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Sarah Sybert

Staff Writer/Researcher
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Sarah Sybert joined GovernmentCIO Media & Research as a staff writer/researcher in March 2021, where she primarily covers the Department of Health and Human Services. Before Sarah joined the team, she covered defense, industry and information technology reports and events with Executive Mosaic. Her work has helped connect private and public sector leaders and promote awareness of emerging market trends. 

When she’s not on the job, you can find her hiking in Shenandoah, checking out the newest “hole-in-the-wall” coffee shop or jamming on the guitar.  Sarah earned her bachelor’s degree in English, with minors in Creative Writing and Film Studies, at Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida.


Vid Desai takes the helm of FDA’s Office of Digital Transformation after his promotion to CIO.

Agencies must meet new electronic record targets in 2022, as part of a move to a “paperless government.”

NIH is building on its success from its RADx Program and at-home COVID-19 testing to improve data collection and analysis.

FDA looks to achieve a “community of interoperability” to improve patient care and business outcomes.  

The agency's tech posture is helping it review unexpected amounts of applications for new tobacco products.

Data management and digital tools are driving FDA’s efforts to respond to the next wave of COVID-19 demands.

HHS OIG is conducting audits and evaluations to help CMS detect and prevent identity fraud.

Agencies address how they’re implementing robust cybersecurity frameworks to align with the recent cybersecurity executive order.

DARPA has created new forensic programs to protect against falsified and synthetic digital media.

New tech tools and knowledge-sharing initiatives are supporting women veterans.

The agency's cloud migration strategy is aligning business values and customers' needs.

The agency is looking at how AI can free up manual workloads as it develops a larger artificial intelligence strategy.

The agency is embracing a new customer experience strategy amid increased customer communications.

The White House's cyber chief outlined some of his priorities as he works to stand up and define how the new office will collaborate on a cybersecurity strategy.

The Army and Navy are integrating new cloud strategies to drive technology adoption and utility.

Moving from traditional silos to streamlined operations has boosted agility and scale, and now the agency is eyeing more future-focused development.

A permanent supply chain program will help the agency prevent shortages of medical devices.

The agency's CIO discusses how monitoring will be key to its future security strategy.

Zero trust access models are essential to maintaining robust security frameworks.

Leveraging patient experience data for product development requires strong workforce readiness.

Leaders across VA address how they are focusing on efficiency to provide all veterans with their full benefits.

Leaders across the veteran service organization outline how it is supporting veterans throughout the pandemic.

Secretary Denis McDonough addressed the department's pandemic response and how it will continue to combat the virus by focusing on vaccinations.

Agency leaders helped lead FDA’s COVID-19 emergency response and improved processes to expedite delivery of critical medical supplies.

Leaders across the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research are applying lessons learned from the pandemic on its response to therapies for emerging variants.

Agency leaders outline a focus on training, readiness and transparency in tackling the next stages of its electronic health records.

The agency wants its workforce to be ready and trained as it integrates new technology.

The agency's data chief is collecting new information on social determinants of health to improve data analysis, health equity and trust.

Secretary Denis McDonough discussed findings and next steps from its strategic review of the electronic health record modernization program.

New workforce initiatives at DOD and DHS aim to drive technology adoption and implementation.

As federal agencies modernize systems and processes, managing the workforce remains a crucial component to managing change.

The executive branch is leaning on digital technologies to increase engagement with the public.

The new guidance is the latest move agencies are making in targeting improved health equity for underrepresented communities.

How the department responded to COVID-19 and collaborated with agencies will inform future strategies for working more efficiently.

The agency outlines exemptions and waivers that maintain strengthened supply chain efforts while also enabling a strong pandemic response.

Biden’s American Rescue Plan allocates $80 million to fund ONC’s innovative workforce development program that aims to promote health equity.

Federal and industry leaders are bolstering security foundations to protect against evolving ransomware threats.

