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Melissa Harris

Staff Writer/Researcher
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Melissa Harris is a staff writer and researcher for GovernmentCIO Media & Research, where she covers federal health and defense IT and co-hosts 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, and an intern reporter at Homeland Security Today.  

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


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.