In January, Governor McDonnell of Virginia established the Rural Jobs Council to ensure that there is a continued focus on rural areas in the state in terms of the business environment and the quality of life. The Council’s Infrastructure Subcommittee held a meeting to discuss and develop ideas related to issues impacting rural communities.
The Rural Jobs Council submitted a report on April 4, 2013 to the Governor including suggestions on broadband, healthcare, plus other issues related to transportation, regionalism, site identification, education, water/wastewater, and ready prepared sites. (more…)
The Partnership for Procurement Excellence (PPE) is now accepting nominations for its first ever Multiple Award Government and Industry Conference (MAGIC) where Acquisition Excellence Awards will be presented. Nominations for the Acquisition Excellence Achievement Awards are due by May 24, 2013. Winners will be recognized at the MAGIC pre-conference dinner on July 10, 2013 at the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center in Alexandria Virginia.
PPE is a non-profit membership association serving federal civilian agencies, DOD, industry, and academia involved in federal government contracting through the use of multiple award contracting vehicles.
The second annual Multiple-Award Government and Industry Conference builds on the success of last year’s conference providing a one-of-a-kind venue where leaders from senior government procurement executives and contracting officers working with Government-Wide Acquisition Contracts (GWAC) and Multiple Award Contracts (MAC) will join with industry partners to share their insights, plans, and best practices that will help agencies find the best technologies.
The Conference is a good opportunity to discuss what budget cuts mean to the federal contracting environment, provide an update on the expected growth in small business contract wins in GWACs and MACs, how technology-as-a-service may transform the face of MACs, and address what the impact of new strategic sourcing and vendor standardization programs will mean to federal procurement.
“Sequestration has hit agencies hard, and the acquisition of effective and efficient solutions is more important than ever,” said Barbara Kinosky, President, Centre Consulting, and a member of the PPE Board of Directors.
For more information, go to www.magicgov.org.
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is making progress on developing health IT in the state. More than a year ago, Community Care of North Carolina (CCNC) and the North Carolina Health Information Exchange (NC HIE) agreed to work together to help physicians have access to healthcare data and EMRs. (more…)
The Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has plans to establish a Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC). This will be the first FFRDC solely dedicated to enhancing the security of the nation’s information systems. (more…)
The Illinois Health Insurance Marketplace will start enrolling October 2013 with the total exchange enrollment expected to be 486,000. However, the state does not have the legislative authority to run a State-Based Marketplace, so the state will be assisted by the federal government in its implementation. According to April issue of HFS e-news, at this time, the Federal government is building the Marketplace web site and setting up a call center. (more…)
Representative John Carter from Texas plus other Representatives introduced the “CAL Undiagnosed Diseases Research and Collaboration Network Act of 2013” (H.R. 1591) on April 17th to establish an undiagnosed diseases network.
The purpose for the bill is to:
- Help physicians who handle cases of undiagnosed diseases search for similar cases and to be able to network and collaborate with the physicians handling similar cases
- Help physicians examine cross-distance research so that cases of undiagnosed diseases can be cross-referenced against attributes of common diseases
- Be able to better describe the types and prevalence of cases of undiagnosed diseases in the U.S
- Obtain data such as genetic, environmental, and occupational factors that may be associated with the various types of undiagnosed diseases
- Be able to outline key demographic factors affecting undiagnosed diseases such as age, race or ethnicity, gender, sex geographic location, and family medical history
- To better understand the length of time needed to render a diagnosis
- Provide information on programs similar to the Undiagnosed Disease Program at NIH
NIH may award grants or contracts and cooperative agreements may be offered to the public or private nonprofit entities to collect, analyze, and report on data. The proposed legislation authorizes $5,000,000 for fiscal years 2014 through 2019.