As the amount of digital data continues to grow, e-discovery is reshaping how organizations manage information for legal requirements and compliance.

The agency is exploring how quantum computing could improve speed and efficiency of health and science applications to support long-term future demands.

CDO Ram Iyer noted FDA’s data progress preparing for emerging technologies since the launch of its roadmap in March 2021.

Agility is helping the agency’s regulatory processes to expedite application submission and review.

Leaders at the Center for Tobacco Products outline new research findings for tobacco and cannabis use, following the onset of COVID-19.

VA’s acting deputy secretary discusses new innovations to support veterans and how VA will prepare for a post-COVID world.

FDA’s acting commissioner emphasizes the importance of IT infrastructure modernization to improve speed and quality of operations.

Labor's emerging technology lead outlines how the department is leveraging RPA to reduce workloads and dollars spent.

Cybersecurity leaders discuss how the agency is implementing new cyber controls to protect medical device integrity.

HHS’ at-home and self-testing services could help the public maintain health safety amid reopening plans.

FDA leaders are experimenting on new programs that innovate how technology facilitates the review and approval of new drugs.

CMS, NIH and VHA are strengthening data services and security to protect health services.

VA is collaborating with DOD to improve transition support for service members and veterans.

Health leaders at DOD and VA are working through transforming processes ahead of the new federal electronic health record.

A new tool shows promise in increasing success rates of detecting cancer, and a new data strategy shows promise for future medical devices.

VA’s DevSecOps lead is integrating agile incrementally into its strategic priorities to guide its digital transformation journey.

The office’s director explains how it has leveraged new practices to quickly review and approve treatments amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Health and tech experts address how data processes are creating new efficiencies in the federal health sector.

A new prioritization model for the Technology Modernization Fund ensures government has flexibility to modernize quickly.

Chief data officers across HHS are strengthening platforms that speed up data collection and management.

The agency’s AI efforts are progressing to include new capabilities in image search using machine-learning and automation.

New strategies will focus on making data a strategic asset to the military.

USDA and VA are modernizing IT systems to prepare for the digital future.

VA is leveraging new platforms and services to provide better and faster care to veterans.

Tech leaders across DHS and IRS are integrating AI to streamline processes and uncover new efficiencies.

FDA’s CTO takes on the new role amid Principal Deputy Commissioner Amy Abernethy’s departure.

There are opportunities for workflow and process improvements for the system managing organ donations and transplantation.

Leaders across DOD are continuing COVID-19 response efforts, but are projecting shortfalls from additional expenses.

Data-driven platforms are pushing new solutions and remedying the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System quickly detected and alerted federal health agencies on the potentially fatal effects of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.

New data capabilities to bolster its COVID-19 response and prepare for future medical challenges.

The Department of Veterans Affairs is bolstering its managed services to support digital experiences and solutions.

The agency is driving adoption of emerging technologies through innovative IT contract vehicles.

Emerging data and technology drives new health recommendations to address disease and preventive services.

The pandemic increased the need for secure, modernized and evolved solutions to expedite federal response efforts.

COVID-19 pushed DHS and GAO to drive identity management and zero trust to protect its IT infrastructure, as cybersecurity threats continue to increase.

A NAPA report calls on OPM to leverage data analytics and modernize IT systems to support innovation in managing the federal civilian workforce.

Federal and industry leaders say DevSecOps is enabling better and faster services for IT teams.

The Administration for Community Living is leveraging data to train AI algorithms that deliver a greater insight into adult mistreatment research and predictions.

Efforts to secure the supply chain will receive additional attention under new presidential priorities.

Senate and House VA leads are working together to tackle veterans mental health care, vaccinations and more.

NASA, State Department and USPTO leadership are approaching technology with consideration of preventing a major security breach.

The House Subcommittee on Research & Technology advocates for increased funding around AI, data analytics and robotics.

The incoming federal CIO faces digital modernization initiatives during the pandemic response.