Biography for Greg Slabodkin
For more than 15 years, Greg Slabodkin has written about medical information technology for several tech trade publications, with a brief stint in corporate communications for a large medical device manufacturer. He was nominated for a Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Award, and is the recipient of a Post-Newsweek Business Information Editorial Excellence Award for his news reporting. Follow @Slabodkin on Twitter and find him on LinkedIn.
Articles by Greg Slabodkin
The Veterans Affairs Department Office of General Counsel is not properly accrediting personnel whose job it is to help veterans or their family members file claims for VA benefits, says the Government Accountability Office report (.pdf)
Until the Federal Aviation Administration implements a plethora of recommendations and establishes completion timeframes for its air traffic controller training program, the agency the FAA will continue to face significant challenges such as high training time and costs, says a Transportation Department Inspector General audit report (.pdf).
Although DoD established a planning committee in 2010 to coordinate the efforts of organizations conducting combat casualty care research and issued a final charter in January identifying members' respective roles and responsibilities, the GAO says the lack of coordination persists.
Although the Defense Department has improved its strategic management plan to better manage the billions of dollars it spends annually on business operations, ir still needs to incorporate some key information in order to realize the business transformation goals, says a Feb. 12 Government Accountability Office report (.pdf).
The report finds that the 152-year old agency faces challenges in dealing with the decline of print and rise of digital publishing, including critical matters such as publishing formats, metadata, authentication, cataloging, dissemination, preservation, public access, and disposition. Publisher of both print and digital editions of the Congressional Record and Federal Register, the GPO also manages the Federal Depository Library Program and provides digital access to federal information through the Federal Digital System.
The administration asserts that automatic cuts to education will eliminate 70,000 young children from Head Start, put 10,000 teacher jobs at risk, and potentially result in slashing funding for up to 7,200 special education teachers, aides, and staff. The White House also warns that if a sequester takes effect, up to 2,100 fewer food inspections could occur, putting families at risk and costing billions in lost food production.
USPS could provide a comprehensive and securely authenticated solution necessary to support a full suite of e-government communications and transactions, according to the IG. And, USPS's extensive network of retail facilities and carriers could serve as a physical access channel to government services for users who are not willing or unable to use the Internet, or where a face-to-face transaction is needed, auditors say.