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Navy News

Office of Naval Research takes new approach on OCI

Mark Bennington, the executive director for acquisition management at the Navy research unit joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Amy Morris to discuss his department's approach to the thorny issues involved in OCIs.

Tuesday - 09/27/2011, 11:10am EDT

CACI lands $33M Navy contract

Government contractor CACI has landed a $33 million contract with the Navy's Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane Division, The Washington Business Journal reports.

Tuesday - 09/20/2011, 11:42am EDT

Navy, USDA, DoE want new biofuels technology

The Agriculture Department, the Energy Department and the Navy are turning to industry to try to leverage advanced technologies to produce a new generation of biofuels. A request for information they just issued says the private sector would have to match any federal funds the agencies spend. The three departments are willing to spend up to 500 million dollars to jumpstart an industry to produce fuels that could serve as drop-in replacements for jet fuel and diesel. The Navy is aiming to get half its energy from alternative sources by the year 2020.

Monday - 09/19/2011, 03:58pm EDT

GAO praises DoD audit plans, questions implementation

In reports and testimony to Congress, the Government Accountability Office finds DoD has built a credible plan to meet a Congressionally-mandated full financial audit by 2017. However, the audit agency is skeptical the military branches will be able to implement the plan in time.

Monday - 09/19/2011, 05:13am EDT

Lockheed submits designs for Navy computing system

Defense contractor Lockheed Martin has submitted its proposal to modernize the Navy's shipboard computing system. The Navy will decide early next year if it will go with Lockheed's designs or proposals from competitor Northrop Grumman.

Wednesday - 09/14/2011, 11:06am EDT

Navy to take right risks to find IT savings

Department of Navy CIO Terry Halvorsen said business systems and infrastructure are two main areas to reduce the cost of the service's technology.
September 8, 2011

Thursday - 09/08/2011, 09:36pm EDT

Air Force at risk of missing financial audit deadline

The Navy and Army told the House Armed Services Committee they were on track to meet the 2017 deadline to have clean financial audit. The Army Corps of Engineers already achieved the goal and the Marine Corps is well on its way as well.

Thursday - 09/08/2011, 07:47pm EDT

Navy, USDA, DoE issue big biofuels RFI

The Departments of the Navy, Agriculture and Energy are asking industry how best to spend $510 million on the future of biofuels. They are leaning on a 1950 law that lets the government pour cash into defense-critical industries.

Wednesday - 08/31/2011, 05:22am EDT

Hurricane Irene spurs federal preparation

Following the tropical storm warning for the Washington, D.C. area issued by the National Weather Service early Friday morning, federal preparation activities are getting underway. The Federal Emergency Management Agency is coordinating efforts.

Friday - 08/26/2011, 07:31am EDT

Navy orders warships in Va. out of Irene's path

The U.S. Navy ordered ships in its biggest East Coast hub to head out to safer waters on Thursday to protect them from approaching Hurricane Irene.

Thursday - 08/25/2011, 08:57pm EDT

Navy, Marines lower bar on IT spending reviews

Each service will have a board to approve technology buys. The Department of the Navy CIO established the level for sign-off at $1 million, but the Navy and Marine Corps set their thresholds much lower. The goal is to gain more control than ever over IT purchases in order to reduce the technology budget by 25 percent over the next five years.

Wednesday - 08/24/2011, 07:06am EDT

Navy to spend $500M for alternative energy

The Navy and Marines want the private sector to help them come up with replacements for petroleum based fuels as part of the departments' efforts at reducing their reliance on foreign sources of energy.

Tuesday - 08/23/2011, 09:39am EDT

Navy targets December for NGEN RFP

The Department of Navy is moving in a different direction for the follow-on to the NMCI contract. Officials said they are unsure how many contract awards they will make.

Friday - 08/19/2011, 04:18pm EDT

Budget survival tips: Prioritization, revision

Agencies must sharpen their pencils to figure out what they can afford in 2012 and beyond. The Labor Department is asking program offices to rethink and redo budget proposals and plans. The Air Force will need to take more surgical cuts to find savings.

Friday - 08/19/2011, 05:30am EDT

Are IT budgets about to feel the squeeze?

Kevin Plexico, a vice president at market research firm Deltek, joined the Federal Drive to discuss the future of agency IT budgets.

Wednesday - 08/17/2011, 08:50am EDT

DoD strategic plan to detail billions in cuts

The Pentagon will issue a strategic management plan by the end of August highlighting the services and agencies' plans and milestones to cut costs from back-office functions. DoD Deputy Chief Management Officer Beth McGrath said there are seven main areas DoD will review, including IT infrastructure, acquisition and the workforce. McGrath already is conducting reviews of the first set of efficiency initiatives that began this year.

Wednesday - 08/17/2011, 05:49am EDT

Navy conducts first shipboard cyber inspection

The U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln has become the first Navy vessel to undergo a cybersecurity inspection while at sea. The ship passed with a score that surpassed what the Navy has been able to accomplish even at its shore-based units.

Monday - 08/15/2011, 07:47pm EDT

New leader for Navy cyber command

The Navy's cyber command will welcome a new leader as it approaches its one-year anniversary since declaring full operational capability.

Wednesday - 08/10/2011, 05:56pm EDT

Making the transition to Washington

Diane Cochran has worked in the Departments of the Navy, Air Force, Energy, and the Office of Personnel Management, at a variety of locations in the continental United States and abroad. She shares what it's like to make the transition to working and living in D.C.

Monday - 08/08/2011, 04:40pm EDT

Navy seeks commercial cloud ideas

The Department of the Navy has issued two requests for information from industry, one on a public-private data center partnership model; another on commercial collaboration software as a service. The department must cut its IT business system spending by 25 percent.

Wednesday - 08/03/2011, 03:30pm EDT
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