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03/22/2021
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DDS's journey to fighting fires for the Pentagon

A lot has changed for the Pentagon's digital services team since its founding in 2015. In interviews, the leaders of the Defense Digital Service detailed the evolution of the team over the past two years and how they've arrived at a sweet spot for the types of projects DDS takes on. Today, DDS exists as more of a digital first-response force, often working hand-in-hand with service members on the operations side when the department faces a “fire” that requires tech help — these days, pretty much any major challenge in the national security space. Billy Mitchell has this story.


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VA to review EHR

The Department of Veterans Affairs announced a “strategic review” of its electronic health record modernization program Friday. This comes after the VA previously rejected a call from the Government Accountability Office to pause the system’s rollout to fix critical issues and a congresswoman recently sent a letter to VA leadership detailing medical issues caused by the transition. The plan to next roll out the system in Columbus, Ohio, is still on track, but schedule changes are on the table following the review, the VA announced. Jackson Barnett has this.


HHS's data collection is evolving

According to the new chief data officer of the Department of Health and Human Services, COVID-19 data collection and sharing has had to evolve throughout the pandemic to meet the needs of agencies, hospitals, industry and the public. “The data had to evolve with how the government was responding to the pandemic,” Kevin Duvall said last week. “Over time, as we got more comfortable with datasets and felt that the quality of the data was good and sound, there was more and more release of open data.” Dave Nyczepir has more.


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