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10:34 pm, November 25, 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.

DoD building cyber workforce of the future

Military's cyber leaders say job satisfaction has so far trumped salary concerns when it comes to building and retaining a workforce of elite cyber warriors. Building the capacity of that training pipeline is the next challenge.

Wednesday - 09/19/2012, 03:47am EDT
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DoD office helps veterans ease back into civilian life

Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve was set up in 1972 to help employers enable members of the National Guard and Reserve to re-enter the civilian job market.

Monday - 09/17/2012, 10:53am EDT
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From the Pentagon, a plea for budget normalcy

DoD's top financial manager says the Pentagon is pressing forward to meet Congressional edicts for auditable financial statements. But constant federal budget emergencies are sapping huge amounts of energy from the financial workforce tasked with preparing for audit.

Monday - 09/17/2012, 05:09am EDT
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First elements of DoD's Joint Information Environment come together in Europe

At meetings this week, DoD gives European Command the go-ahead to start building the first increment of a standards-based IT environment that will collapse thousands of networks into a single, interoperable environment.

Friday - 09/14/2012, 05:42am EDT
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DoD works to institutionalize contracting lessons from Iraq, Afghanistan

Pentagon says planning for future contingencies will include contract management from the get-go rather than letting be an afterthought.

Thursday - 09/13/2012, 06:06am EDT
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VA's Blue Button now at 1 million users, aims at 100 million soon

Veterans Affairs PHR effort has already gone far beyond VA. After reaching 1 million users, originators of the project have set their sights on 100 million.

Wednesday - 09/12/2012, 05:42am EDT
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FOIA backlog grows even as agencies process more requests

Agencies dedicated more money and personnel to FOIA processing in 2011, but requests grew even faster.

Monday - 09/10/2012, 05:32am EDT

New Army Reserve chief prioritizes suicide prevention, calm message on budget

Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Talley took over as Chief of the Army Reserve in June. He tells Federal News Radio there are only two issues that keep him up at night.

Friday - 09/07/2012, 11:42am EDT
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DoD trying to fix holes in the military voter assistance program

The DoD inspector general found more than half of military voting assistance offices were unreachable using contact information on the website. Pam Mitchell, the interim director of the Federal Voting Assistance Program, said all the phone numbers now are accurate.

Thursday - 09/06/2012, 05:21am EDT
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Order calls for interagency cooperation on veterans' mental health

Executive order calls for vets in emotional distress to be seen by a professional within 24 hours. It also enlists HHS, Education, DoD and VA in interagency partnerships to find treatments for traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress.

Tuesday - 09/04/2012, 05:33am EDT
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Integrated health record tests DoD's agile acquisition aspirations

DoD and VA have both committed to moving from their legacy electronic health record systems to a joint, integrated system by 2017. But there are challenges: an aggressive timeline and an acquisition culture that's not been suited to agility in the past.

Friday - 08/31/2012, 05:11am EDT
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NARA claims progress against backlog of classified papers

Ninety percent of backlogged papers have been assessed and sent to agencies for review, but unexpected problems may cause government to miss 2013 deadline to clear the backlog.

Thursday - 08/30/2012, 05:20am EDT
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Road to interoperable DoD network starts with less-than-perfect solutions

DoD's path to a networking environment that serves the entire military with a single set of standards will start with the premise that 60-80 percent technology solutions are good enough for now. Pentagon wants to start with commercial technologies that can evolve in capability over time.

Wednesday - 08/29/2012, 11:46am EDT
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Study: DoD sequestration cuts would slam federal workforce, delay pain to contractors

Most of the Pentagon's contract spending wouldn't take an immediate hit from sequestration. Conversely, civilian employees would likely be laid-off or furloughed in the few days or weeks after the automatic budget cuts kick in, according to a Washington think tank's analysis of the convoluted laws that govern the automatic cuts

Monday - 08/27/2012, 05:10am EDT
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Cyber Command boss wants better integration of network warriors

Military's cyber offense and defense strategies are being executed by two separate teams that can't sufficiently share knowledge, per the commander of U.S. Cyber Command

Friday - 08/24/2012, 06:49am EDT
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Pentagon IG details 'multiple forms of misconduct' by AFRICOM general

First Africa Command leader misused his authority and government funds, DoD inspector general finds. The review recommends the Army take "appropriate action" against Gen. William Ward.

Friday - 08/17/2012, 04:01pm EDT

DoD IG finds audits at DISA fall short of government standards

A review of audit practices at the military's IT agency finds significant deficiencies in meeting governmentwide "yellow book" auditing standards. DISA agreed with the inspector general's findings and laid out four steps toward improvement.

Monday - 08/13/2012, 05:39am EDT

'Crisis of confidence' as USPS posts $5.2 billion quarterly loss

The Postal Service lost $5.2 billion in the third quarter of this year, bringing its year-to-date tally of red ink to $11.6 billion for the first nine months of 2012. The USPS chief financial officer said the organization's liquid assets are running perilously low. Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe faults an "inflexible" business model and urged action by Congress.

Friday - 08/10/2012, 05:36am EDT
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Army releases $7B solicitation for renewable energy on bases

Army says 130 companies have expressed interest in building renewable facilities on military installations so far. Winners will be picked by the end of the year.

Wednesday - 08/08/2012, 05:23am EDT
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Panetta throws in the towel on 2013 base closures

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says it's now clear another round of BRAC isn't in the cards in the immediate future, but maintains it will be necessary to keep a "balanced force."

Tuesday - 08/07/2012, 05:17am EDT
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