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HealthCare.gov's Missed Opportunity: Private Online Insurance Brokers Still Left Out

BY Alex Howard | Tuesday, February 25 2014

Nearly five months after the troubled launch of Healthcare.gov, private online health insurance brokers are still not selling plans eligible for subsidies under the Affordable Care Act directly to consumers over the Internet, even though the mammoth law explicitly mandates that option. While consumers who aren't eligible for subsidies can use the online alternatives to Healthcare.gov, like eHealthInsurance.com, GetInsured.com and GoHealth.com, just as they have been able to do for years prior, a key component of the Obama administration's efforts to get people insured still isn't working quite right. Such brokers, classified as "Web-based entities" (WBE) by the United States government, have been chafing at the delays. Read More

First POST: Sabotage

BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, October 8 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: The latest explanations for HealthCare.gov's troubled start; why journalists need to reverse engineer algorithms; how fact-checking sites may be improving the behavior of politicians; and much, much more. Read More

Aneesh Chopra's "Open Innovator's Toolkit"

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, February 15 2012

Over at O'Reilly Radar, Alex Howard catches a parting gift from outgoing White House Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra — "an "open innovator's toolkit" that highlights twenty different case studies in how he, his staff and his fellow chief technology officers at federal agencies have been trying to stimulate innovation in government."

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White House CTO Aneesh Chopra's Exit Interview

BY Nick Judd | Monday, February 6 2012

On his way out of the White House and back to Virginia, where he is expected to run for public office — but will neither confirm or deny that's the plan — Aneesh Chopra describes the shape of the post he pioneered as the country's first-ever chief technology officer.

As a result of Chopra's interview with The Atlantic's tech/politics correspondent, Nancy Scola, there's now a public record of what this first-ever CTO thinks the CTO's job actually is ("On any topic that is a priority for the president, my role is evaluate how technology, data, and innovation can advance, support, and improve upon those strategies," among other things) and how it might be improved.

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Chopra: I'm Going Back To Virginia

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Friday, January 27 2012

Aneesh Chopra at a World Economic Forum event in Nov. 2011. Photo: World Economic Forum

"After an incredible three years as the nation’s first Chief Technology Officer," White House Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra said in a statement, "I am returning to my home state of Virginia to continue my work using innovative new technologies and platforms to improve health care, education and energy – and to grow the jobs and industries of the future." Read More

Aneesh Chopra to Step Down as White House CTO, FedScoop Reports

BY Nick Judd | Friday, January 27 2012

Over at FedScoop, Luke Fretwell reports that Aneesh Chopra will step down from his position as White House Chief Technology Officer. Read More

Are PIPA and SOPA Dead? White House Issues Strong Declaration Against Its Key Provisions

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Saturday, January 14 2012

Is there light at the end of the tunnel for Internet activists? Illustration: Kainet / Flickr

The Obama administration on Saturday took the unprecedented step of engaging the internet community online about the problems that a pair of controversial online intellectual property protection bills would cause online businesses and start-ups. Read More

Data.gov To World: Fork Me On GitHub

BY Nick Judd | Monday, December 5 2011

Late last week, the United States released some of the source code for an open-source version of Data.gov, the White House's platform for federal agency data, through a new repository on the open-source development hub ... Read More

More Details Released On White House Plan for a One-Stop Business Portal to Government

BY Nick Judd | Friday, October 28 2011

The White House today released more details on BusinessUSA, its promised one-stop web portal for businesses to access government programs and services. The platform's creation will be supervised by White House Chief ... Read More

The Semi-Open Development of an Open Government Plan

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, August 23 2011

When President Barack Obama addressed the United Nations General Assembly last year, he called on world governments — including his own — to return this September with promises to be more transparent, fight ... Read More