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DoD reassures Congress it is fixing contingency contracting

Senior defense leaders told Congress they've already made huge steps toward implementing the recommendations of the Commission on Wartime Contracting. Former members of the panel say DoD still has a lot of work to do.

Tags: Congress , Senate , Commission on Wartime Contracting , Dov Zakheim , Katherine Schinasi , Claire McCaskill , Frank Kendall , Brooks Bash , acqusition , management , Jared Serbu , Iraq , Afghanistan

Thursday - 10/20/2011, 05:29am EDT
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CJCS Dempsey says military retirement not comparable to civlian

In a blog post on DoDLive.mil, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey said he rejects the comparison of the military retirement system to a civilian retirement system, after the Defense Business Board has recommended changes to the military retirement system to something more like what is available for private-sector civilians.

Tags: Federal Drive , Martin Dempsey , pay and benefits , DoD Report

Thursday - 10/20/2011, 12:19pm EDT

Report: TRICARE changes should focus on maximizing value

A new Center for Strategic and Budgetary Analysis report says the Defense Department should look at improving value in military pay and benefits, not simply cutting. The report also calls for a BRAC-like commission to study service members' benefits.

Tags: pay and benefits , benefits , TRICARE , Todd Harrison , CSBA , supercommittee , budget

Thursday - 10/20/2011, 09:45am EDT

Managers need to unleash workers for successful telework

While agencies and employees are reaping the benefits of telework, many frontline supervisors remain reluctant. They have to learn to manage the work, not the workers, experts say.

Tags: retention , workforce , Telework Enhancement Act , management , technology , OPM , Justin Johnson , Microsoft , Martha Clarkson , Danette Campbell , USPTO , Jim Neighbors , Emily Kopp

Wednesday - 10/19/2011, 05:46am EDT
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IT award recognizes system that sniffs out classified info

Davin Knolton, the assistant chief of staff at the Army Combined Arms Center at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., who created a system that searches for, finds and remediates classified information on unclassified systems, joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Amy Morris to discuss his idea.

Tags: Army , cybersecurity , technology , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Amy Morris , ISC(2) , Davin Knolton

Wednesday - 10/19/2011, 09:06am EDT
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VFW urges members to fight military benefits changes

he Veterans of Foreign Wars on Tuesday urged its 2 million members to plead with Congress to spare military and veterans' benefits as a special deficit-cutting panel looks to slash $1.2 trillion from the federal budget.

Tags: military , supercommittee , Congress , VFW , pay and benefits , benefits

Tuesday - 10/18/2011, 05:04pm EDT

Federal budget and procurement

Host Roger Waldron is joined by Jon Etherton of Etherton and Associates. They will discuss the outlook for congressional budget negotiations.
October 18, 2011 (Encore presentation November 1, 2011 and November 22, 2011)

Tags: acquistion , contracting , Jon Etherton , Etherton and Associates , budget battle , procurement , Commission on Wartime Contracting , Better Buying Initiative , Roger Waldron , Off the Shelf , Coalition for Government Procurement

Tuesday - 10/18/2011, 08:21pm EDT
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Sens. McCain, McCaskill ask DoD to review ANC contracts

Sens. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) have asked the Defense Department to review its ANC contracts and to provide detailed reports on all contracts more than $20 million that went to small businesses in the last five years.

Tags: DoD Report , Claire McCaskill , John McCain , Alaska Native Corporations , contracting , acquisition , Congress , Senate , Federal Drive

Tuesday - 10/18/2011, 08:29am EDT

Agencies consider privacy training after TRICARE data breach

The training would show how to handle personal information, government records and show restrictions on how the data is stored.

Tags: Cybersecurity Update , technology , TRICARE , pay and benefits , data breach , In Depth

Tuesday - 10/18/2011, 05:18pm EDT

Marines frustrated by ban on bracelets

The bracelets commemorate friends who were killed in action and vary in design; some are rubber, some are metal. But they're considered unauthorized jewelry, and the Marine Corps has banned them.

Tags: Federal Drive , DoD Report , Marines

Tuesday - 10/18/2011, 08:37am EDT
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