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Melissa Harris

Staff Writer/Researcher
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Melissa Harris is a staff writer/researcher for GovernmentCIO Media & Research, where she covers federal health and defense IT.

Prior to joining the team in October 2019, Melissa worked as a technology reporter for MeriTalk, where she covered IT acquisition, Congressional hearings, and federal technology reports and events. She was also was a local news reporter for the New Jersey Hills Media Group, the Editor-in-Chief at The Oberlin Review, and an intern reporter at Homeland Security Today.  

Melissa earned her Bachelor of Arts in history and English at Oberlin College.


A layered defense approach won’t work anymore — zero trust is necessary as the Defense Department moves to the cloud.

The project could bring visibility, reduced risk and cost-savings into HHS’s software assets.

Leadership is focusing on stabilizing legacy systems, the cloud, incremental change and Agile methodology.

The agency's annual report shows initiatives driven by digital services, data and IT improving national health research and care.

The milestone is opening doors of future blockchain-driven opportunities within the agency.

The agency is aiming to advance and address the accuracy and privacy concerns of its biometrics system.

A GAO report highlights policy areas as the FDA considers regulatory rules around the technology.

The agency's SAM consolidation is helping the agency improve acquisition and IT efficiencies until 2022.

The agency looks to build on Blue Button 2.0, Data at the Point of Care and other APIs this year.

The CIO pitches a strategy to uniformly modernize an otherwise federated and globally dispersed agency.

Incorporating outcome data into AI models can lead to continuous improvement.

The plan emphasizes end-user empowerment, leveraging and securing data, and a series of other priorities.

Leadership is taking a behind-the-scenes approach to IT in the delivery of health care.

The federal health care community is hitting target goals outlined in the Federal Data Strategy.

CIOs from DHA, HHS and CMS give the scoop on how they’re bolstering their agencies’ health IT.

An agency leader described how data has helped mitigate financial fraud and manage grants funds.

2019 was full of new milestones for DHA in its health records modernization, medical treatment facility oversight and more.

Agency CDOs discuss what's in the plan and how it will shift the data landscape across agencies.

Although emerging technologies can benefit the economy, experts argue for diverse solutions to protect workers.

DOD's AI center is helping GSA implement AI across government.

VA and DHA heads prioritize end users throughout the research, development and collaboration going into AI.

VA touts digital experience accomplishments and goals for the year ahead.

The real potential for change is in meaningful implementation of new technologies.

The agency is aiming to complete its first objective toward the new model by the end of this year.

The agencies' collaboration will secure its success with their health care modernization efforts.

The division's upcoming contracts are eyeing rationalization, optimization, cost reduction and optimization.

The health agency is prioritizing these areas amid the many technological solutions DHA seeks.

The federal shared service strategy will impact government in areas such as customer service and payroll.

Increasing focus on the end user is evolving how the agency thinks about digital services.

The Pentagon may lead the world in AI standards with new approaches to artificial intelligence.

Security leaders find value in tactics such as cyber escape rooms over traditional training.

Officials from the VA and beyond engage the community for feedback on their most pressing IT issues.

Partnerships and collaborations will be priorities in advancing supply chain security for information and communications tech.

GSA MAS Program Director Stephanie Shutt breaks down MAS Consolidation efforts and next steps.