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Congress has 'clout' to force clean DoD audits

A House Armed Services Committee panel is reviewing the Pentagon's efforts to reform its auditing practices. Reps. Mike Conaway (R-Texas) and Rob Andrews (D-N.J.) head the panel, which is first trying to get a handle on the scope of the issue, Andrews told Federal News Radio's Federal Drive.

Tags: Federal Drive , Rep. Robert Andrews (D-NJ) , rep. mike conway (r-texas) , financial management , Defense , House Armed Services Committee , Jack Moore

Monday - 07/18/2011, 09:05am EDT
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DoD presses ahead on secure smartphones

Android devices are next up in DoD's effort to get off-the-shelf smartphones up to snuff with the Pentagon's security needs. Also, the Army looks for a better way to do two-factor authentication on mobile devices.

Tags: Defense , technology , mobile , Anmy Torres , Steven Smith , DISA , CAC , Army , HSPD-12 , Jared Serbu

Monday - 07/18/2011, 07:03am EDT
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Vice Joint Chiefs: DoD cyber strategy 'too predictable'

Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General James Cartwright blasted the policy, calling it way too predictable and purely defensive.

Tags: Cybersecurity Update , technology , James Cartwright , cyber strategy , Stars and Stripes , In Depth

Friday - 07/15/2011, 06:33pm EDT

DoD tries new system to improve acquisition decision-making

Mark E. Krzysko, deputy director of Defense Procurement and Acquisition Policy, told Federal News Radio about the new system the Pentagon is using to improve acquisition. The Acquisition Visibility program gives DoD officials on-demand access to procurement data.

Tags: In Depth , Francis Rose , acquisition , contracting , acquisition workforce , mark krzysko

Friday - 07/15/2011, 03:07pm EDT
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DoD cyber strategy aims at deterrence

The Defense Department will focus its energies on trying to make its IT systems so hard to penetrate that adversaries won't bother trying. The Pentagon barely mentions offensive capabilities in its new cyber strategy.

Tags: industry , cybersecurity , William Lynn , James Cartwright , James Langevin , Alan Chvotkin , Professional Services Council , technology , information sharing , defense industrial base , Jared Serbu

Friday - 07/15/2011, 07:00am EDT
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DoD too slow in assessing workforce needs

GAO finds the Pentagon isn't moving fast enough in improving the skills of their workforce. House lawmakers focused in the acquisition workforce, specifically. DoD defended its efforts, pointing to the 8,600 new acquisition workers hired over the past few years.

Tags: contracting , pay and benefits , vicky hartzler , larry kissell , keith charles , Howard McKeon , Brenda Farrell , GAO , House Armed Services Committee , acquisition , acquisition workforce , human capital management , High Risk list , Peter Buxbaum

Friday - 07/15/2011, 06:50am EDT

PSC calls contracting provisions into question

The Professional Services Council details likes and dislikes of procurement language in the 2012 DoD Authorization bill.

Tags: contracting , industry , Stan Soloway , Roger Jordan , Professional Services Council , DoD authorization bill , service contracting , political contributions , Peter Buxbaum

Thursday - 07/14/2011, 07:09am EDT

Treasury to process all invoices electronically

All agency bureaus will implement the Internet Payment Platform by 2012. Additionally, all Treasury vendors must submit invoices through the portal starting in 2013. The electronic invoice payment program is one of 12 initiatives to improve federal financial management.

Tags: financial management , technology , Mark Reger , Mark Easton , Treasury , OMB , electronic invoice processing , financial management reform , Campaign to Cut Waste , AGA , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 07/13/2011, 06:27pm EDT
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Senators fight DoD hiring freeze

Democratic Senators, led by Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), say Panetta's plan breaks the law.

Tags: Leon Panetta , hiring freeze , budget , Barbara Mikulski , Claire McCaskill , Tom Harkin , Patty Murray , Sherrod Brown , Jory Heckman

Tuesday - 07/12/2011, 04:30pm EDT
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