in partnerships.

Medical data experts argue for components behind ethical AI and data use.

IHS's acting director spoke on the current state and future needs of the agency as Congress considers the FY 2022 budget.

NCCIH outlines the potential Brain2AI has for biomedical and behavioral research.

The agency is looking to build an AI ecosystem that drives innovation and harnesses data's potential.

Amid the latest FITARA hearing, lawmakers want agency CIOs to have more authority over crucial factors impacting IT modernization strategies.

Predictive analytics with machine learning capabilities can get ahead of the curb in fraud and waste prevention.

Newly appointed National Coordinator for Health IT Micky Tripathi details some of the agency's top priorities in 2021.

Various modernization initiatives to improve public health have pivoted as a result of the pandemic.

VA, USCIS and CMS tech leads are streamlining processes in an effort to enhance security practices.

Strategically building soft skills are critical to forming the future workplace, federal leaders say.

Additional funding is providing $2.5 billion to the agency in supplemental block grant funding for states for pandemic-related stressors.

HCD is improving CMS's tools for cloud cost transparency and operational excellence.

Tax credits and health equity are addressed in the new stimulus plan starting April 1.

The Joint Pathology Center's effort to upload 55 million samples of tissues could pave new opportunities in medical research and patient care.

Veterans Affairs has taken a leading role in the national pandemic response and overcoming barriers in health equity.

Policies and decision-making at the agency are increasingly involving the value of data.

The cloud is fueling data functions across the institute's research community.

GSA received $1 billion for the Technology Modernization Fund to upgrade federal cybersecurity and IT.

Partnerships are enabling well-rounded capabilities at GAO, GSA and State.

Agencies officials discuss the progress and opportunities in areas like data, security, AI, IOT and workforce.

The three-pronged action plan around data use, practices and talent looks for a scalable model toward modernization.

Congress is faced with new recommendations to advance AI for national security and talent development over the next decade.

Iteratively working with and for customers enables better solutions delivery, both in IT and acquisitions.

Getting to interoperability standards is a journey, not a destination, and requires close collaboration with all parties.

An NIH-funded researcher says support for more representation earlier in the process can advance overall outcomes in precision medicine and genomics.

With AI and software increasingly becoming embedded in hardware, security is evermore essential.

NITAAC Acting Director Brian Goodger explains next steps and updates to the $40 billion contract vehicle.

Support for cancer research could see boosts in the new presidential administration.

Bringing cutting-edge commercial cyber solutions to military partners quickly can help government's workforce gap while tackling pipeline challenges.

Mental and physical health care required new strategies to reach and build trust with the public during the pandemic.

The agency emphasizes partnerships, research in AI and a new AI Council, which Chief AI Officer Oki Mek will helm.

IT and security leaders at USDA, DOE and USPTO share recent efforts to bolster their cyber stature.

A new competition encourages ideas to validate and innovate synthetic health data to improve research in quality of care.

The career leader in government IT, deputy federal CIO becomes acting federal CIO and federal CISO.

The Health Sector Cybersecurity Coordination Center addressed various cybersecurity challenges during the pandemic.

Amid the SolarWinds breach last year and reliance on strong IT infrastructure in the pandemic response, agencies may receive a big bump in IT funding.

The final RFP for the $40 billion contract is due out early January.

Deputy Federal CIO Maria Roat looks ahead on the 2021 Action Plan of the Federal Data Strategy.

Leaders want to take successes in the marketing industry to help government advance its data efforts.

The FBI, CISA and ODNI formed a group to address the most significant cyber breach of the U.S. government in years.

Leaders behind the first COVID-19 vaccine to receive FDA emergency use authorization highlight the role of technology in the quick development of the candidate.

Potential heads of HHS, CDC, COVID-19 task force aim to fight coronavirus in first 100 days.

Technology can help ease health care providers facing psychological and physical exhaustion amid the pandemic.

HHS and VA officials are looking to holistic, cloud-based capabilities to get more out of their data.

Cloud-based environments and capabilities have been a key part of Maria Roat's approach.

Defense Innovation Unit is bringing commercial AI technologies across DOD to improve mission capabilities.

The JCF aims to leverage cloud platforms and data to enable open-access development of AI across the military.

The next-generation connectivity standard can improve augmented reality training, telemedicine and combat readiness.

Defense acquisition's top official brief next plans of certifying contractors according to new cybersecurity standards.

The Army's telehealth resource center applied remote health technologies used on the battlefield to address COVID-19.

Diverse thought is necessary amid enterprise-level modernization and change.

The agency's CIO is taking on the challenge of roping in disparate legacy networks and systems into one.

