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This discussion centers on the process for announcing the Partnership Fund for Program Integrity Innovation, a broad White House initiative aimed at eliminating waste and increasing accountability. The OMB's Gary Glickman delves into the deadlines and other restrictions within the program.
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What is the Process for Announcing the Partnership Fund?New York City's deputy mayor overseeing the city's health and human services division has been instrumental in creating HHS-Connect. This modernized program is responsible for breaking down silos and bettering both caseworkers' and clients' lives by using flexible technology to increase and manage accessibility to information and improve accountability. Linking more than 10 New York City health and human service agencies, HHS-Connect helps serve more than 2.5 million city residents. This discussion centers on the process for announcing the Partnership Fund for Program Integrity Innovation, a broad White House initiative aimed at eliminating waste and increasing accountability. The OMB's Gary Glickman delves into the deadlines and other restrictions within the program.
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