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2:56 am, July 12, 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.

No civilian furloughs in 2014, Pentagon promises

DoD says it's committed to making sure civilians are not furloughed in fiscal 2014, which begins in October. But if sequestration remains in place, the alternative would almost certainly be involuntary reductions in force for both civilian workers and uniformed service members, officials say.

Monday - 04/01/2013, 05:26am EDT
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DoD releases more details on revised furlough timeline

Furlough notices will now be sent to employees in early May. Actual furloughs will begin in mid-to-late June, placing most Defense civilians on unpaid leave roughly one day per week for the final seven pay periods of the fiscal year.

Friday - 03/29/2013, 05:22am EDT
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VA pushes DoD to adopt VistA as starting point for electronic health record

Under a revised strategy for creating an interagency e-health record, VA will use its current system, VistA. The department believes DoD should adopt it too.

Thursday - 03/28/2013, 05:45am EDT
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Report prescribes pathway for cyber reform without legislation

An independent group's report offers ways for agencies to evolve to continuous monitoring and risk-based approaches to cybersecurity within the existing Federal Information Security Management Act, and proposes more cooperation between CIOs and agency inspectors general.

Wednesday - 03/27/2013, 05:16am EDT
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DoD in denial about budget future, experts say

Defense budget watchers say despite abundant evidence to the contrary, the Pentagon appears to believe it will eventually get most of its funding wishes over the coming few years. "Whether [sequestration] stays in place for nine more years is an open question, but it's certainly going to be in place for the foreseeable future," said Mackenzie Eaglen, a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.

Monday - 03/25/2013, 05:15am EDT
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Air Force meets fuel efficiency goal several years early

In 2006, the service aimed to cut its fuel use by 10 percent. By 2012, it had reduced consumption by 12 percent.

Friday - 03/22/2013, 05:54am EDT
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Pentagon to delay furlough notices for two weeks

After passage of the 2013 funding bill earlier today, the Pentagon is reassessing its need for civilian furloughs. The Defense Department said it will delay issuance of furlough notices to its 780,000 civilian workers for two weeks. DoD had originally planned to begin sending out furlough notices today.

Thursday - 03/21/2013, 04:06pm EDT

Doubts remain over VA's ability to end huge disability claims backlog

VA officials still insist the 630,000 disability claims waiting to be processed will be eliminated by 2015. But so far, numbers are headed in the wrong direction and House Veterans Affairs Committee members are losing patience.

Thursday - 03/21/2013, 06:31am EDT
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Groups say veteran-owned contracting still broken

Veterans service organizations say despite attempts at improvement, the Department of Veterans Affairs' verification process for veteran-owned small businesses is still barring legitimate firms from contracts with the department, while doing little to deter actual fraud.

Wednesday - 03/20/2013, 03:06pm EDT
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Air Force looks to reboot civilian cyber workforce

Officials aim to redefine operational series codes for civilian cybersecurity workers and offer more pay for additional expertise. The Air Force would like to create an elite cadre of civilian cyber warriors.

Monday - 03/18/2013, 05:11am EDT
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Pentagon applying lessons from past ERP failures

DoD said it is tightening-up governance over its large business IT systems, looking for indicators of future failure and forcing resource sponsors to justify their needs before projects begin. Elizabeth McGrath, DoD's deputy chief management officer, told House lawmakers the Pentagon is working on data quality and changing business processes to avoid previous problems.

Friday - 03/15/2013, 09:09am EDT
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DoD puts 1 million users in its cloud email system

The Army expects to mostly finish the migration to enterprise email by the end of this month. The Air Force and the Navy begin pilot tests using the cloud applications.

Thursday - 03/14/2013, 06:01am EDT
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Sequestration forcing DoD's acquisition programs into 'damage limitation' mode

The Pentagon's acquisition chief said he's planning day-to-day, not year-to-year because of sequestration's indiscriminate cuts and political uncertainty over DoD's budget. In 2014, there will be more opportunities to prioritize, but spending reductions also will lead to cancellation of contracts and downsizing of the military and civilian workforce.

Wednesday - 03/13/2013, 05:46am EDT
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DoD furloughs to begin April 26, with almost no exceptions

The Pentagon will send furlough notices to civilian employees in the next two weeks. Defense components would not be spared from furloughs, regardless of any other efforts they take to offset sequestration.

Tuesday - 03/12/2013, 05:22am EDT
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Army promises improvements in evaluation of soldiers with PTSD

Internal review finds no systemic issues with regard to the misdiagnosis of post-traumatic stress among soldiers, but it makes dozens of recommendations for improving the disability evaluation system.

Monday - 03/11/2013, 06:05am EDT
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FBI investigating NASA whistleblower reports of Chinese data breach

Congressman Frank Wolf, whose subcommittee handles NASA's budget, said whistleblowers have reported a foreign national connected to an 'entity of concern' was allowed to exfiltrate sensitive data to China. The FBI is investigating the allegations.

Friday - 03/08/2013, 05:13am EST
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Joint Chiefs welcome House fiscal 2013 budget proposal

The lower chamber's bill would significantly soften the blow against DoD and potentially eliminate current plans such as civilian furloughs because of the automatic budget cuts. The remainder of the government would remain under both sequestration and a full-year continuing resolution.

Wednesday - 03/06/2013, 06:36am EST
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DoD's recovery from sequestration-related cuts will take months, years

With sequestration now in effect, the Defense Department says it will have to begin to make decisions that cross the threshold between "reversible" cuts to military capability and those that will have long-lasting impacts.

Monday - 03/04/2013, 05:21am EST
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Military worried small business suppliers will disappear during sequestration

Small firms already have taken a disproportionate hit from DoD's pullback in 2013 spending, Pentagon officials say. Military acquisition leaders worry the sudden cuts will bankrupt small businesses that provide one-of-a-kind capabilities.

Friday - 03/01/2013, 06:10am EST
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Sequestration treadmill picking up steam across DoD

The automatic budget cuts set to occur under sequestration will go into effect as a matter of law on Friday. But their full impact won't be felt until late this spring, long after lawmakers encounter the next budget showdown.

Thursday - 02/28/2013, 07:27am EST
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