A task force leveraged FEMA's cloud to centralize medical stockpile data and inform the nation's supply chain adjustment during the pandemic.

The long-awaited strategy emphasizes making data a strategic asset across the enterprise.

The long-term technological dependence agencies face amid the pandemic highlights the need to invest in modernization.

The end-user experience first relies on technologies like cloud to ensure the infrastructure is in place.

New legislation and efforts at HHS are looking at reporting standards for all levels of government.

With an uptick of mental health disorders during the pandemic, officials are scaling up tech to meet demand for care.

The report calls upon DOD to divest from legacy weapons systems to focus on emerging tech.

The federal oversight community is leaning into IT resources to scale up oversight of pandemic relief funding.

The service's first cloud-based software program included a rapid ATO process.

The group advocated for a U.S. Digital Services Academy and National Reserve Digital Corps.

A GAO report found that the defense initiative is one of 16 top federal agency IT acquisition areas

The defense organization is also exploring AI testing, digital engineering and the formation of a Space Advisory Committee.

Designing digital services for the user and with partners are critical.

Connected efforts will make the military more agile, leaders argue.

Lauren Knausenberger will lead the service's SAF/CN office to drive innovation and digital experiences.

Preparing data for AI use and ensuring all service members are able to leverage data are key.

The command's new leader highlights priorities for the Army's modernization efforts.

Bill Tinston, previously PEO DHMS program executive officer, is now the director of the FEHRM.

Improving resiliency amid technological and situational challenges will ensure smooth adjustments for IT initiatives.

With a central data hub, the Military Health System can gain visibility and usability with health data.

The agencies launched a portal that streamlined the reporting process for both the public and Civil Rights Division staff.

The long-term data storage and aggregation potential of health information exchanges can help smooth health care and make medical discoveries.

The executive order calls upon HHS to cement expanded Medicare telehealth coverage and improve rural health care infrastructure.

The collaboration with Salesforce led to, a digital toolkit to help governments and organizations reopen.

Agencies passed FITARA 10.0 largely due to software licensing, Agile development and data center consolidation initiatives.

The Army has adopted the technology, especially in mental health care, as DHA has advanced telemedical capabilities

Ensuring quality long-term telework capabilities and eligibility must start with the technological foundation.

The services are trying to gain insight into their data with automation to make improvements across the enterprise.

Delivering data 'at the speed of need' requires more visibility and usability.

The Defense Department is prototyping a series of 5G technologies across its bases to advance areas including telemedicine.

AI is helping to prevent fraud, waste and abuse of funds.

Amid challenges of file and metadata standardization challenges, the agency is rolling out several solutions to optimize its electronic records management initiative.

Effects of the pandemic on the workforce are pushing the Air Force's digital modernization efforts.

NIH, CDC and FDA leaders see health data sharpening government's understanding of COVID-19.

A senate committee is considering current temporary COVID-19 telehealth expansion policies in a more permanent capacity in the future.

Federal CIOs hope to maintain telework capabilities, as well as cloud and scalable solution adoption in a post-pandemic work environment.

Algorithmic development and multidisciplinary collaboration are key.

The multi-cloud, DevOps-oriented approach is working to improve military health delivery during the pandemic.

Although the agency paused MHS Genesis deployment during the pandemic, leaders have continued progressing health record modernization alongside VA.

Increasing bandwidth early let the agency's workforce easily adjust to remote work during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Preemptive stand-up of teleconferencing and easing employee work with IT helped the agency to go fully remote within days.

AI, data and cyber are focus areas that will secure HHS IT and prevent fraud, waste and abuse of funds.

The project exemplifies the direction the center is taking to make AI operational across the Defense Department.

New research suggests cross-functional teams and emerging tech can improve government acquisition.

Cross-collaboration and changes to acquisition are key as priorities shift.

Federal leaders emphasize the role of data in vaccine and treatment development, economic relief funding and contact tracing.

Data-mining techniques will allow health researchers to sharpen COVID-19 literature and clinical trial database search results.

The $1B+ initiative seeks solutions that enable accessibility, scalability, mobility and the ability to share data.

The groundbreaking test could roll out mid-May.

The toolkit aims to help states form regulatory frameworks for telehealth coverage for Medicaid and CHIP beneficiaries.

The portal will help reimburse providers billions of dollars across the country.

A new special report suggests that multifactor authentication, encryption and other steps can protect patients' health information.

The pandemic has pushed mass reliance on technology across America, revealing the need for heightened and continued IT modernization efforts

Earlier efforts in DevOps are empowering agency missions amid the pandemic.

The group will consolidate data and resources to research and develop COVID-19 pharmaceutical solutions.

