President Barack Obama has signed an executive orderauthorizing the Pentagon to call up reserve and National Guard troops if they are needed to assist in the U.S. response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
The U.S. has already committed to sending up to 4,000 military personnel to West Africa to provide logistics and help build treatment units to confront the rapidly spreading and deadly virus.
Nearly 4,500 people have died from the Ebola outbreak, most of them in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. The White House has said the troops will not be providing direct health care aid.
"... the report also turns a spotlight on a new tool that patients, staff and outside health experts agree is improving access to care and perhaps quality too: a secure messaging system between patients and military physicians...."
NASA Ames CIO Jerry Davis joins Federal News Radio for a free online chat to discuss his IT priorities for NASA Ames, including workforce development, big data analysis and his efforts to improve the center's cybersecurity.
In the first part of a 10-part series on government contracting, expert Tim Sullivan says even if a company has a no-protest policy, it is naïve to believe that it can completely insulate itself from the protest process.
During open season, feds and retirees in the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program have dozens of choices ranging from low-premium health maintenance organizations to plans that provide national and worldwide coverage, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.
The Federal Salary Council voted to add 13 cities to a list of communities where federal employees are paid more. The council was aiming to close a growing gap between federal employees and private counterparts in certain regions of the country. But the administration has frozen locality pay until at least 2016. Federal News Radio's Emily Kopp joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss what the council recommends.
Commercial and government online identity theft forces the White House to give agencies a lead role in better protecting web transactions. President Barack Obama announces major changes to the security of government credit cards and other payment methods. In the latest edition of Inside the Reporter's Notebook, Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller writes about those changes. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose about you should expect starting in January.
The government's response to Ebola will get another look from Congress. But that look won't be for a while, and it won't be from a health oversight committee. The Senate Appropriations Committee will look at Ebola on Nov. 6, after the Congressional elections. David Hawkings is Senior Editor at Roll Call and hosts the Hawkings Here blog. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained the Congressional plan.
Customs and Border Protection is up to about $2.5 billion in spending on equipment to provide a firewall against materials terrorists could use to make weapons of mass destruction. They spend a lot less than that to make sure the equipment -- and the operators -- are doing the job. David Maurer is Director of Homeland Security and Justice Issues at the Government Accountability Office. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained how CBP can make the most out of its covert operations budget.
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The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that the MITRE Corporation, a not-for-profit company that operates multiple federally-funded research and development centers, has been awarded a contract to support the Independent Assessment of VA health care processes, as required by the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014 (“Choice Act”).
This partnership grew out of a successful pilot program that began in Florida to provide flu vaccines to Veterans throughout the state. Based on those results, VA is expanding the pilot nationwide.
Through its nearly 8,200 locations nationwide, Walgreens will offer flu and other recommended vaccinations to veterans. Pharmacists can administer vaccinations to veterans and will leverage eHealth Exchange, through its Walgreens Cloud Electronic Health Records platform, to securely share immunization records with VA to help ensure complete patient medical records.
Disclosing your disability in the workplace is a personal decision. If you're thinking about having this discussion with your employer, read “Addressing Your Disability in the Workplace” in the October edition of The Exceptional Advocate. Learn about reasonable accommodations, your rights as an employee and what to expect during the process.
Confidential non-medical counseling is available to service members and military family members at no cost through Military OneSource and the Military and Family Life Counselor Program. Find out more here.
Ongoing research is investigating the long-term efficacy and safety of the anesthetic drug ketamine, which studies have shown can rapidly lift depressive symptoms; Dr. Insel talks about the status of ketamine in his blog.
The report card, at opa.ca.gov, rates the doctors’ groups and the health plans – including HMOs and PPOs – on the care patients receive in a number of medical areas, including asthma and lung disease, mental health, screening for cancer, heart care, diabetes and maternity.
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