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Read more about Say What You Want To Say. The World Is Waiting.
Sometimes a slap in the face (or a less painful equivalent to the ego) is a great wake-up call. That's how I internalized the importance and power of good communication. I've always loved words and writing, but I would often over think my writing.
Read more about Help Us Stop Fraud, Waste, and Abuse in Gov Health Care Spending
One of the core missions at OIG is to protect the integrity of Medicare and Medicaid as well as the health and welfare of program beneficiaries. Statistical sampling plays a critical role in these efforts. In fact, effective oversight would be nearly impossible without statistics, which OIG and many other private and public oversight groups leverage heavily.
Read more about Modernizing our Public Health Surveillance Systems
Disease surveillance is the foundation of public health practice providing essential data to inform decision making and respond to health threats.
Read more about With Our Forces Combined
A new vision and approach to greater health calls for a world where everyone is a changemaker. Where everyone is empowered with that belief. Even government employees working in a corner of a large, hierarchical bureaucracy.
Read more about Applying HHS IDEA Lab Principles for Lasting Change
I have been working as a software development project manager at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for seven years. In 2013, I had the good fortune of being part of a project team that was selected for the Ignite Accelerator. Our project involved prototyping and then building an online repository for biomedically-relevant, 3D-printable files, called the NIH 3D Print Exchange.
Read more about HHS Innovators: We Want to Hear Your Ideas for Change Today
The sixth round of the HHS Ignite Accelerator starts in Spring 2017, which means we are now accepting your ideas about how to solve problems at HHS that you care about.
Read more about Government as a Platform for Progress: HHS's Open Government Plan
One of the first actions President Obama took after taking office was to direct federal agencies to find new ways to increase transparency, collaboration and public engagement.
Read more about The Federal HR Wiki
The Strategic Initiatives Group (SIG) at the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) Office of Human Resources was confronted with the specific challenge of how to transfer complicated programs to new owners with no familiarity, so their team decided to build a tool to solve their specific problem and a host of others along the way.
Read more about How Cross-Agency Collaboration Can Work for the Greater Good
Collaboration between like-minded federal agencies doesn’t make good sense, it makes great sense—strategically, financially, and managerially.
Read more about Seeking Public Input on HHS Open Government Plan for 2016-2018
One of the roles that the IDEA Lab and the Office of the Chief Technology Officer perform to serve the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) community, our stakeholders, and the public, is that of a 'virtual village square' to promote.


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