The IRS launched a new online application to help check the status of their COVID-19 economic relief payment.

The Senate Commerce Committee seeks to balances data collection and use with privacy to control the coronavirus spread.

The agency will infuse direct payments to medical providers for COVID-19 relief.

The agency aims to support shorter- and longer-term efforts to expand telehealth with Congress' $200M COVID-19 funding.

The technology is one way to solve national shortages of medical supplies during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The agency added 80 more telehealth services that beneficiaries can access to ease patient and provider experiences amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

NOAA is pushing ahead in digitization efforts to meet OMB M-19-21 electronic records requirements.

The Defense Health Agency and military officials are providing medical and technological personnel and resources across the country.

The bill supports IT modernization, telehealth, telework and security as the country combats the coronavirus pandemic.

The solution automates and integrates sample prep, nucleic acid extraction and detection for fast results.

The cloud-based bot is scalable and uses AI capabilities to aid concerned users in the midst of the pandemic.

The move is part of the national response to the coronavirus outbreak.

Easing data sharing across health care holds potential for all stakeholders, from day-to-day care to public health crises.

Leveraging diagnostic testing technologies, telehealth and digital services are key to the administration's rapid response to the coronavirus.

The agency backs a system that will provide test results within three hours, while seeking other solutions.

Agencies need a robust, ready workforce to take on top IT challenges and goals of the new decade.

The world's largest pathological tissue repository can provide researchers valuable data to combat infectious diseases.

The officials report successful transition of MTFs to DHA and MHS GENESIS EHR deployments to House members.

Experts tell Congress how the technology can drive costs down, while boosting security and operations.

With the rise of 5G networks, interoperable EHRs and connected medical devices, security is paramount.

The agency is considering human-centered design in its solutions that cut down manual labor and time.

Data management and skilling the workforce are part of a multi-pronged approach to AI.

The agency is following DIB's recommendations for the technology.

The plan aims to leverage quality electronic health data and advance an IT architecture.

A layered defense approach won’t work anymore — zero trust is necessary as the Defense Department moves to the cloud.

The project could bring visibility, reduced risk and cost-savings into HHS’s software assets.

Leadership is focusing on stabilizing legacy systems, the cloud, incremental change and Agile methodology.

The agency's annual report shows initiatives driven by digital services, data and IT improving national health research and care.

The milestone is opening doors of future blockchain-driven opportunities within the agency.

The agency is aiming to advance and address the accuracy and privacy concerns of its biometrics system.

A GAO report highlights policy areas as the FDA considers regulatory rules around the technology.

The agency's SAM consolidation is helping the agency improve acquisition and IT efficiencies until 2022.

The agency looks to build on Blue Button 2.0, Data at the Point of Care and other APIs this year.

The CIO pitches a strategy to uniformly modernize an otherwise federated and globally dispersed agency.

Incorporating outcome data into AI models can lead to continuous improvement.

The plan emphasizes end-user empowerment, leveraging and securing data, and a series of other priorities.

Leadership is taking a behind-the-scenes approach to IT in the delivery of health care.

The federal health care community is hitting target goals outlined in the Federal Data Strategy.

CIOs from DHA, HHS and CMS give the scoop on how they’re bolstering their agencies’ health IT.

An agency leader described how data has helped mitigate financial fraud and manage grants funds.

2019 was full of new milestones for DHA in its health records modernization, medical treatment facility oversight and more.

Agency CDOs discuss what's in the plan and how it will shift the data landscape across agencies.

Although emerging technologies can benefit the economy, experts argue for diverse solutions to protect workers.

DOD's AI center is helping GSA implement AI across government.

VA and DHA heads prioritize end users throughout the research, development and collaboration going into AI.

VA touts digital experience accomplishments and goals for the year ahead.

The real potential for change is in meaningful implementation of new technologies.

The agency is aiming to complete its first objective toward the new model by the end of this year.

The agencies' collaboration will secure its success with their health care modernization efforts.

The division's upcoming contracts are eyeing rationalization, optimization, cost reduction and optimization.

The health agency is prioritizing these areas amid the many technological solutions DHA seeks.

The federal shared service strategy will impact government in areas such as customer service and payroll.

Increasing focus on the end user is evolving how the agency thinks about digital services.

The Pentagon may lead the world in AI standards with new approaches to artificial intelligence.

Security leaders find value in tactics such as cyber escape rooms over traditional training.

Officials from the VA and beyond engage the community for feedback on their most pressing IT issues.

Partnerships and collaborations will be priorities in advancing supply chain security for information and communications tech.

GSA MAS Program Director Stephanie Shutt breaks down MAS Consolidation efforts and next steps.