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3:21 pm, April 19, 2014

Jared Serbu Reports

Jared Serbu covers the Department of Defense for Federal News Radio. Jared's reports can be heard Monday - Friday on the Federal Drive and In Depth.

Inside the Reporter's Notebook: Too many $31 staplers in DoD, NGA turns to open source

"Inside the DoD's Reporter's Notebook" is biweekly feature focused on news about the Defense Department and defense community as gathered by Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu.

Friday - 04/18/2014, 05:25pm EDT

On DoD: DoD's procurement policy director creates a buzz

DoD Reporter Jared Serbu talks to Dick Ginman, DoD's director for procurement and acquisition policy, and Letitia Long, the director of the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency.

Friday - 04/18/2014, 01:54pm EDT
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Pentagon looks to build a bridge between military, intelligence IT consolidation efforts

The Defense Department and the intelligence community are both in the process of collapsing their IT stovepipes into common sets of IT services. While the governing bodies that oversee these two parallel efforts do communicate with one another, they have different operating models and objectives. Now, leaders are looking to see how they can connect the Venn diagrams and save money, time and effort in the process.

Friday - 04/18/2014, 04:18am EDT
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Air Force presses vendors to tackle supply chain costs

In a budget environment in which cost overruns are very likely to lead to canceled programs, the Air Force says it's pressing it prime vendors to remove any costs they possibly can from their subcontracted supplier base.

Thursday - 04/17/2014, 04:07am EDT
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Intel agencies ready to start deploying shared IT systems

After two years of planning, the intelligence community is ready to start deploying the set of common IT services that make up the Intelligence Community Information Technology Enterprise (ICITE).

Wednesday - 04/16/2014, 03:54am EDT
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NASA fixing security holes in oversight of foreign nationals

Changes come in the wake of a NASA-commissioned report on the issue of foreign nationals' access to sensitive information. The study, which has not been released to the public, found the agency had failed to establish a central management structure for those workers' access to data and didn't impose consequences when its policies were violated.

Monday - 04/14/2014, 03:56am EDT
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Navy looks to overhaul acquisition processes for aviation systems

The Naval Air Systems Command's acquisition practices are laden with so much unnecessary costs that its commander worries about its ability to meet its mission to the fleet a few years from now. NAVAIR's commander said it's time to rethink the way it engages the acquisition system and with industry.

Thursday - 04/10/2014, 04:55am EDT
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On DoD: Leadership skills for veterans, VA's disability backlog and DoD's change to GSA schedules

On this week's On DoD, Jared Serbu talks to Eric Jeffries, chief diversity and inclusion officer at Exelis; Zachary Hearn, the deputy director for benefits at the American Legion; and Alan Chvotkin, vice president at the Professional Services Council.

Wednesday - 04/09/2014, 01:12pm EDT
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DoD plots third chapter in Better Buying Power initiative

The latest edition of the Defense Department's effort to buy more capability without more money will emphasize the idea of bringing outside innovation into the military acquisition process.

Wednesday - 04/09/2014, 04:50am EDT
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Navy to finish moving IT network to NGEN contract by September

After dealing with a bid protest, meeting the timeline will require the Navy and its prime vendor to move quickly. The new schedule accelerates the original transition schedule by several months.

Monday - 04/07/2014, 04:31am EDT
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Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook: Pentagon goes its own way on GSA schedules; VA still thinks its electronic health record can

"Inside the DoD's Reporter's Notebook" is biweekly feature focused on news about the Defense Department and defense community as gathered by Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu.

Friday - 04/04/2014, 03:59am EDT
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For health care savings, DoD pursues use of ‘incentives'

The Pentagon's current proposals for wringing savings out of its health care system involve additional fees for beneficiaries, but also try to induce them to use less-costly treatment options.

Thursday - 04/03/2014, 01:05pm EDT
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VA's disability claims backlog down by 44 percent, but problems remain

The Department of Veterans Affairs believes it is on track to end its disability claims backlog by 2015. It's an uphill fight, considering that more than half of its claims have been waiting for at least four months, and appeals take an average of more than two years.

Wednesday - 04/02/2014, 04:53am EDT
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Army spends $500 million per year on vacant facilities

The Army is the first service to begin an analysis of its excess real estate after a Congressional prohibition against even studying the subject expired. Early results show up to a quarter of its stateside infrastructure isn't being used right now, and the Army will need even less as it shrinks in size.

Monday - 03/31/2014, 04:01am EDT
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Another budget quandary for DoD: What if war funding dries up?

Military officials say overseas contingency operations dollars are vital to ongoing operations around the world, even after the wars end. All the services tell the House Armed Services Committee that OCO funding is helping with readiness and maintenance challenges.

Friday - 03/28/2014, 03:44am EDT
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Cuts to military pay and benefits can't wait, Pentagon tells Congress

Defense officials say they are eagerly awaiting next year's report from a congressionally-chartered commission that's currently examining military compensation. But officials say intense pressure on the top-line defense budget demands significant changes to personnel spending.

Thursday - 03/27/2014, 04:30am EDT
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Army foresees another drop in military readiness if sequestration returns

The Army says it is now replacing funds in its readiness accounts that were depleted when cuts under sequestration first kicked in a year ago. But last year's readiness problems are likely to repeat in 2016 and beyond if Congress allows the automatic Defense cuts in current law to persist.

Wednesday - 03/26/2014, 04:09am EDT
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DoD accelerates cybersecurity upgrade in Europe

The Pentagon will complete the Joint Regional Security Stacks in the European theater by the end of this year, two years earlier than planned. DoD already has begun to construct this regional cyber approach in the U.S. as part of its Joint Information Environment program.

Friday - 03/21/2014, 05:07am EDT

Army prepares to undergo its first large-scale financial audit

The Army hopes to follow behind the Marine Corps in successfully passing a partial audit of its financial statements. While the service acknowledges it's unlikely to get a clean opinion on the first go-round, it is confident enough in its internal controls to give it a try.

Thursday - 03/20/2014, 05:08am EDT
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Pentagon reviews find Navy Yard shootings were preventable

Newly-released results of three parallel investigations into last September's Washington Navy Yard shootings point to serious gaps in the government's own security process. But the Navy's review finds the killings could have been prevented if the shooter's employer had disclosed troubling details about his recent behavior.

Tuesday - 03/18/2014, 04:13pm EDT
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