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Trending of DOD s 2,300 business systems support the agency s enterprise IT infrastructure 1% 10 July 15, 2014 FCW.COM Join the conversation FCW usesTwitter to break news, eld questions and ask our own. Learn more atTwitter.com/FCWnow. RT @FCWnow: Innovation & bureaucracy in govt from @ stansoloway of @PSCSpeaks & @usgsa's @ltrudeau http://fcw. com/articles/2014/06/16/soloway-disruption-to-innovation. aspx ... @InnovateGov @18F 10:55 AM - 16 Jun 2014 GSA @usgsa Reply Retweet Favorite Of cials at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services are changing the agency s management structure to give executives direct authority over the implementation of the 2010 health care law in advance of the next open- enrollment period for health insurance, which kicks off in November. Andrew Slavitt, who led the con- tractor side of the tech surge to x HealthCare.gov as group executive vice president of Optum, will join CMS as principal deputy administra- tor. He will be responsible for program administration --- including Medicare and Medicaid --- and implementation of the health care overhaul. Optum is the division of United- Health that runs QSSI, which was tapped to be general contractor for HealthCare.gov after the site s troubled launch. QSSI set up the complex data services hub that moves information between government databases to ver- ify eligibility for insurance and built the identity management tool to reg- ister users. By all accounts, the data hub functioned well at launch, while the identity management system was overtaxed because of design and inte- gration problems that initially barred users from shopping for plans without rst setting up accounts. CMS is also recruiting a CEO to oversee the online Health Insurance Marketplace, where individuals sign up for insurance, and to run the Center for Consumer Information and Insur- ance Oversight, which regulates health insurance. The CEO, who will manage relationships with the states that run their own insurance exchanges, will report to CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner and have a "dotted-line" con- nection to Sylvia Mathews Burwell, the newly con rmed secretary of Health and Human Services. In addition, a new chief technology of cer position will report to the CEO and be responsible for the technical aspects of managing HealthCare.gov s operations and improvements. Kurt Del- Bene, the former Microsoft executive who succeeded Jeffrey Zients as crisis manager for repairs to HealthCare.gov, left the agency at the end of June. The new arrangement tracks closely with recommendations made by for- mer health policy adviser Ezekiel Emanuel in a report published by the Center for American Progress. --- Adam Mazmanian HealthCare.gov leadership changes include dedicated CTO A recent call for white papers on big data and war ghting from the Of ce of Naval Research reads more like a Tom Clancy thriller than a contracting document. The Navy wants to use its cloud platform to host big-data applications that merge information from a variety of sensors and weapons systems with other tactical information to improve anti-submarine warfare, air and missile defense, cyber readiness, and more. Historically, "the ability to merge these types of information to support tactical war ghting has been extreme- ly limited," the ONR announcement states. The Naval Tactical Cloud refer- ence implementation, however, now provides a platform for the Navy to host powerful analytical tools that crunch tactical, environmental and technical data to give war ghters new visibility into military threats. ONR of cials hope to use analytics to provide predictive, 3-D models on the movements and probable paths of enemy submarines, gather improved classi cation and description of air- borne threats, optimize information on weapons and their use, identify suspicious network activity, and bet- ter manage spectrum allocation in battle zones. ONR is seeking solutions to tech- nical challenges that include how to develop "small, self-contained data rep- resentations and ontologies" that can easily integrate with other datasets and developing analytics to improve the accuracy and speed of threat detection. Of cials plan to award a total of $28.5 million through scal 2019 in contracts and grants for basic applied research into enhancing the Navy s big- data capabilities. Final selection of pro- posals for funding will be completed by Oct. 24. --- Adam Mazmanian Data mashups on a military scale
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