Omnibus Appropriations Bill Progresses, etc.

  • The House of Representatives is now considering an omnibus appropriations bill that includes funding for the FEHB Program (under Division D Financial Services). According to the Washington Post, the President is signaling that he will sign the bill if Congress also approves additional funding for the war effort. The omnibus bill would increase federal employee compensation by 3.5% rather than the 3.0% proposed by the President. Next step will be the Senate.
  • The Office of Management and Budget has unveiled the website on federal contracts and grants required by the 2006 Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act. Click here.
  • CMS and the National Institute of Standards and Technology will be hosting a very reasonably priced conference “to discuss challenges, tips, techniques and issues surrounding implementing, adhering to and auditing HIPAA Security Rule requirements.” The conference will be held on January 16, 2008, at the NIST’s Gaithersburg, MD, campus.