This week in Federal Technology News, an anti-fraud task force led by the Justice and Health and Human Services departments saves taxpayers a$900 million due to false medical claims from 300 defendants. The necessity for data savvy public sector leaders to support mission critical initiatives also makes headlines this week. Read about all this and more in this week’s federal news roundup.
Better Data Just Saved Taxpayers $900 Million in Medicare Fraud
This week, the Justice Department announced the largest fraud takedown in Medicare’s history, resulting in criminal and civil charges for 301 individuals accused of participating in health care fraud schemes totaling $900 million. It was a major effort that included personnel from the FBI and various Health and Human Services Department personnel, including the Medicare Fraud Strike Force. Continue reading for more.
Do Federal Bosses Speak Data? They Should.
The volume of the world’s data is growing exponentially and if federal leaders aren’t smart about data, the next few years probably aren’t going to be very fun for your agency. The point was made Thursday by General Services Administration Deputy Administrator Adam Neufeld, who explained GSA’s early efforts in collecting, storing, curating and sharing data to benefit its internal operations and the public. Read on for more.
NTIS Seeking Partners for Data Service Projects
The National Technical Information Service wants your ideas for using data in innovative ways. NTIS released a notice Wednesday asking for proposals to help federal agencies “collect, connect, access, analyze, or use Federal data and data services.” This comes after Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker announced last year that NTIS was headed in a new direction by refocusing its efforts on data.
NTIS had to pivot drastically after congressional efforts to shutter it in recent years. NTIS was created to be an information repository. But Google and other technological advances rendered its initial mission irrelevant. Read on for more.