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Navy breaks ground on second-largest federal solar project

The Navy has signed a deal to start funneling green energy to its largest base. Instead of costing money, the project will save money, Navy and industry officials say.

Tags: Energy , SunPower , Navy , China Lake , Clifford Maurer , power purchase agreement , green government , Karen Butterfield , Jared Serbu

Friday - 01/20/2012, 05:08am EST
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Analysis: Sequester unlikely, but major Defense cuts ahead

Russel Rumbaugh, co-director of budgeting for foreign affairs and defense at the Stimson Center, sees the looming sequester as an empty threat. Meanwhile, DoD and the administration move forward with significant cuts in spending.

Tags: Leon Panetta , Federal Drive , Russel Rumbaugh , Stimson Center , sequester , sequestration , budget , Michael OConnell

Thursday - 01/19/2012, 12:13pm EST
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Army updates policy on flying unmanned aircraft in U.S.

The Army uses the drones for warfighter training and unspecified "domestic operations" in civilian airspace.

Tags: DoD Update , Federal Drive , Army

Friday - 01/20/2012, 09:41am EST

Pentagon pays heavy price

Since Pakistan shut down U.S. supply lines in late 2011, the Pentagon has been spending more than six times what it normally does to get supplies to troops in Afghanistan. According to information obtained by the Associated Press, it now costs about $104 million per month to move the supplies through a longer northern route, $87 million more a month than when the cargo moved through Pakistan.

Tags: Pentagon & Beyond , J.J. Green

Thursday - 01/19/2012, 06:28pm EST

GAO: DoD policy for reporting top-secret procurements unclear

Belva Martin, the director of acquisition and sourcing management issues at GAO, joined In Depth with Francis Rose to discuss the agency's latest report on the use of the national-security exception in defense contracting. GAO concluded the Defense Department's rules for when its agencies must disclose the use of the exception are unclear.

Tags: GAO , Belva Martin , In Depth , Francis Rose , contracting , acquisition , Acquisition policy , national security exception

Thursday - 01/19/2012, 07:04pm EST
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DoD Common Access Cards vulnerable to new hack?

Randy Vanderhoof, the executive director of the Smart Card Alliance, joined In Depth with Francis Rose to talk about a potential cybersecurity vulnerability with the Defense Department's Common Access Card.

Tags: cybersecurity , Cybersecurity Update , In Depth , Francis Rose , Common Access Card , Smart Card Alliance , Randy Vanderhoof , smart cards

Thursday - 01/19/2012, 05:54pm EST
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DoD, State agree to share more personnel

The Defense and State Departments have agreed on a new personnel-sharing agreement that State officials called the most "significant formal exchange of personnel" in the history of both departments. The new Memorandum of Understanding on the Non-Reimbursable Exchange of Personnel expands personnel-sharing between the two departments, which was capped at 50 positions. The MOU increases the number of DoD personnel working at State to 98.

Tags: State , workforce , personnel exchange

Thursday - 01/19/2012, 04:59pm EST

Report: Citizen satisfaction with federal services slightly up in 2011

Satisfaction went up 2.3 percent in 2011, according to the American Customer Satisfaction Index released today by Foresee. The bump comes after a decrease of 4.8 percent between 2009 and 2010.

Tags: Forrest Morgesson , ForeSee , ASCI , management , Customer service , IRS , TSA , DHS , Treasury , State , Federal Drive

Thursday - 01/19/2012, 08:47am EST
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