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5:03 am, December 21, 2014

DoD News

Hagel encouraged about Iraq

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, after meeting with Iraq's leaders in Baghdad, has indicated he was encouraged by their progress and vision for the future.

Wednesday - 12/10/2014, 10:31am EST

DoD aims for more consistent decisions on ‘commercial' items

The Defense Contract Management Agency is creating a new team of dedicated pricing experts, looking for more consistent decisions within DoD about what constitutes a commercial product.

Wednesday - 12/10/2014, 04:52am EST
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A pathway to transformation

Jon Etherton, president of Etherton and Associates, will discuss a new report that looks at how to fix the defense acquisition system.
December 9, 2014

Tuesday - 12/09/2014, 05:36pm EST
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Iraqi forces get new start

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel says Iraqi security forces have new momentum in their battle to regain territory lost this year to ISIL.

Tuesday - 12/09/2014, 09:50am EST

Disability hiring on the rise, OPM says

Four years after a push from the President, the federal government is hiring employees with disabilities at a rate that's higher than it's been in decades, according to a new report from the Office of Personnel Management.

Monday - 12/08/2014, 11:39am EST

Jessica Wright, top Pentagon personnel official, set to retire next year

Jessica Wright, who's served as the undersecretary of Defense for personnel and readiness since January 2013, announced on Thursday that she'll be retiring at the end of March.

Monday - 12/08/2014, 04:43am EST

Pentagon launching new review of LPTA contracts

Industry seems to think "lowest-price technically acceptable" contracts are pervasive and are causing many firms to lose money on contracts. But Frank Kendall, the Pentagon's acquisition chief, has told us before that he suspects a few high-profile cases have blown the whole thing out of proportion.

Monday - 12/08/2014, 04:30am EST

DoD awards contracts for its first large-scale financial audit

This week, the Pentagon awarded a series of contracts to outside accounting firms to begin the widest-ranging series of external financial audits in the department's history.

Monday - 12/08/2014, 04:25am EST

Pentagon, Congress make changes to DoD CIO's role

The Pentagon is making some adjustments to the role of its chief information officer, intended in part to help lay down where the CIO's role begins and ends with respect to DoD's still-developing cyber doctrine.

Monday - 12/08/2014, 04:12am EST

Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook: Changes to CIO role, a $37 million financial audit, and review of LPTA contracts

In this week's "Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook," the Pentagon is making some adjustments to the role of its chief information officer; DoD awards contracts for its first large-scale financial audit; the Pentagon's acquisition chief says a few high-profile "lowest-price technically acceptable" cases have blown the whole thing out of proportion and Jessica Wright, who's served as the undersecretary of Defense for personnel and readiness since January 2013, announced that she'll be retiring at the end of March.

Monday - 12/08/2014, 04:08am EST

Obama shakes up Pentagon leadership, not policy

Obama shakes up Pentagon leadership with Carter nomination, but policy changes less likely

Saturday - 12/06/2014, 02:34am EST

Audits Scheduled

The DoD has awarded contracts to independent public accounting firms to conduct audits of current year appropriated funds for all of the military services.

Friday - 12/05/2014, 01:41pm EST

Todd Harrison, Senior Fellow, Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments

The big national defense authorization bill is moving through Congress. It passed the House yesterday, and the Senate is expected to take it up next week. In purely military spending terms, the bill is a mixed bag. Some programs and platforms get plus-ups, others get cuts. Todd Harrison is a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. He's been studying the bill, and joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to analyze the bill's winners and losers.

Friday - 12/05/2014, 07:58am EST
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Mixed news in military sexual assaults report

Mixed news in latest report on military sexual assaults _ some good, some bad

Friday - 12/05/2014, 05:50am EST

Jessica Wright, DoD's under secretary for personnel and readiness, retires

After a 40-year career in government, Under Secretary for Personnel and Readiness Jessica Wright announced her retirement to President Obama and DoD Secretary Chuck Hagel on Wednesday. As under secretary, Wright oversaw personnel matters for DoD's workforce and called for reforms to stop sexual assaults in the military.

Friday - 12/05/2014, 04:40am EST

Obama to announce defense secretary pick Friday

Obama turning to seasoned defense operative as choice for Pentagon chief

Thursday - 12/04/2014, 09:56pm EST

Hagel to address sexual assault among troops

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel releases a report Thursday on the Department of Defense's recent progress in addressing sexual assault.

Thursday - 12/04/2014, 10:28am EST

OFPP's Rung rolls out 3-pronged acquisition improvement plan

Office of Federal Procurement Policy administrator Anne Rung has released a memo detailing a road map to create a new model for federal contracting. The administration will expand the concept of category management across the government, while also developing a cadre of IT acquisition experts and revamping the government's relationship with its vendors.

Thursday - 12/04/2014, 06:00am EST
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Pentagon casts wide net to build its next long-range technology strategy

New request for information kicks off DoD's long-range R&D planning initiative, an effort to regain technological superiority that Defense officials fear is rapidly eroding.

Thursday - 12/04/2014, 03:47am EST
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Iran joins bombing campaign

In an unusual turn of events, Iran has joined the U.S. in bombing ISIL, but it's not something the U.S. set up.

Wednesday - 12/03/2014, 06:07pm EST
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